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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Tips Summer Gardening

Here are some best tips to keep your garden in a good condition and shape even during summer.

1. Take care of budding plants

If you’ve plants that drop the buds in summer, take good care of them. The plants in summer will dry out easily, especially when they are grown in outdoor planter pots. So you need to water them at least twice a week. Water the budding plants deeply during dry and hot weather.

2. Keep the pots in a cool place

During summer, your pots will be overheated. Therefore, try to place them away from the scorching sunlight. Instead of growing your plants in saucers of liquid, try growing them in sand and keep the sand moist.This will keep pots and plants cool, ensuring the healthy growth of plants.

3. Add nutrients to the water

When watering plants occasionally, try to water them deeply and add soluble fertilisers and other nutrients to water. This will help the plants get proper nutrients for better growth. You can use potash if you’ve fruits like mango or banana in your garden as it will improve the flavours and will control diseases as well.

4. Try to water in the morning

If you want the water to soak in before it gets evaporated, it is always better to water your plants in the morning. Moreover, the plants in the outdoor planter pots can use the water during the day that you supply to them in the morning. You can also water your plants in the evening, but there will be the risk of fungus formation. Why? It is because such organisms look for damp and dark places to grow.

5. Use cold water

When watering your plants in summer, make sure that you do not use hot water or a hose that has been heated up in the sun. Using hot water will stress the sensitive plants. So use cold water and store the hose in a cool place before watering. You can also run out the water that is heated before you water your plants.

Way choose Umbrella for Backyard

Has the love of sunshine taken a backseat this summer? There was a time when the sun bathing was glorious. But thanks to the rise in temperature, this year seems to be a bad time for sunbathing. Come this summer, you will hardly verge out for happy outings. The westerly winds are strong and comes bearing heat waves. Moreover, the sun rays can be the cause of skin cancer and many more skin diseases. But wait!! We have some varied options for your backyard, which will let you enjoy the summer without any smirks on your face. The umbrellas are traditionally known as patio umbrellas. They come in varied styles and options. Let us divulge more of the varieties

  • One of the most popular versions is the Garden Umbrellas. They have a traditional look of an umbrella in the gardens. Garden umbrellas are the soul of garden areas, protecting the furniture sets. They are small in size and cover the basic place for resting in the courtyard.
  • If we are talking of the patios, how can we forget the wood market umbrellas? They rest in the chic decor of the room. It gives a rustic look to the house. It can be handmade from various DIY ideas from the online space.
  • Aluminum umbrellas are also perfect for the protection from harsh summer. They are generally used for its long durability and resistivity to corrosion. They are light in weight and easy to handle.
  • Beach umbrellas are the ones offering us shade from the beach tan. They are light and cool. They can be carried easily and set up with quick process. They possess a strong wood stand which helps withstand strong sea side winds.

All said and done about the varieties, now let us know about the type of fabric and frames we can use for the patio umbrellas. These umbrellas come in many frames such as aluminum, wood and fiberglass. The wood frame is strong and sturdy. They may come bearing an expensive price tag along with them. They are the ideal choice for that dainty look. Aluminum is the most preferable choice of umbrella frames. They are light and durable. Not only they are resistant to corrosion, they also come inexpensive. They can be used in configurations like closing, opening and tilting. Then here comes the fiberglass frame. They are the most durable of all kinds. They are light weight and come in many designs.

About the kind of fabric, the umbrella must be UV resistant. Without UV protection, there is no point in staying under the umbrella when we can always have the chance to get skin cancer. The umbrella should be light weight, which can be carried at any remote area without any hindrance. Last but not the least, they should be waterproof.

Best Gardening Hoe

Gardening hoes are must have tools for anyone looking to set up or maintain a small farm or garden. While it now has various avatars, the humble gardening hoe is probably the first agricultural tool that the early farmers devised beyond digging sticks. Let’s take a look at the different applications of gardening hoes, along with the wide variety of variants used for digging, weeding and cutting.

Different Applications of Gardening Hoes

Gardening hoes let the gardener move earth around, which is the most important thing in agriculture after ensuring adequate water supply for crops. The reason is that having well turned over earth allows for aerification of the soil and helps keep it loose and easy for new seedlings to penetrate. Soil should also have a uniform composition and large stones should be easily removed to promote plant growth. Keeping the soil well turned over and mulched allows fertility levels stay high. Hoes can be used for digging ditches and trenches in the garden for planting and irrigation. Pesky weeds often take up space. Weeds are undesirable in agriculture because they compete for scarce resources like fertilizer and water with crops. Using a gardening hoe helps the farmer keep weeds at bay with more efficiency. The best weeding hoes slice and drag weeds from the base because the roots when left in the soil easily sprout again.

What are the types of gardening Hoes?

Gardening hoes come in short handled and long handled variants. The long handled garden hoes are suitable for medium sized gardens and farms. They are useful for weeding between rows, clearing bunch grass, digging and turning over earth in somewhat large quantities. Using a long handled garden hoe allows the farmer to work without unduly straining his back and neck muscles. The grub hoe is the typical basic gardening hoe, suitable for weeding and digging. However, they are not easy to use around bush plants. Collinear hoes with thin blades can be used to work around bushes effectively. Diamond hoes are innovatively designed with four sharp edges to slice weeds from the root without the worker having to strain herself much. Short handled gardening hoes allow the farmer to work on a crouching position or in soil beds where long handled tools would be ineffective. Grecia hoes and Canterbury Eye hoes have sharp tines that allow the farmer to dig up the soil bed and prepare soil for planting. Hoe dags are special short handled garden hoes used for digging holes for tree-planting.

Is there a one-size fits all solution?

If you wish to buy a hoe for a small garden or working on soil beds, a short handled Grecia hoe and a half moon hoe would be sufficient. For medium sized gardens, you may add a long handled grub hoe and a diamond hoe to take care of weeds.

Find right Canopy for Garden

For those who are looking for an outdoor shelter in the garden, canopy is definitely a great choice. One can setup a place where they can have some quality time with the family as well as the friends. Though all the canopies are good but it would be wise to make the choice based on certain important factors. This will make sure that this setup provides much better experience. So, here are some things to consider.

Choosing between the installation types

Basically there are two types of Sunjoy canopy covers one can choose in this case – the portable or the semi-permanent canopies. As far as the latter is concerned, the semi-permanent ones are highly durable, the offer more area as they are larger in size and therefore the comfort offered by them is really great. However, they are heavier and bulky and thus cannot be transported easily. On the other hand, the portable canopies are lighter and thus can be carried around pretty easily. They are usually meant to be carried to picnics or the beaches.

When it comes to choosing between the two Sunjoy canopy covers, the decision is completely of the buyer. But certain questions must definitely be asked. If one plans to go to picnics quite often then they must buy the portable one. Also, if the homeowner is someone who likes to change the location of the canopy in the garden often then again portable would be a better choice. However, if one is looking for something that can withstand the elements and harsh weather then the semi-permanent should be the preferred choice.

Choosing the right size

The canopies are available in a wide range of sizes. This is one reason why the buyers usually are not able to make the decision as far as the size is concerned. One must evaluate their needs to choose the canopy size. There are some factors that will dictate the choice. For example, the size of the garden is a very decisive factor in the choice of the size. If the garden size is small a big canopy will be a complete misfit. On the other hand, if the garden is big then small and big both sizes of canopies will do.

The size of the canopy also increases the price. So, this is another thing one must keep in mind. They must buy according to their needs. For example, if the homeowner is planning to host frequent outdoor parties then a large sized canopy would be a better choice. However, the number of users is few then small canopy would do.

Choosing the style and material

Choosing the right style and material is also important. The canopy should go well with the overall exteriors of the house. It must add to the curb appeal and not decline it. Also, the material should be strong enough to withstand the elements. Canopies with steel framework and vinyl covers are the strongest. But there are other choices as well.

Make a choice depending upon the weather condition

It is extremely important to consider the weather condition in the area before choosing the type of canopy. In the areas where the weather and wind conditions are easy, just about any type of canopy can be chosen. However, there are certain places where the weather is harsh and the wind blows pretty fast and strong. For such places it is not a wise idea to go for the light canopy. The strong and sturdy and heavy structures would be the best for such places. For such places, the poles of the structure may need to be planted in the ground instead of just placing them.

Rain is another factor that needs to be thought about while buying these structures. If it rains often or if it remains humid at all the times then the best option would be to go for the moisture and water resistant materials. Stainless steel frames coated with vinyl are not only strong but they are also completely resistant to rain. Aluminium is also strong but it is not water resistant.

If it is too hot in the noon during summers then it is best to go for stainless steel frame as it does not expand. But wood is even a better choice for such situations.