Best Time to do Trimming and Pruning

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Pruning.. Why Even Bother Calling an Arborist?

A decision that requires our utmost attention, once in a while you hear somebody say “Don’t you think the trees need pruning?” Well, if you ask me, it is probably best to first get some guidelines as to when it is best for trimming and snipping. Pruning is done to ensure that the trees stay healthy and away from the bad dead branches, they might cause the good ones to suffer. Diseases and infection spread if trees are not cared for and that is why most trees don’t look as good as they should.

Best and Worst Time

Like the flowers and plants bloom in summer and wither in the winter, it is the nature that is and always will stay like this. Trees too have a cycle, new growth is usually done is the spring. Why? Because the trees and the flowers blossom in the sunlight and new shades of life come forward. Whereas they usually fade in winter and that is a sign to prune the dying leaves and tree branches.
People also prune in summer that is when excessive sunlight damages the tree branches to a level that they no longer seem to grow. It is also said by many experts that pruning should be done when the seasonal growth is complete. This will enhance the blossoming of trees and the flowers on them.

Get an Expert’s Advice

When is it not good to prune a tree? Experts believe that fall is the time when decomposing fungi spreads and the healing abilities of the tree is slowed down, so it is probably best to leave the trees be and wait for the right time. Pruning is the best maintenance a tree can get, it will keep the tree in shape, make it look younger and healthier. However the timing is crucial and must be kept in mind before any DIY techniques for tree pruning or trimming. It is also better to hire the professional such as an arborist: http://treesurgical.com/arborist-chicago/ as they know exactly what to do and when to do. This professional advice and experience can save you a whole lot of effort and time.

Indoor Plants Outside

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Moving House Plants out in the Garden for summer

The secret of blossoming plants

Most our household plants are kept in the balcony or garden in summer, some flourish while some get burned up. Many people lack the knowledge of gardening which results into plants drying up or leaves turning yellow. The most important thing about gardening is to know your plants, which ones need to be placed under the sun, for how long, giving them just the right amount of water and they will grow as green as you can imagine. The secret to plants flourishing depends on where you keep your plant at particular times i.e. when it rains, when the sun is out or when the sun sets.

The ideal time

Whereas there cannot be a fixed time for all the plants to be placed outside. Each and every plants requires a certain attention as many household plants are not acclimated to full sun. Make sure to put them outside where they don’t receive direct sunlight but filtered light, probably a half shade would be nicer. It is also important to protect them from harsh and severe temperatures like heavy rainfall, hail, scorching sun etc.

The right amount of care

One always need tips regarding household plants and gardening. A little up and down in their care can lead to their deterioration. It is advised to bring inside all your household plants when it is the end of summer or when the evening have started to become cool again. When you bring back inside, make sure to wash them off a little with warm water as they are not very much accustomed to the low humidity and light conditions. Keeping them protected from insects is also necessary. A daily examine is recommended especially when you bring them inside your house. These little tips are going to come in very handy when you choose to keep indoor plants.

Reference and Resources:

For more on moving house plants outside, check out this article and more advice and ideas

If you would like to find out more about acclimatizing plants back indoors for the winter, see this article here.

Small Space Gardening

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Less Space, More Greens – Beginners Guide

Is less space in your garden stopping you from growing more vegetable plants, fruits and flowers?

Then you might not have heard about square foot gardening. This is a relatively new technique of dividing the fertilized land into considerable portions and carefully planning to convert it into an intensively planted garden full of foliage.This way you can even convert your 3-4 feet empty area into a vegetable or fruit garden with lots of greenery.

People nowadays live in houses that are more compact and hence very few have a wide garden just outside their door where they can grow their own fresh plants. Well this trend is long gone and now all you need is a 12” inch area, gardening gloves, some intensive gardening skills and you are good to go! A perfect Greenery in no time.

The best fit plants for your small garden

The debate most likely is about “Which plants would be best to plant in less space?” Well there are many plants that are habitual of growing in small spaces specially beets, beans, carrots, Cole crops, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce and other greens. Apart from all these you might have heard of dwarf melons “Bush Sugar Baby” melons. They are a type of watermelon more accustomed of growing in small pots. You can also plant onions, peas, peppers, radishes, tomatoes which are a widely used vegetables in houses and the freshness you get in your meal by adding these, recently tugged from your own garden.

Your delightful garden
The joy of watching your useless small space turn into something intensively green is indeed overwhelming. Doing it yourself and then teaching your kids the importance of greenery is a good time pass, away from the indoor computer games children are busy with. So, you see it is quite simple. In few minutes you now have the knowledge you need to start your very own garden!  For more info on small and mini gardening ideas, check out this site.

Guerilla Gardening- Society Impact

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Guerilla Gardening, Why and Where?

Ever heard of the term “Guerilla Gardening”, probably not, although it goes back to the late 1900’s. It has been observed in many parts of the world since then. It is gardening without having the legal right to the land, on sites abandoned by the original owners. It varies from person to person, community to community. Some people try to embrace change by provoking people in protest and some just do it utilize the area not cared for in a way that benefits the society. In the dark at night or in the day light, the guerilla gardeners not only raise issues of the misuse of land but also engage people to do better for the greater good.
Brighten the World

Do you ever wish to see your neighborhood more colorful and lively? Places with building, roads and pathways, without any flowers or plants to cheer up your mood as you pass by them every day? Well this is exactly what guerilla gardeners do, they bring life to places otherwise perceived as ugly and unwelcoming. Growing vegetables at sites not used for years and still claimed by wealthy rich people, or maybe just plant wild flowers by the sidewalks and road medians. Why? Simply to beautify the areas otherwise not cared for, or maybe for a bigger cause, to get the attention of some political parties or get public support. It is all for the greater good of the people.

Benefits to Society
In our busy lives, we hardly notice the world around us. If you think about it, we all have a duty towards the welfare of our fellow beings. Guerilla Gardening not only spreads awareness but also helps in contributing to the humanity. By simply planting some flowers or dropping off seed bombs over deserted places and road sides you might be responsible for a smile at somebody else’s face, a child perhaps? It sends a powerful message that we do care, and others should too. It not only has to be against people who misuse land but can also be about sharing and caring.

Creating The Perfect Garden Shade

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Creating the “Perfect Shade for your Garden This Summer”

Summer And Shaded Gardening

Are you looking for the perfect way to utilize your time this summer? Look outside, the sun shining bright, the world full of colors, why not play your part and be creative. In order to do that, you don’t have to look too hard. Your every own yard, isn’t it the best place to begin? Shady areas not only prevent too much sunlight but also provides a cool and calm place to be. Plants however are of various kinds, some flourish in bright sunlight and some thrive in the coolness of the shade. All you need to do is to understand some key points and you are good to go. Interesting isn’t it?

Blossoming Flowers And Plants

Though gardening in the shade can be a challenge but with proper knowledge and the right flowers and plants, you can have a picture perfect garden in a fraction of the time you thought it would take. Bringing fresh, bright colored plants and flowers is where I would start, in the back usually with plants that grow in height like the “Perilla Magilla”, the elegance of its pink and green with that leafy texture, it is just incredible. Flowers like “White Giant calla Lily” in the middle which tends to thrive in the shade and would definitely bring grace to your garden. Or go for the “Begonias” which looks more like roses but blossoms in the shade with its rich color. Not to forget the glamorous shade plant called the “Fuchsia” its lovely color and beauty, you would certainly want to have in your garden. Apart from these there are always the annuals, perennials, bulbs and the woodland plants. Don’t be hasty with them and always make sure to check the soil fertility, moisture levels, the number of hours the plants receive partial or full sunlight, and most importantly how and when to water the shade plants. Keep in mind that shade loving plants require extra care and measures to help them grow.

Home Grown Vegetables and Herbs

Apart from flowers and plants you can always grow shade garden vegetables and herbs. Organic, home grown vegetables, awesome! Your front yard with beautiful flowers and plants, blossoming with colors, you can always use your back yard for vegetables. Most of the backyards are filled with stuff we never use, get rid of it and grow peas, potatoes, parsley, carrots, cabbage and many more such vegetables. Being creative and thoughtful is all what it takes to bring food to the table with only some light shade gardening. It is worth it I assure you. So, give life to your yard, by shade gardening, get busy and you are going to be proud of yourself.