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Making The Garden A Safer Place For All

While anyone can appreciate a great garden, there are some precautions that may need to be taken. For one, children make for keen explorers and will eat, smell and / or touch anything that catches their attention. As such if one has a garden, particularly with a family or pets, there is need to make sure that the plant life found in it does not pose a threat to both humans and the animals that make up the family.

The first and possibly most important precaution is to make a garden safe for babies and toddlers. Because of the color, scents and visually stimulating nature of plants and flowers, children generally gravitate towards gardens. Because of this, there can be no substitute to manually supervising one’s child when they spend time anywhere near plant life. However in the real world this is not always feasible. As such consider cordoning or uprooting plants that look suspicious, unless the kids are old enough to know not eat everything they see.

Another step one can take to make the garden a safer place is to avoid open and unattended holes and gaps. While these may pose minimal threats to people, it is possible for a dog or similar pet to fall in, seriously injuring themselves in the process. Fencing off work in progress or covering it up is a good way to avoid any unnecessary accidents.

As you work towards making your garden safe for all visitors, it is a good idea to make sure that flowerpots and other kinds of pottery such as garden gnomes are well placed and secure. If placed in a haphazard manner, without consideration of visitors, young and old, they may cause injury as people trip over them. In even more grave scenarios, suspended pot plants can fall on someone causing quite a nasty injury. Regular maintenance and checking of these can be the difference between a lovely stroll and a visit to the outpatients section of the hospital.

While these are great ways to make the garden a safer space, it is important to observe general safety rules as well. Running in the garden and carrying heavy loads are some examples of things to refrain from in order to fully enjoy the experience.

Claiming Your Piece Of Paradise

imageWhenever you look at a postcard or ad about tropical destinations, the unmistakable greenery and forestry is enough to inspire even the biggest couch potato to jump on the next plane. However, the harsh reality is that not everyone can spare the time nor money to engage in these kinds of activities. Furthermore, the few that actually get to visit can only experience the atmosphere for as long as they are there, usually just a few days or weeks at best. An answer to this plight has cropped up in the form of exotic plant gardening.

Nothing screams the tropics and leisurely holiday – making like a palm tree. Known by the botanical name, Trachycarpus fortune, a palm tree boasts a thick trunk with wide fan – shaped leaves. Palm seeds are relatively easy to get at gardening shops, though it would be recommended that one buys a shoot and then transplant it. By keeping your new plant protected from strong winds and covering it with grass over the winter period, you should be able to enjoy a nice palm shade in no time. Cocktails and a hammock are optional!

For those looking for a bit of mountainous inspiration, a fern can create the right atmosphere. Though there are many varieties of ferns, they all share the quality of being resilient and can endure extreme weather. This makes it a perfect plant for someone with a lock – up and go lifestyle, as it requires minimal attention. As long as you keep it away from hot, glaring sunshine, it should fare quite well.

Another favorite when it comes to adding an exotic touch to your garden is the arum lily. Giving a hint of oriental appearance and aroma, this white, angelic flower will dazzle any visitor to your assemblage. These plants do very well in a damp area, close to a pond if available. Though they are fairly tough the sunlight is a requirement. A bit more attention is required when it comes to pruning and mulching but all your efforts will come to fruition once the plant starts thriving.
By adding simple exotic plants into your garden, you can unlock a wonder world that can provide a peaceful refuge when you need to unwind.

A word of caution though, always consult your local garden expert about invasive plants before introducing a new plant species in your garden.

The Zoo In My Backyard: Bringing Life To Your Garden

imageThere is nothing that creates a more surreal and bustling atmosphere in a home than a garden that is abuzz with both flora and fauna. Animals of different shapes and sizes help bring an exciting dimension to your garden. Though it may seem difficult to encourage animal life into your garden, there are a few things you can do to make this a reality. The added bonus of having animals in your garden, unlike pets, is that these creatures require minimal care and supervision. By simply providing basic amenities like shelter and food, you will enjoy the wild variety of animals, insects and birds in your backyard.

An inventive way to attract animal life to your garden is building a pond. Because of the vital role that water plays in all forms of life, by just having a pond, many species of animal life will gladly visit your garden. The biggest advantage to that is you can regulate how big and deep the pond can be, hence having a say in the type of creatures you attract to your domain.

Compost heaps are also a great way to promote biodiversity in your garden. In addition to providing nourishment to your plants, compost piles serve as a home and food source for all sorts of insects and invertebrates. Anything from earth worms to hedgehogs may find its way to your space. Once again, you can determine how big you want the heap to be.

Another manner in which you can bring a buzz to your garden is by planting nectar rich flowers. Varieties such as dandelions, rosemary, and lavender are all flowers that have an abundance of nectar to attract all sorts of pollen seeking insects. The best part is you can choose which type of insects you want to have around you as different kinds of nectar draw different insects. In this regard, once the flowers are in bloom, you can look forward to bees, moths, butterflies and hummingbirds becoming frequent visitors to your space.
As can be seen, there are various ways in which you can bring in an added dimension to your garden by introducing animal life. The plus is that you have some leeway on the size, number and type of animals you can have.

Keeping Your Garden On A Healthy Diet

green-waste-513609_640Gardening has long been a therapeutic and highly rewarding exercise for most people, whether in the country side or for urban dwellers. One of the most frustrating things however, can be a garden that fails to thrive, regardless of how much time and effort put into it. Among many reasons, it can be the case that a garden lacks the required nutrients in terms of quantity and / or quality. Just as people are leaning to more healthy, organic diets, so too should be the case with a garden. Though synthetic fertilizers may provide a quick fix, for long lasting results, it is necessary to provide your garden with wholesome nourishment. A sure way to do this is by making a compost heap.

The first thing to consider is the containment that will be used. Since a compost is basically a mix of decomposing organic material, there is no need to construct an elaborate structure. What is of great importance is to have a framework that can hold all the ingredients intact, allowing the complete decomposition of plant matter within it. Ideally, the structure should allow free flowing air movement and be extendable.

When it comes to the mound itself, the type of items that you include is of great significance. If possible, there should be a good combination of dried out and green organic matter, mainly plants. Another important consideration is to keep the compost humid, by watering periodically. Leftover newspapers, old wood and dry leaves along with food waste and lawn cuttings make for a perfect combination.

It is also a good thing to figure out what type of compost will work for your specific space. Composts usually come in two forms. One can either opt for a stationary variant or a rotating model. A stationery compost is most convenient for small spaces or crowded apartment blocks, where something as simple as a bin containment can be used. With rotating composts, a tumbler that aids in the mixing and humidifying process is employed, making for a richer humus, at a faster rate.

These are all proven techniques that can be used to improve your garden’s state of being and assure that any gardener’s best efforts pay off.

Early Intervention To Help Flowers Bloom

beautiful-2703_640Spring is upon us and many are looking forward to the lovely aromas and scents that define this wonderful time in the year. However, anyone who has tried their hand in gardening will tell you that it is not always the case that flowers will bloom as desired and flourish with the turn of the sun. Sometimes that extra touch is required to turn that garden you have been carefully nurturing, into the colorful paradise that you desperately want it to be.

To make sure that your garden is dazzling throughout the season, peppered with different shades, hues and fragrances, make sure to populate it with plants that bloom at alternating times throughout the season. This gives a gorgeous, cyclical spectrum in which one set of flowers blooms and as that group is beginning to die off, another group of plants is picking up, in bloom. Resultantly your garden will exude an endless exotic feel to it, all season long.

The next hint will sound counterproductive but it actually works. The idea is to keep a lookout for your plants as they start to bloom. Once the first sign of flowers appears, gently nip the initial blossoms. While it may feel like you are damaging the plant, this activity actually assists the plant, as it promotes the movement of liquids and valuable nutrients within the stem and flower. In no time, new blooms that look fuller, more colorful and are generally stronger will appear.

A more obvious option is to add supplemental nutrition to the flowers. Though many gardeners put focus on the wellbeing of the plant as a whole, not many take note of the fact that the flowers themselves also need essential nutrients for their livelihood. Most garden and home stores have a wide variety of fertilizers such as osmocote, that contain important nourishment for the flower. Combining this with regular watering and adequate light can be enough to create your dream garden.

By following these simple techniques, one can aid the garden in reaching its full potential. It is important to view the plant in its totality and tend to both its needs and the ecosystem in which it exists.