Friday, May 17, 2013

Some Ideas for Planting a Gravel Garden

I can think of a number of positive reasons for creating a Gravel Garden. Once established they are very low maintenance. Also in these times of climate change, they are drought tolerant. Gravel Gardens are normally associated with a Mediterranean style of Planting and plants found in this region are ideally suited. Here is a short guide on how to create a Gravel Garden and some of the plants that will thrive in one.

You can create a Gravel Garden in almost any area of your Garden. However, a sunny spot with well-drained soil is best suited for Planting Mediterranean plants. Ideally, you will need a sandy or Gravelly type of soil. But don't despair if your soil does not fit the bill, just add plenty of Gravel, sand and organic matter to the area you want to use to change the structure of the soil.

There are various types of Gravel you can use, from fine grades to chunkier types. I think a medium grade Gravel is best as it is easier to walk on and will not become stuck in the tread of footwear or easily spread about. You can also buy Gravels in different colours. Choose a colour that blends well with any stone you already have in the Garden. When spreading Gravel over the required area, make sure you use enough to create a depth of at least 6cm. Once planted, your Gravel Garden will require a bit of intense weeding for the first year or two. But once the plants become well established they will be large enough to suppress most invading weeds. Extra Gravel can be added when needed.

There is a large list of plants suited to Gravel Gardens including shrubs, bulbs, perennials and annuals. Just make sure you are aware of the eventual size of the plant before placing it, smaller plants can easily become swamped by those that grow larger. For bulbs, try both small and larger varieties of allium and colchicum. Shrubs such as hebe, cistus and cordyline look great in Gravel Gardens. Herbs are also a good idea as they will release their delicious scent as you brush past them. Plant lavender, rosemary, santolina and thyme. There are many herbaceous perennials you can use, my favourites include euphorbia, kniphofia, nepeta, osteospermum and sedum. You can also use grasses in Gravel Gardens. These graceful plants will add some structure and atmosphere as their delicate stems sway in the breeze. As with any Garden design, colour can be added by Planting seasonal annuals in your Gravel Garden.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

5 Tips for Planning Your Home Landscape

When Planning your Landscape, there are several factors that need to be taken into Home Landscape, be sure to keep these helpful Tips in mind.
consideration. Failure to consider these factors can result in unnecessary expense while also creating more work for you in the long run. Therefore, before you start purchasing plants for your

Tip #1: Understand the Needs of Your Plants Just because a plant looks good in the nursery, it doesn't necessarily mean it will work well in your Landscape. Check the plant to learn more about its climate needs as well as its soil requirements and the amount of sun exposure it can withstand. Also, consider the ultimate size of the plan to determine if it will fit well in your Landscape. It is easy to forget about how big a plant will ultimately get. Make sure you have the space available to let the plant reach its full potential.  

Tip #2: Create a Theme It is easy to fall in love with a variety of plants and to want to buy them all for your garden, but a lack of theme or plant continuity will result in a hodgepodge Landscape that is unattractive and difficult to maintain. If you absolutely must have a variety of plants, choose a few theme plants to repeat throughout the garden in order to help pull the whole garden together. 

Tip #3: Plant to the Proper Depth Many Home gardeners plant their plants too deep, which will ultimately cause the plant to die. This is particularly problematic with trees, which may start to die off after they have become mature simply because they were planted too deep. Not only does this ruin your Landscape design, but getting these trees removed and replacing them with new trees can be quite costly. 

Tip #4: Choose Well-Drained Soil Poor-draining soil is a leading cause of root rot and other problems with plants. Amend your soil with organic material in order to create good drainage and to encourage strong root growth. If you are growing native plants, amend the soil with sand or pumice. 

Tip #5: Prune Your Plants Properly Improper pruning is not only unattractive, it also weakens your plants. Avoid pruning your plants into the shape of a ball, creating big puffs of foliage at the ends of their branches or stripping away the lower leaves of your plants. Similarly, don't make the mistake of thinking a dormant plant is dead. If the plant has branches that are dry and that snap easily, it is dead. If the branches are pliable and difficult to break, however, it is still alive.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

How To Take Care of Your Landscape Plants

Now that you have taken the first step to improve your lawn, proper Care and maintenance must be next on your list. Keep in mind that sun, rain, and vehicle smoke can damage your new Landscape so you should do the suitable routines as the homeowner. Your artificial grass and natural Plants still need your attention even though you have reliable products and services. Keeping the quality of your yard is simple if you know what to do. Watering, adding fertilizers, pruning, and applying mulch may depend on the size and requirements of your Plants. Fortunately, you can focus on growing and caring for your herbs and flowers because synthetic lawn requires little attention. Here are some tips on looking after your new Landscape. Water your Plants everyday Every plant needs water to grow and develop. Many homeowners make a mistake and prevent these activities because they under or over pour water on their Plants. Both can lead to withering so it is important to learn about the proper amount of water and way of watering they require. You may have to know the type of your soil and plant to get the suitable measurement. Consulting your Landscape provider can help because they give watering instructions for their products. You must also decide if you want to water them using a hose or a can. Roots absorb the water so pour it mainly on the soil, not on the leaves. Add fertilizers every season Most homeowners ask if a plant can sustain its life just by sun and water. This can be possible but with little nutrients from these elements, your plant may become weak when exposed to natural forces such as wind and pests. You can reduce these risks by giving them the proper nourishment through fertilizers. Landscape providers usually apply fertilizers at the time of planting. You may rely on this for the crucial first few weeks but your Plants need nutrients as they grow. Be Careful, however, because over stuffing fertilizers on the soil are also not suitable. Keep it in moderation and add after every season. Prune when necessary Over time, your Plants may develop weak parts such as damaged branches or withering trees. Prune and remove these elements to be sure of your plant's continuous growth. These can prevent maturity because they suck in the nutrients meant for the whole plant. Certain risks come in the pruning process. Be Careful because you may cut healthy parts along with the deceased or excess ones. You can avoid these situations by examining the Plants Carefully. Most Landscape providers offer pruning services so do not hesitate to call them again. Apply mulch Mulch can make a big difference to your plant's growth. It helps prevent the development of weeds and prevent soil erosion. You can also rely on these substances to regulate the soil temperature and keep the water on the ground longer. Making mulch is simple because artificial grass, stones, leaves, seaweed, and wood ashes usually serve. These are some tips on taking Care of your new Landscape Plants. Keep these in mind and visit websites like to help for your lawn needs. Denise G Fullerton works in the Landscape industry and gives tips on maintaining the quality of lawns and Plants.

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