Sunday, 30 August 2009
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Devon Landscaping Tips - Designing The Right Garden For South Devon's Terrain
1. Test your soil.
Devon is a huge undulating county,spanning many earth and rock types (some of them very ancient) from acid to alkaline, so therefore it's a good idea to test your soil. Your garden will be most natural and easiest to maintain if you choose plants and features that complement it's landscape. It is also more cost effective as landscaping budgets will not be wasted upon plants that will never thrive. If you are not confident about spending hundreds of pounds on trees and shrubs through mail order, then take a quick consultation with an expert with local knowledge - for example give Richard from Green Grounds Landscape Gardeners Devon a quick call.
2. Find out about the prevailing wind and local weather conditions through the seasons for landscaping in Devon.
Plant purchase and labour costs can be saved through the careful placement of expensive specimen trees, hedging and shrubs. Devon's winds and gales can blow down from the moors or the sea and uproot trees and shrubs or whittle them into strange shapes. Local Devon landscaping gardeners can advise on planting, staking, tying or even plant some handsome specimen trees for you.
3. Take your time planning your Devon garden and observe local gardens and parks.
You can learn a lot about Devon landscaping from observing the plants that flourish in neighbouring gardens, stately homes and parks. This is a more reliable way of finding plants which will bloom happily in your own garden. Relying on garden centre displays is not a good idea as often plants are not chosen for local hardiness. Again, a quick consultation with an established Devon landscaping contractor such as Green Grounds Landscape Gardeners Devon can reassure you about the plants you have in mind and whether rhododendrons, bright azaleas or colourful hydrangeas are likely to do well.
4. Use local Devon landscaping contractors - they're likely to be much cheaper and more informative.
National or regional landscape gardeners may have to travel long distances over several days to complete your landscaping project. In previous times, this wasn't such an issue but since the recession, many have had to put their prices way up so that they can recoup heavy petrol or diesel costs. These costs can accrue quite alarmingly when you add in the budget for bringing in heavy plant which has had to be hired - or indeed heavy topsoil, gravel, paving or plant containers. Local Devon landscapers can use their unique local knowledge to source the best prices and deals. Delivery costs are often much lower as their suppliers may be just a few villages away.
Monday, 24 August 2009
This cordless lawnmower seems to be ideal for smaller and mid-sized lawns as it's quite light and quiet. Maintenance is less work too, as standard electric lawn mowers need regular safety checks. These mowers don't require non-stop top ups either, so we can forget about all that messy and smelly petrol or oil spilling and leaking all over the place and getting on our hands and clothes! This lawnmower is cordless so we are able to reach those parts of the jungle,er garden, where no man has ever gone before! - without that old fear of running over the electric cable. The nuisance of extension cables for lawnmowers should be a thing of the past now too.
We like the idea of having several cutting heights - there are three on this cordless mower and they are easy to change. The grass collection box is nylon and can take thirty litres - should be plenty enough for a an hour to an hour and a half of mowing time!
Saturday, 8 August 2009
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Thursday, 6 August 2009
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One Plymouth gardener offering competitive quotes is Richard from Green Grounds Grounds Garden and Property Maintenance Services. Established locally as a gardener and grounds maintenance contractor for 16 years, he also maintains factory, parish council and holiday cottage properties as well as domestic gardens in Plymouth and South Devon. The garden service is a small, hard-working and trusted local family business and so can afford to be competitive on price.
Green Grounds Garden Services are also Plymouth Turf Suppliers and can deliver or lay the locally sourced turf for their clients. The Plymouth gardener also carries out grass cutting,lawn care, garden shed building, weeding,planting,pruning,garden design,Devon landscaping,levelling,hedge cutting,Devon tree services and patios,paths,ponds and water features.
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Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Pink Grape Hyacinths? We thought they were blue....until now! Row upon row of pink Grape Hyacinths would certainly turn a few heads, and there's something very pleasing about having something innovative and new in the garden - especially for those certain breed of gardeners that like to go one up on the neighbours.
The good news is that, like their blue cousins, the pretty new pink grape hyacinths are really easy to grow. Grape Hyacinths are already trusty, reliable little harbringers of Spring - and almost foolproof to cultivate. To learn how to grow the Pink Grape Hyacinths, you need do little more than just read the packet! So they are ideal for beginner gardeners to start with...or for a foolproof reward to encourage budding young gardeners who expect to see a result in the Spring for all their hard work.
1. Order early.
2. Check bulbs for damp, disease or damage.
3. Plant quickly.
4. Make sure they don't dry out.
5. Wait til Spring and look forward to the unusual results!
PS Don't forget to grow Pink Grape Hyacinths in containers too - how about throwing a few bulbs in shiny little silvery pots all ready to surprise Mom or Grandma with home made gifts on Mother's Day or birthdays?
Saturday, 25 July 2009
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Friday, 24 July 2009
How to indoor force begonias
Devon landscape gardeners have a lovely emerald green backdrop as a foil for very strong fiery colours, such as those of Begonias. These are so useful and reliable for lifting those dull shady corners that most gardens have, and it is much cheaper to start your own bedding plants indoors.
It's easy to learn how to indoor force begonias through tubers indoors, even if you have never tried it before. Begonias can be challenging for beginners to grow, but if you are prepared, follow instructions carefully and do not forget about the begonia tubers even beginners can achieve good results with these fiery-colored plants.
Late winter is an ideal time to learn how to indoor force begonias. Lift the tubers in the Fall before the cold weather sets in and the ground gets frosty. They can come indoors to spend the winter out of the extremes of the weather outside. If the tubers are damp, they need to be dried carefully first, to lessen the risk of any damage resulting from mould or disease. Fungicide should also be used to powder the tubers before they are put into store. Choose a location that is cool but not subject to frost, such as a garage, unheated porch or store-room.
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When planted, move the trays of begonias to a warmer location, still indoors, but too hot a spot! About sixty degrees is good. They like a good, light position and it is sensible to have them where you can see them regularly so that you can see and feel when the compost is getting dry. You can then watch the height of each begonia, ready to remove it to its own pot when it is ready. This should be when the shoots of the new plant have grown to about three inches. Learning how to indoor force begonias is not difficult and waiting for these shoots to show is exciting.
As soon as the weather is warm enough, usually from late May until about mid-June, start to plant out your new begonias with their cool white or hot spicy shades. Choose a spot in shade or a partly shaded area in which to plant them and make sure they have a light, free-draining soil to grow in.
Alternatively, brighten a dull, uninspiring corner in the garden, or welcome visitors, with tubs full of vividly colored begonias.There are many hot shades and hues to choose from from hot pinks, to fiery oranges and scarlet reds - all of which look stunning when accompanied by Bizzie Lizzies as a foil to the planting scheme. If using begonias in the garden, choose a location near to the front of the bed, due to the height of the flowers. No matter what the weather, at least you can be sure of a fiery hot show of garden color if you start your Begonia tubers early! Next year you will already know how to indoor force begonias.
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Sunday, 19 July 2009
Those Dreaded Winter Worm Casts!
To smooth out worm bumps in lawns, you first need a dry day. In some zones, these are few and far between in the winter, Worm bumps in lawns can be unsightly, particularly in the winter months, when the spirals of digested slimy earth are wet and where they occur very close together.
In summer too, worm bumps can be a nuisance, as, after a shower of rain, the worm bumps get wet and sticky underfoot.
If not cleared away before a very long, hot dry spell of weather, the worm bumps can dry out, and - particularly on clay soils - the bumps can become hard-baked little hillocks which affect the smooth operation of a lawnmower.
Some gardeners fear that numerous hard-baked worm bump areas in the turf will cause the lawn to become patchy, as moss, clover and other weeds will grow there in future, instead of fine grasses.
Spring and Fall are the most likely times for worm bumps to appear, as the weather is milder and wetter then. The worms come up to feed when the temperature climbs a little. The earthworms feed on decaying organic matter and excrete the surplus as slimy soil in worm bumps on the surface.
The best way to deal with worm bumps is to try to remove them when they have dried out a little. Wait for the first few dry, warm days of spring and use a light grass rake to scratch the worm bumps into a dry earth powder that will either soon blow away, or filter harmlessly down into the turf. This could ideally be carried out before the first cut.
An effective technique is to methodically treat the area with a light grass rake in a 'cross-hatch' pattern until the whole area has been fine-raked right down to the soil surface. This technique is known as 'scarifying.'
An added benefit of scarifying the lawn is that the thatch of wet damp moss and the remains of last year's grass-mowing clippings will also be removed, leaving the lawn clean and refreshed and ready for a smooth run with the lawnmower.
Serious 'lawn purists' whose aim is to produce a show lawn fine enough to grace any croquet lawn or lawn tennis match, may not be satisfied with this partial remedy however. Such lawn enthusiasts may want the worm population exterminated all together or at least culled! . In the past such zealots may have resorted to Ph lowering treatments such as sulphur powder in attempt to deter the worms by raising acidity.
Unfortunately, chemical worm-treating agents are now frowned upon for safety and environmental reasons and are even banned in many countries. If, on a show lawn of closely-cropped fine grasses, the worm bumps are a serious blot, then the only recourse might be to consult a qualified landscape gardening professional. These operatives often have licenses to use more powerful chemicals. However, there are safety issues with chemicals and of course, cost issues too.
It is worth remembering at this point that earthworms are worth keeping in the lawn for other reasons. They are a beneficial presence in the soil as their constant mining helps to aerate the earth, and they also digest and recycle organic matter such as dead leaves and moss from the surface. They play an important role in lawn drainage too.
It is possible that for the fine green sward spreading before the gardener in summer he has the worms to thank. A healthy lawn might be worth the headache of a minor worm bump issue that can be safely raked away.
Many thanks to Net_Efekts of Flickr for the worm image!
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Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Tips for growing the pretty little Tete-a-tete daffodils are very easy as these petite golden flowers are simple to plant and need very little fussing over in return for their cheerful presence. Because they are little daffodils in miniature though, they need careful consideration when it comes to positioning.
Choose either a drift of Tete-a-tete in sets of twenty or so ,which will look pretty and natural in the distance, or specimen planting closer to the areas nearer the house which get more use in late winter and chilly early spring. Tete-a-tete also looks pretty growing in wall-top beds or rockeries.
Drifts of Tete-a-Tete look particularly natural in lawns under semi-wooded areas. The first tip for brightening your woodland area or flower beds, is to plant the pretty yellow-trumpeted miniature daffodils in the Fall. Bulbs become available to buy from mail order companies or garden
It is a good idea to plant bulbs that are to grow in cooler areas earlier in the Fall, to give the little golden flowers more time to establish before the cold of winter. In temperate zones such as the UK it is common to leave them until October.
Tete-a-tete, like most Daffodils, should be grown either in full sun or dappled semi-wooded light shade. To grow healthy,flourishing blooms choose a planting area that has fertile soil which is free-draining.
To plant in drifts, scatter the bulbs first on the lawn surface, ready to plant each bulb where it falls. This random effect will look more natural. Have ready some organic matter such as garden
After planting, cover the bulbs with some mulch to conserve warmth and provide a little protection. In the spring, you will soon have the nodding heads of little yellow Tete-a-tetes in the semi-shade of your 'woodland garden.'
Another growing tip for miniature daffodils is to have them grow closer to the house too, so that they can be enjoyed by those who don't care to venture out in zones where the weather is chilly in late February or early March when these plants bloom.
The bright heads of Tete-a-tete can be used to lift the color in window boxes for example, or doorstep containers. Their compact height (to ten inches) means they won't dominate the displays. Senior relatives and friends will appreciate being able to enjoy these mini daffodil trumpets from inside the house, or being able to admire them in containers and pots while
Other features to enjoy about the Tete-a-tete cultivar (N.cyclamineus) are the distinctive color of its trumpet blooms, and the way in which the buds develop and open so sweetly. At first the buds point skywards, but just before they open, they start to point straight down to open up like little bowing heads. To follow, bright orange trumpets darken as the blooms mature.The golden lemon of the petals lifts the spirits by reminding us that the warmer days of Spring are coming.
For gardeners venturing further afield in the garden, Tete-a-tete daffodils can be grown close to paths too, or try growing them in the lawn, naturalised through the grass. Rock gardens and larger flower beds are suitable planting locations too, for this versatile little bulb. Your local garden services contractor can help with planting large quantities of bulbs.
Saturday, 28 March 2009
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Friday, 27 March 2009
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