How to Arrange Wood Chips in the Backyard

It is important to note that trump grinding is one of the best ways of getting rid of stumps in your backyard and garden because of the many benefits associated with the process. It is way better than stump removal process which can leave your garden in total disarray. You only need to choose a reliable Arborist Sydney professional to clean up the place, and arrange the wood chips in the backyard to make it look more appealing. There is a process that the professional of your choice will follow and factor that will be considered in the due process. Here are some of the fundamentals;
1. Preparation
It is essential to prepare adequately prior to the commencement of the process in order to make it a success. An expert arborist will first pull out the weeds where the chips are to be placed and ensure that it is clean. Herbicides can be used in case there are many hard-to-eliminate weeds to ensure that they do not have time to grow. After, the designated areas shall be outlined in order to get arough estimate of the chips that will be required.
2. spreading the chips
The wood chips need to be spread evenly in areas that have been designated ensuring that they create a uniform layer. A good number of industry experts always ensure that the chips are about 2-3 inches thick in order to give better end results. Of course, in some areas where plants exist, the chips are always pulled about 6 inches away to allow for soil aeration. In cases of structure the chips always pulled away about 6 inches too so that moisture is not trapped leading to rot.
3. watering
Immediately after spreading the wood chips in designated areas and ensuring that they have they are of required thickness you should go ahead and water them immediately. This is vital for the prevention of water repelling fungal which in most cases is can cause damage to the whole chips. In fact, with watering you will be well placed to know areas that did not get enough wood chips and add more in those lacking.
4. Inspection periods
This is one of the most important stages that you can actually make your backyard retain its value or lose it within a short span of time. It is important to solicit the advice of expert Arborist Sydney who can periodically inspect the wood chips the first few days after they have been arranged. In this way, you will be able to eliminate the chances of your backyard being interfered with pests as well as weeds.
5. Coloring the chips
If you want your backyard to look stunningly beautiful you can always use colored wood chips that complement the surrounding areas and flowers on the plants. The one thing you should do is inquire from qualified Arborist Sydney professionals how best to go about the process. Do not leave anything to chance nor undertake the whole process by yourself as you might not have the necessary tools and equipment.

Biography: Jake Hyet is an experienced arborist who has extensive knowledge in dealing with the most difficult subject about Canopy Tree wood chips. He is known for his unique back yard styles, ideas, and solid advice, on matters that concern backyards and home gardening.

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Get to Know Roses

Roses are one of the most famous flowers in the world and are liked by almost every single person on this earth. How roses have been associated to the world and lives of people since very long is really interesting. There are some really astonishing and interesting facts and information related to the roses and their presence in the world. Let’s explore some:

  • According to the fossil evidence and carbonadoing the clue is that roses at least go back as far as 35 million years ago.
  • There are over 100 species of roses on the planet today. The majority of these species are native to the continent of Asia.
  • There are over 15,000 different types of rose species throughout the world.
  • Shakespeare referred to roses over fifty times in his works.
  • The term “rose” has French, Latin and, Greek origins.
  • The fruit of the rose plant is a berry-like structure called a rose-hip.
  • Do you know that rose hips have more vitamin C in them than any other fruit or vegetable?
  • Mythology says that roses grew thorns when Cupid accidentally shot an arrow into a rose garden.
  • A true blue colored rose does not exists and is considered the “holy grail” amongst rose breeders.
  • Roses have also been used in herbal and folk medicine. Some species are used to treat stomach discomfort and are being investigated for being able to control or limit cancer growth.
  • The crew that was with Columbus picked a rose branch out of the ocean on October 11 of 1942. This was a signal that land must be nearby. And amazingly the very next day America was discovered.
  • The oldest rose in the world is over one thousand years old. It can be found growing on the wall of Hildesheim Cathedral, which is located in Germany.
  • The largest rose ever bred was a pink rose measuring approximately 33 inches in diameter.
  • California is cited as growing about 60 percent of the America’s reserve of roses within a green house setting.
  • The beautiful rose is the national flower of the United States.
  • The rose family also includes pears, apples, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, and almonds.
  • Roses are valued for their romantic symbolism but their blooms are also edible. It has the flavors of green apples and strawberries.

Chemically Drying Peony Flower

peony flower 300x225 Chemically Drying Peony FlowerPeony flowers are often coveted for their longevity. Peonies are herbaceous perennials. The peonies you plant in your garden could in fact see your family through generations! There are about thirty species of peony, most being herbaceous while some, the tree peony, are more like a shrub. Peonies are hardy flowering plants that need little care and live through severe winters. Peonies are 6- to 8-inch-wide flowers found in red, pink or white colors. As beautiful and long-lasting as these flowers are in the garden, preserving peony flowers by drying them allows that beauty to be enjoyed for years to come.

•    Cut the peony flower from your garden in the mid-morning before the white peony 205x300 Chemically Drying Peony Flowerflowers are fully bloomed and too open. Cut the stem leaving around 3 inches long stem with the flower and remove all leaves off it. If you find the petals wet, dry them out gently with paper towel.
•    Now you will have to make a mixture of borax powder and cornmeal or sand. Take one part of borax and 5 parts of either cornmeal or sand. Now take a deep plastic container and form a one inch high layer of the mixture in the base of container.
•    Now arrange peony flowers in container in upside down position over the borax mixture. Now very softly pour more mixture over the flowers in a way that they get covered completely. Now you will have to keep your container in a cool dark place like in a closet or basement.
•    After the time of one week take a flower or two out of the mixture and check if they have dried completely. If you feel that petals are somewhat soft or moist than they needed to be left for drying for some more time. Check back flowers for being dried completely after a week or two.
•    Now as your flowers are dry and you have to take them out of the container you will need to be very careful as drying out flowers make them very delicate. So take flowers out softly and shake them a little to remove any mixture left on them. Still if you find some particles of mixture on flowers, use soft paint brush to remove it and than use the dried flowers in making a beautiful floral arrangement.

How to Harvest the Lemon Tree?

Harvest the Lemon 300x225 How to Harvest the Lemon Tree?Vegetables and fruits or any other plants do not only need your attention at the time of sowing and when they are growing there are certain things to be considered while harvesting too. Lemons are loved by many people as they give a wonderful tangy taste in your food and drinks. If you are growing lemons and live in a warm region then you are going to get the fruit all the year round. So now you have to make sure that you are able to pick the tastiest and all ripe lemons whenever you need to use them. Actually as far as the taste of lemons is concerned all people like their lemons differently so harvesting them for the taste is a partially a matter of concern the main cause behind should be to gain most out of the each lemon you harvest and for that you should be knowing the proper harvesting methods.

You may know when the lemons are ready for harvest when the outer layer is stiff over lemon. This basically means that the peel of lemon is tight over it and there are no wrinkles on the skin and when squeezed the lemon should not be felt like moving or loose under the peel. The color of lemon should be yellow from all around with no signs of green any where. Do not wait6 for your lemons to become spongy because than they will be too ripe to be used.

Required Time:
The time of use is of great importance when it comes to picking the lemon. If you have to use the lemons immediately than pick the lemons that are completely yellow and fulfill all the conditions described above. While on the other hand if the lemons are picked for later use and have to be stored or shipped than it is better to go for the lemons that are of slightly lighter yellow shade but still the rind should have to be tight. These lemons may be those too that have a little greener shade over the skin.

When you pick the lemons a certain technique is required so your fruit doesn’t get rotten. When you are harvesting lemon be sure to cut it from as near to the button that attaches it to the stalk as possible because if a part of stalk will be left with it that can damage or cause a cut to the lemon later causing it to get rotten and effecting other fruit kept with it too specially when its about keeping them stored.

When harvesting lemon or any other citrus fruit avoid picking it in the time when the weather is damp. The fruit should be dry because damp weather cause fungal diseases to fruit and tree.

It is wrongly believed that like all other fruits lemon will ripen further too after they are being harvested. It is wrong lemons do not ripe after being picked off from the tree they may become easier to be used and more juicy after being stored for some time but won’t ripe any further.

How to Trim Your Lemon Tree

Trim Your Lemon Tree 300x198 How to Trim Your Lemon TreeLemon is the much liked citrus fruit through out the world. It is being used in all type of dishes, desserts and drinks. It has a certain tangy flavor that is loved in all different ways in which it is being used. Many people like to grow the lemon tree in their garden or yard because else than getting a tasty fruit the fragrance of the plant and its aroma that evolves in the surrounding air is very refreshing. There are many trees that require continuous trimming and care in this regard but lemon tree is easy to handle in this way as it does not require much of trimming in fact you just need to do some basic pruning of your plant once in a year or two. Although if you do it on regular basis it will be good because regular pruning and trimming help trees to remain light and produce more fruit. But, this pruning or trimming have to be done correctly in order to avoid any infection caused to the plant.

1.    You will have to look for graft joint. This is the place anywhere one to two feet above the ground from where a new shoot is coming off. Any shoot growing from level under this should be immediately cut in order to save the quantity of fruits produced by your tree.

2.    Than look for the branches that are crossing each other in the center. Actually the trimming is being done in order to let the air circulate well in between the stems and to let the light cross properly too. This result in better health of plant and more fruit produced. Crossing branches actually thinner the light that enters.

3.    Actually you always have to trim the inner branches. Go for thinning your tree from inside. You can use hand shears or long handled shears for trimming your tree from inside. Always cut the thin crossing branches first and do remember to cut each branch at an angle. And keep moving around the tree while pruning so you remain sure that you are trimming your tree evenly.

4.    There may sometimes grow thicker branches that shoot directly from the trunk and more than those that seems to be possible for plant to hold. Generally there are three many branches that grow from the trunk and from them shoot smaller branches that hold fruits than. Sometimes more main branches may stop the light passed on to the leaves and this would make the plant unhealthy. When such a situation arrives than is the need to cut the thick branch. It should be cut with the pruning saw at an angle only if required.

5.    To let the light enter into the center of tree foliage you will need to trim the tree from the top. You will most probably need to use ladder in order to trim your plant from top and again cutting the crossed ones first.

This is the way how you should be trimming your lemon tree in order to keep it healthy and produce more fruits.

Bring Colors to Your Flowers Garden

Flowers Garden Bring Colors to Your Flowers GardenFor every gardener the reason behind creating a flower garden is definitely to provide the exterior of their house as vibrant and colorful moreover, it provides soothing and energizing effect to the residents and visitors too. The more the garden is filled with colorful flowers the more attracting it will be. But, definitely there is need of carrying out a balance of every color and shade. As it is know that every flower and every different color of flower depicts a different meaning so there should remain a balance of all so the energy and calmness both compliment each other. Match and choose the plants and colors after taking everything in account and place them properly so it does not bring up a chaotic or haphazard look of your garden. Generally the red, yellow and orange flowers are all warm colors and give the message of security, excitement and passion. While the flowers of cooler colors like green, blue and purple deliver the serenity, relaxation and calmness. Here are some top flowers to be used in gardens to bring up the balanced image of your garden and yet make it appear full of colors.

balloon flowers 300x249 Bring Colors to Your Flowers GardenThread-Leaved Coreopsis:
This is the plant that grows about 1 to 3 feet tall and around 2 to 3 feet wide. This belongs to the perennial category of flowers that is you plant them once and keep enjoying the beautiful flowers growing in plant for next many seasons. These plants grow starry flowers of about one to two inches in size and are found in shades from butter yellow to golden yellow. This plant works best with full sun but do survive partial shading too. Another positive property of this plant is that once it is establishes it is than drought resistant.

Balloon Flowers:

This have a saucer shaped blossom with five pointed petals in blue color and the plant reaches to the height of 2 to 3 feet till maturity and gets 1 to 2 feet wide. The buds of this flower are puffed up ones so this is for what the flowers are names as balloon flowers.

Cupid’s Dart:
This is the plant that has 2 inches of flower in size and in blue color appearing like daisies. This is a cool colored flower and is heat tolerant. This flower’s plant grows up to 18 to 24 inches in height and remains 10 to 12 inches wide.

Blanket Flower:
These flowers are found in yellow and orange colors in daisy shape with frayed petal edges. They keep blossoming throughout the summers. The plant grows 2 to 3 feet tall and spread around 2 feet wide.  Its leaves have like hairy type appearance. This is also a perennial plant and is drought resistant that thrives best in coastal areas.

Grow these beautiful flowers in you flower garden and make it appear colorful with balance of all colors and bringing up all the effects of calmness and energy.

How to Design Herb Gardens

Design Herb Gardens 300x199 How to Design Herb GardensHerbs are great to be grown in the yards or gardens at home. Designing an herb garden at home means you have opened a wide range of things for yourself. Sitting and relaxing in herb garden is really refreshing and the refreshing that goes deep down the soul and stimulates the senses. Herbs garden is a great idea because it will bring more taste and fragrance to your food and will provide you with home remedies to lots of diseases. Medicinal teas are all made from herbs so you will have a whole lot of cures in your hands. Each of the herb have multiple uses so you can just explore out the wide range of benefits that you can gain of growing herbs in your garden. In olden days, our ancestors believed that having an herb garden is an essentiality for a civilized living.

Steps towards Making an Herb Garden:

1.    The first step towards growing you herb garden will be to decide that what type of herb garden you want. Majorly there are two types of herbs gardens formal herb garden and wild herb garden. Formal herb garden is the one that is completely planned out and need a lot of hard work. In this garden type plants and groups of plants are divided through walkways or paths and it uses geometric shapes. If you have a lager area for your herb garden and you are going for formal garden type than your garden may include things like bench, water fountain or water feature by any other men. There is a special category of formal herbs garden and that is Knot garden. This garden is designed artfully and brings out the effect that resembles the thread of old Celtic knot work. Your garden can also be based on themes like fragrance or colors. You can grow culinary herbs or medicinal herbs in your garden or a combination of both too.

2.    Now you will have to select the plants that you want to grow in your herbs garden. You will need to take several factors under consideration before deciding at any particular herb. You will need to check if the herb will go with your design, is it going to grow in your area and is climatically adjustable. You will need to check the sun and shade preference, heat or cold tolerance levels, size of plants, its growing habits, its color and the maintenance it will need from you. You can ask the workers at local garden supplies store or can go for a good book over herbs.

3.    It is better to plot your idea for your formal herb garden design over a graph paper. This will allow you to divide each and every inch of your garden and so you can plan the plantation of herbs and inclusion of other features like trees, bench and fountain too. When you are plotting the graph always first place the permanent features and paths and than plan out your herbs placement over each inch of graph and during this remember to leave space between each plant for air circulation and do consider the width and height at maturity too.

Remember if you plan to design a formal herb garden this will require much more time and maintenance from you as compared to natural designs.

Household Detergent Treatment for Aphids

Treatment for Aphids 300x208 Household Detergent Treatment for AphidsIf you ask any gardener what they hate most you will get one same answer and that is pests and animals that ruin their efforts and hard work done on making their beautiful gardens. There are many insects that attack the plants and than just make them wilted and damage them badly to even sometimes kill them. Aphid is also a very common type of insect that mostly attack the rose bushes and make holes in stems and leaves to suck all the water and starch leaving the plant deficient of nutrients it needs and making it wilted and pale. These insects are very dangerous because after ruining and killing one plant of yours it will immediately go for attacking the other one. If you ever notice the presence of aphids on any plant in your garden you will need to take an immediate action else it will be impossible to control them. There are many plants that survive aphid attacks but there are some that just can not stand it and produce than damaged flowers or fruits and even sometimes are completely dead.

Detergent Solution:
Aphids can be easily controlled through pesticides either homemade or the commercially available ones. They are highly vulnerable to these sprays. Many people do not want to go for buying commercially available pesticides thinking them as harmful for plants and people too so they can just go for a very simple home made detergent solution for taking care of aphids. Take 2 tea spoons of detergent powder dish washing or laundry one and mix it with warm water in a spray bottle.

Applying Solution:
As the solution is made in warm water, give it a little time to come to the room temperature. Once the solution is cool enough you can spray this solution on plant leaves, stems and flowers. Concentrate particularly under the leaves area because that’s where they usually form their colonies. Spray more on the parts where aphids are prominently appearing and get rid of these culprits.

This detergent solution actually destroys the outer protective shell of aphids and makes them vulnerable to dehydration and predation. This solution is also effective in killing the larvae of aphids.

Mostly people try to use organic methods to remove any type of pests instead of using commercially available pesticides so here are few alternatives to the detergent solution for getting rid of aphids. To get rid of aphids you can spray water with hose over the infected plants or alcohol solutions and neem oil can also be used in order to remove these critters.

Plant Diseases: Roots Rot Disease

Roots Rot Disease 239x300 Plant Diseases: Roots Rot DiseaseNo matter whatever type of plant you have, it’s a vegetable plant, flower plant a shrub or even tree anything it can be and it can suffer from the very common roots rot disease. Roots rot is actually caused by the fungal diseases. Basically this is caused due to the soil that does not drain well and remain water logged. This water logging results in development of fungi that infect the roots and eventually this infection increases up to the crown of plant making it die of the disease. There are not much of fungicides available commercially to treat root fungi that are actually living under the soil in moisture so it is best advised to take preventive measures and adopt healthy cultivation practices in order to remain saved from this disease.

Signs of Alert:
When your plant will be suffering from roots rot you can observe it by the changing condition of the foliage as it will turn the leaves to lighter green and pale color and make them wilt. Trees and shrubs due to being stronger will take time in surrendering to the disease. If the roots of your plants are healthy you will observe white feeder rootlets, while if the roots are rotted they will appear as brown and squashy. The plants that have soft stems you can observe the signs of root rot on the surface of stem just above the ground. I you have woody plants than you can peel the bark at the place where bark and roots meat and can see if there are any signs of brown or brick red streaks under it.

Always buy the plants from any trustworthy source and you need to be sure that the plant is not suffering from root rot at the time when you buy it. Dig a hole for potting your plant and fill it full with water the water should grain within 24 to 48 hours of it doesn’t drain then it means that you should better go for planting a plant that can survive in wet soil. Before planting check out the roots straighten them and break the tangled roots off the root ball. The depth of hole should be double the size of your root ball. You can plant your plant on raised beds if the soil doesn’t drain well and surround the raised bed with rocks and other materials.

Vertical Mulching:
Drill 16 to 18 inches deep holes with power drill machines beyond the roots and fill those holes with pea gravel or sand or with mixture of both if you experience the water logging in soil. These materials will help in better drainage and will increase the development rate of feeder roots.

Roots rot occurs when the roots remain water logged under the soil take care of this and water your plants in summers and springs only when the soil few inches under the top soil has dried and needing water. Over watering will cause the fungi to develop and causing your roots to rot. Evergreen plants are needed to be watered regularly in late falls if dry condition of soil appears.

Fungicides are used to get rid of fungal diseases off leaves, stems, trunk and braches of plants. Treating underground fungi that rot your roots is the most difficult thing to be done. For treatment of root s rot you will need to determine what type of fungi have affected your plant and than you may take advice from the professions working in the horticulture industry to know the ways of treating the disease.

Getting Rid of Caterpillars in Vegetable Garden

Getting Rid of Caterpillars1 300x225 Getting Rid of Caterpillars in Vegetable GardenPests and diseases are just like nightmare for the entire gardeners who work hard to make their gardens look beautiful with flowers or who work hard to grow vegetables to have the crunchiest and juiciest ones to enjoy the meal that they will get from their own grown vegetables. And no doubt else than being fresh the happiness that one feels while eating the self grown vegetables is something like what we feel after getting a big achievement.

So among all pests sometimes especially in vegetable gardens many gardeners find caterpillar that are frustrating enough. They really turn your leave to look like French cheese having holes everywhere around. They even make holes in your vegetables and make them useless for you. There are many chemicals commercially available in markets that will easily get you free of these critters but the problem is that they will harm the friendly bugs too and moreover after spraying those chemicals your vegetables will no more remain consumable. So here are some alternative methods for you to get rid of the caterpillars.

First Method:
First method that you may adopt to get rid of caterpillars is that you may hand pick the insects yourself. You will definitely like to do this while wearing gloves. This practice can be successful at the early stages of caterpillar infestation. When you pick a caterpillar keep the bucket with a mix of water and detergent soap with you ad drop caterpillar into it and they will be killed. You can also use these caterpillars as your birds or chicken feed.

Second Method:
There is a specially designed crop-cover fabric available in markets to cover the crops. This cloth is designed in a way that allows light and moisture to pass through to the plants. If you have controlled your caterpillar infestation by handpicking than you can use this cloth in order o stop moths from laying eggs on your plants. Or for a precautionary measure always keep your crops covered since the beginning of gardening season.

Third Method:
You can also go for buying the friendly insects of garden like ladybugs and trichogramma wasps. These two insects are caterpillar predators and will help in reduction of caterpillar population on your vegetables.

Fourth Method:
Use natural deterrent sprays as another way to keep caterpillars from eating your plats and vegetables. You can spray the garlic spray or the red pepper spray. Recopies to make sprays are easily available. Caterpillars actually do not like the taste of garlic and pepper so they avoid eating those plants that are secured with these sprays.
These are all the ecologically sensitive methods and in no way will harm the friendly insects of your gardens and neither will destroy your vegetables in any way that they do not remain suitable for eating.