Sunday, April 8, 2012

Perennial Flower Gardening and Garden Design Ideas

Successful flower garden design is a combination of different factors. One is the design aspect, and the other involves proper plant selection. Among the most important components that make up a garden are flowers. In fact, many suggest that a garden with only a lawn, fountain, or trees will look incomplete until flowering plants are added. Flowers generally enhance the aesthetic appeal of any garden and provide a touch of class to any landscape.

For many gardeners, there is nothing more rewarding than the bloom of perennials each year. Perennial flowers, as opposed to annuals, bloom year after year. The word "perennial," in fact, is the Latin term for perpetual. Most perennials disappear during the winter months only to bloom again in the spring. Some even remain green and bloom in winter. There are variety of these flowers that such that perennial flower garden design ideas become all the more important.

Color, time of bloom, and height are all important considerations when designing your own perennial garden. For instance, you can try to play with the color scheme of the flowers to try and see which ones will go together. Furthermore, pay attention to the height of the plants as you won't want a tall perennial growing in front of the flower bed, and perennials that grow closer to the ground often get lost at the back.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Lawn Care And Maintenance

The inclement weather conditions of winter makes a lawn weary. Following a few simple steps will help the lawn recover its lush green coloration and flourish. Raking, repairing damaged areas, renovating the lawn's appearance and correct fertilizer applications restore a lawn to its pre-winter glory.

New Lawn Growth

During the cold winter months, grass enters a state of dormancy. It will cease growing which makes its general appearance become ragtag. Its lack of growth during the winter also makes it more susceptible to damage from freezing, drainage issues and snow accumulation. In order for the grass to flourish and grow correctly, the winter damage must be fixed.

Clear Debris

Before undertaking spring lawn care, allow the area to dry out. A wet or soggy lawn can sustain damage when cultivated. The roots will be easily pulled from the soil and the blades bent or broke. Once the lawn has dried out, it should be thoroughly raked to help aerate the soil. Raking will remove accumulated winter debris. It will also open up the soil and the grass blades to create air circulation. Good air circulation around the crown of the plants and each blade of grass will help prevent fungal problems from developing. A basic hard tine rake works adequately to help remove dead grass plants and lawn debris or a lawn vacuum or leaf blower for larger lawns can help with larger lawns.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Grow Houseplants In Every Room of the House

Houseplants literally breathe life into your home. Boston fern, Peace lily, Areca palm and Spider plant all make great air-purifiers. So bring the garden indoors and fill your house with lush greenery.

Each room of the house offers a unique environment, so decide which location most suits a plant's needs.

Living rooms are often the first place we choose to display an attractive houseplant, but the dry atmosphere can kill off many plants requiring a higher level of humidity. Peace lily is a good choice for this environment as it lovely to look at, with beautiful oval flowers, plus extremely efficient at removing pollutants from the air.

Orchids don't mind the high temperatures of the living room but they do need regular misting. Create an eye-catching display by grouping pots together on a tray of damp gravel, which helps to keep them moist.

Bedrooms are usually much cooler, making them perfect for cyclamens. Available in shades of red, pink and white, cyclamens are elegant and have a pleasant, light fragrance. Azaleas also prefer a cool room and will provide plenty of bright pink and purple flowers. Avoid placing plants next to radiators as this will dry out foliage.

Hallways are generally draughty and have fluctuating temperatures, which dictate what will survive. The aptly named Mother-in-law's tongue is a tough succulent, with fleshy sword-shaped stems, that survives in almost any conditions.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Herb Gardening for Beginners - Growing Herbs From Seed

If you regularly use herbs in cooking or on salads and would like to have easy access at home to an abundant supply of fresh herbs, why not try growing your favorite herbs from seed in your own garden? Even though you may be just a herb gardening beginner it needn't take a long time before you enjoy the satisfaction of having freshly-picked herbs to use in your recipes.

If you choose to make a start on growing your own herbs from seed this year, the seeds you sow in the spring will produce plentiful supplies of summer herbs which can be used immediately. And when you take a final harvest of herbs at the end of the summer, this harvest can be stored away for use over the winter.

Herb Gardening is not difficult or Expensive

Growing herbs from seed will not take up a lot of your time or require a lot of effort. Also, you won't need to spend a lot of money to get good results. In this article I have provided you with:

- A list of the things you'll need to grow your own herbs from seed

- A simple five-step herb growing plan.

If you follow the plan and the advice I have given in this article, there's no reason why you shouldn't get results which are as good as those of any profersional herb grower - even though you are a herb gardening beginner.

Choosing the Herbs to Grow

You probably already have ideas about herbs you'd like to grow. Many years ago when I was just starting to grow herbs I grew basil from seed because I wanted fresh basil to use in my cooking. Other herb gardening beginners I know started with herbs like parsley, chives and sage because they already used them for their favorite recipes.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

How to Use Basic Gardening Tools

Gardening is one of the best activities a home buff person could do that is why gathering tools such as pruners, shovels, hoes and other gadgets should be chosen carefully to avoid any mishaps. In this article, I'll mention a few tools that most gardeners often used in gardening which can be purchased online or local stores.

Let's start off with the spade. A square-headed shovel with enough handle are just right for digging holes, edging beds and removing sod in terms of soil management. If you intend to buy one, make sure the handle is made of fiberglass and the head is steel made.

You can always rely on this tool as it is worth to have one since this is one of most used tools in gardening. Now let's move with digging forks, this tool is inevitable for lifting and dividing perennials. The fork's shapes like the letter D while its handle usually made of hardwood or fiberglass. As for its head it is commonly made of stainless steel. In addition, this tool is also reliable in digging. Before you purchase these digging forks, make sure it has four tines so that this tool will be effective when you used it.

Friday, February 17, 2012

How to Deal With Uncertainty in a Relationship

Uncertainty makes up most of our life. Sometimes, it is the uncertainty of getting into college, making friends, clearing exams, and the list continues with every stage of growing up. As romantic relationships come along, the newness instills fondness in both. However, as partners get used to each other, either is taken for granted by the other. Gradually, a certain boredom creeps in, bringing in unnecessary friction and uncertainty. A relationship becomes extremely stressful with escalating uncertainty. The communication gap widens, making the situation worse than it actually is. Here are a few tips for dealing with uncertainty in a relationship before it leads to permanent insecurity in your minds.

Dealing with Uncertainty in a Relationship

Reassess Your Expectations
To deal with uncertainty, you need to understand and accept it. Constantly fussing over your relationship, worrying too much about it, being suspicious of your partner for no valid reason or being in a dilemma about continuing the relationship are some of the signs of uncertainty in a relationship. Oftentimes, these feelings are a result of unrealistic expectations from your partner. Being together does not mean you need to agree to everything. If your partner does not comply with all your expectations, then you need to walk back a few steps to reevaluate your expectations.

Nipping the Problem in its Bud
In majority of the cases, a clash escalates to days of silence and surmounting anger. However, a little clash can bring new ideas in the partnership, if viewed in a positive perspective. Listen to your partner's views and try to understand them. Talk about your expectations, fears and anxieties to each other over dinner. Be receptive and participate by being an active listener. Rationalizing with each other bridges the communication gap and helps in developing fresh perspectives about troublesome issues. Communication is the key to nipping the problem (cause) in the bud.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Simple Home Improvements to Style Your Home in Sophistication

It doesn't take a bulldozer to transform the look of your home. There are simple tricks to the trade that will transform your home and provide it with a up to date, sophisticated look without breaking your pocket book. The following are a few suggestions that definitely will go a long way when it comes to the style of your home. They also will help the resale value of your home.

When you want elegance and sophistication and a fresh, new look to your home, Crown Molding is one of the best choices you can make. It is appropriate for any room and prior to adding the molding to the room, it is not a bad idea to add a fresh coat of paint, which definitely will lift the room in itself. You will be amazed at the transformation of the walls and the different perspective the room has, as it is pure elegance.

Crown molding will take an ordinary room and add class and elegance to it in the most attractive manner. The best thing about the molding is that it is not costly. In fact, it can be quite reasonably priced at right around a dollar per square foot and the installation is quite simple.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Simple Landscaping Tips for Everyone

What changes can be made to my yard to prevent it from being dull? How can I impress anyone who visits my property? To find the answers you seek as well as some helpful landscaping advice, read the tips contained here in this article.

Take the time to talk with fellow gardeners or professions before you embark on a landscaping project. While you probably do not need to have them work on your entire project, spending a little money for a short consultation could help you avoid making expensive mistakes down the line. This step is especially important if you are not experienced in landscape design.

A good tip for landscaping is to list all of the materials needed before you get started on any project. There are few things more annoying than beginning a big project, like landscaping, only to realize you are short on half of the materials you need and must make another run to the store.

As you plan out to create your landscape, make sure you make room for your plants to grow. Planting a tree right next to your home could work fine now, but as the tree matures it could rupture your foundation and grow too close to the side of your house. So when planting things like trees, consider its full growth potential and plan accordingly.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Beauty Tips: Looking Your Best At Any Size

Regardless of what your body type is, you can radiate beauty by wearing cosmetics that make your skin glow and gorgeous clothes that show off your shape. If you need a boost of confidence in this area, then here are some simple changes that you can make to improve your self image.

First, you need to identify your body shape, whether it's slim, curvy, or full-figured, in order to begin creating a solid wardrobe. It is important for you to do some research as to which styles of clothes will best flatter your specific body type.

Invest wisely in your wardrobe. Cheaply-constructed clothing may not hang as well on your body as clothing that is well-made and custom-tailored to your frame. Fitted pieces are particularly flattering for plus-size women. Keeping your budget in mind, consider finding a tailor that you can trust in order to get comfortable, custom fit clothing.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Selecting Furniture That Suits Your Home and Lifestyle

Whether you're a parent with a tribe of kids, a student spending long hours studying, or a young couple living the high life, your furniture not only says a lot about you, it should suit your lifestyle and needs.

When we move into a new home and are tasked with furnishing, quite often we get so caught up in the excitement, we end up with a house full if furniture that just isn't quite right. But with so many rooms and so many options, can the average person with no interior design skills get it right? Like anything, furnishing your home is an investment, and requires some planning. It will possibly impact the value of your home upon inspection and also your content insurance, so best to get it right!

Here are some tips for selecting furniture that suits your personality, lifestyle and needs.

The most important thing to remember is furniture can be expensive, not only do the pieces cost, but the value of your assets will increase and your insurance may be affected. Know your budget before you start shopping, plan how much you will need for you big ticket items, and prioritise the pieces of furniture you need to get first.