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Ideas for Picking Trees To Grow


Varieties of Trees To Grow. written by: wandabo There are many different types of trees to grow, some of which are indigenous to one continent or even country, and some that are found almost everywhere around the world. This article looks at a few of the most popular types of trees and tells a little about each.

Willow Trees
Willow trees – or “weeping willows” are found on the banks of rivers where their branches often hang down into the water, thus giving the impression that they are weeping. Of course, what they are in fact doing is sucking up moisture from the river so that they rather cunningly get better fed and can enjoy a healthier existence.

Apple Trees
Apple trees are best the most popular type of tree in the world that bears fruit we can eat. This is because apples were considered the “forbidden” fruit in the Book of Genesis in the Bible and it was by tempting Adam with an apple that Eve caused the fall of man. Of course, although an apple is often assumed to be the fruit that tempted Adam, it has been suggested that it was merely symbolic and that it could have been any fruit. Apples are also iconic because they are the logo and name of one of the world’s largest IT companies. Whether the company and the fall of man are related is unproven.

Pine Trees
Pine trees are a particular favorite of children because they are – of course – also Christmas trees. At Christmas, we place gifts underneath them and then on Christmas Day unwrap the presents, which is why children have such a fond association with the tree. Part of the whole build up to Christmas centers round the tree and decorating it, with the high bushy branches being very useful for hanging decorations and ornaments from.

Oak Trees
Oak trees are symbolic of the countryside and are considered to be particularly robust and durable. They can grow to be tall and old, and they are very resistant to the sorts of fungal attacks that kill many other trees. The oak trees also now feature on the badge of the Conservative Party, as they want to be associated with all the right qualities of the tree.These are just a few of the many types of a tree there are worldwide, and you should now have an idea what they mean to various people.

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Building a DIY Fire Pit

A fire pit is the most basic, but also the most attractive, type of garden heater and it can be built very simply with a limited amount of DIY skill.

What is a fire pit?

A fire pit is nothing more than a hole in the ground into which wood or coal can be placed and ignited. Most fire pits are however more involved than this and their design takes account of aesthetics and a more permanent structure.

Generally some form of seating or benching, along with a hard landscaped area, are also part of most fire pit projects.

The basic design

The main functional feature of a fire pit is an excavated hole in the ground. This hole is usually circular and has a diameter of not less than 18 inches. Most fire pits will be between 2 and 3 feet in diameter and the base of the pit will be between 6 inches and one foot below the surrounding finished ground level.

In order to make the fire pit more functional, more attractive and more versatile, a small wall is built around the perimeter of the pit. This enclosing wall will usually be between 12 to 18 inches high. It acts to contain the fire, tidy up the appearance and radiate and convect heat outwards from the fire pit.

A more complete design also supplements the fire pit with some surrounding hard landscaping and masonry bench seating.

The build

1. The first task is to find a suitable location. This should be away from buildings and other flammable materials and vegetation. The area should be generally flat and well drained.

2. Next, sand or chalk should be used to make a visible impression of the pits shape on the ground enabling the pit to be excavated. The base of the pit should be made of at least 6 inches of concrete, or better still 6 inches of compacted hardcore with a further 6 inches of concrete on top. This would require a dig of about 18 inches. This should require nothing more than a spade.

Important: If you intend to build the “fire pit wall” on a concrete base, then the pit diameter should be adjusted to allow for the additional width of the fire pit wall. This will save the need for a separate footing.

3. Once the fire pit base is complete and the concrete has set, it will be possible to build the fire pit wall. The wall will run around the perimeter of the fire pit and enclose it.

This wall may be made of loose-laid stone or brick, or of mortar bonded masonry. If the latter is the case, then an additional mortar layer can be used to line the internal surface of the wall. In either case the stones or bricks should be staggered for stability and appearance.

4. Whilst this completes the main fire pit project, pavers, paving slabs, cobbles or brick sets can be used to create a clean and hard wearing surface around the fire pit.

Additionally, a simple but attractive seating area can be built around the fire pit by using the same style of stones or bricks to make a basic flat topped bench.

Keeping things simple

Although it is comparatively easy to build a fire pit using any number of easily available masonry materials, many companies sell fire pit kits (for more info see [http://www.gardenheaters.net/fire-pit.html]) and these come with all of the materials necessary, plus DIY instructions. Basic kits may include the pit, base and wall materials, but the deluxe kits will include everything necessary to create a complete patio and seating area around the fire pit.

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Blooming Tips

Tips to help you get more bloom

When it comes to gardening, flowers are more difficult to maintain compared to crops, lawns and backyards. With a little effort however, you can have a healthy flower garden that will not only be the envy of gardeners in your area but will appeal even to those who know nothing about gardening. Here is a look at how you can help your flower garden bloom.

The soil feeds that feeds the  flowers

This is where your plants will be getting all the nutrients they need. Therefore it has to be made as rich in these nutrients as possible. An easy way to do this is to use organic material. This ranges from compost to the dung from animals like chicken and goats. If you are keeping any the better of you are. You could also use fertilizers to improve the nutrients of the soil. Among the commonest nutrients in fertilizer bags are phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen. These are known to develop the root system, aid flower formation and promote foliage growth respectively. You could do a soil test to determine what nutrients are lacking.

Water is life

Just like humans, plants and more flowers require water to remain healthy. To determine if there is enough water, dig about 2 inches into the soil and water only if it is dry. In extreme water lack, the flowers will hang their heads and even begin withering. If watered often however, they will be beautiful and full of life. Do not use too much water to avoid making the roots soggy which could kill the plants.

Be on the lookout for pests, weeds and diseases

These are your flowers’ biggest enemies. Weeds are not only ugly but also compete with your plants for their nutrients. They also provide a habitat for pests which cause destruction leading to death of the flowers. Different plants can suffer different diseases and it is best to be on the lookout for the earliest signs which include leave holes, stem spotting, plants withering and so on. To get rid of pests and diseases make use of the appropriate chemical sprays. As for weeds you can spray them or use manual methods to pull them out. The trick here is to take action early!

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Planting trees on new home gardens

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When planning trees for new homes, there are many different factors to consider. Researching natural features, such as the soil type (is it acidic or alkaline and whether it is its composition is clay, sand, chalk or silt), full sun and shady areas of your garden is an important place to start. By identifying these natural features you can make informed decision on the plants that will thrive in your garden and the best positions to place them.

A well designed garden will pay considerable attention to balance and overall harmony. To achieve these, there needs to be variations in height, density, shape, scale and colour incorporated into the design. In addition to the planting, you need to plan areas of hard landscaping such as decking, patios, pathways and fencing. These will provide contrast to planted areas and can be used to add shape and definition in the garden.

By incorporating trees in your garden design, you can add architectural shape and height. Trees are good for providing privacy by screening a particular area, so you can have more secluded spaces for relaxing. In modern homes where a garden may by overlooked by neighbours, gaining privacy can be very welcome. Using trees for screening will also reduce noise pollution if your home is close to a main road or railway line. Trees can also provide shade in areas of full sun,they attract wildlife, reduce erosion, can provide year round colour, can add to self-sufficiency with fruits and nuts as well as adding maturity to a newly planted garden.

There are disadvantages to planting trees too. When planted close to buildings, they can cause damage; tree roots are big culprits in damage to the foundations of houses and surrounding pipework. They can absorb large quantities of water, which can make it difficult for other plants to compete and the shade they provide can limit the growth of other plants. If you select a deciduous tree you will spend considerable time clearing leaves from lawns and gutters in the autumn and for larger trees you are likely to need to services of a tree surgeon on occasions to keep the tree healthy and in shape.

As with any plant the correct choice of tree is important, as is the position in which it is planted. By spending time researching the fully grown size of the tree and its particular characteristics, you can find a species that is suitable for your garden and manageable in terms of on-going maintenance.

Once you have selected your species, you also need to properly prepare the area before you plant your trees. Trees can be purchased as bare roots (with no soil), container or root balled. A hole three times the size the diameter of the roots needs to be dug and the soil in the bottom and sides of the hole should be loosened with a fork and organic matter should be added. The tree roots should be soaked overnight to ensure the tree is well watered. When the tree has been planted in the hole, a stake should also be added to provide support. The stake shouldn’t be attached too tightly, as you need to allow for tree growth. There are different methods of staking a tree including angled stakes, guying and root anchors. Once staked you need to partially back fill the hole, and then tread down the soil before adding the next layer. Once planting is completed, the tree will need regular watering and a spring feed to keep it healthy and promote growth.  For more information on what trees to plant in a new house, have a look at this.

 

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When it comes to gardening, flowers are more difficult to maintain compared to crops, lawns and backyards. With a little effort however, you can have a healthy flower garden that will not only be the envy of gardeners in your area but will appeal even to those who know nothing about gardening. Here is a look at how you can help your flower garden bloom.

The soil feeds the flowers

This is where your plants will be getting all the nutrients they need. Therefore it has to be made as rich in these nutrients as possible. An easy way to do this is to use organic material. This ranges from compost to the dung from animals like chicken and goats. If you are keeping any the better of you are. You could also use fertilizers to improve the nutrients of the soil. Among the commonest nutrients in fertilizer bags are phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen. These are known to develop the root system, aid flower formation and promote foliage growth respectively. You could do a soil test to determine what nutrients are lacking.

Water is life

Just like humans, plants and moreso flowers require water to remain healthy. To determine if there is enough water, dig about 2 inches into the soil and water only if it is dry. In extreme water lack, the flowers will hang their heads and even begin withering. If watered often however, they will be beautiful and full of life. Do not use too much water to avoid making the roots soggy which could kill the plants.

Be on the lookout for pests, weeds and diseases

These are your flowers’ biggest enemies. Weeds are not only ugly but also compete with your plants for their nutrients. They also provide a habitat for pests which cause destruction leading to death of the flowers. Different plants can suffer different diseases and it is best to be on the lookout for the earliest signs which include leave holes, stem spotting, plants withering and so on. To get rid of pests and diseases make use of the appropriate chemical sprays. As for weeds you can spray them or use manual methods to pull them out. The trick here is to take action early!