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How to Choose a Landscaping Specialist

Choosing someone in landscaping will add beauty to your home.  The outside of your home should look as nice as the inside of your home.  A landscaper is someone who will perform a variety of services dealing with your landscape architecture. First determine what you need a gardener for and how much you can afford to spend on one.  Maybe you just need someone to mow your lawn and do your wedding a couple times per month.  Or maybe you need someone to level your lawn and put up a whole new architectural creation.  Determine what your budget is.  There is no need to create a masterpiece when all you can afford is a flower garden.   The best way to locate a gardener is through word of mouth.  The internet is another way to locate one.  You want to stay...

Masonry Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

Backyard walkways as well as patios make a beautiful and tranquil space for the family to spend cool evenings relaxing or a place for summer barbecues.  If you have young children or pets and you have created a stunning space in your backyard for flowers and shrubs, having a stone or brick walkway will define what is off limits.  Building a walkway or patio is an easy project that you can do yourself as part of a weekend project. If your goal is to have a walkway that is permanent, it is suggested that you pour concrete or mortar down first and then use brick on top.  You can then seal the walkway in place by using mortar to fill in the joints.  If you want to change your walkway design every once in a while, you can pour a layer of sand down to create the...

Beginners Gardening Tips for a Vegetable Garden

The first mistake that some new gardeners make is that they start their gardens in the wrong place. I learned this from early on in my gardening ventures. Soil is the most important part of planting a garden. You need to choose the perfect site. When I first started the garden and I knew where I wanted it to be, I actually took a soil sample from the area I was considering to my local co-op extension to be tested. Turns out, I had ideal soil and was all set to start planting a vegetable garden. I started small with just tomatoes and then just added more after I mastered the art of growing tomatoes. What types of vegetables to grow will depend on where you live and how much room you have. A plant needs a lot of sun and heat whereas corn takes up a lot of room. Be...

A Guide to York Bonsai Pots

Many people may have not heard about bonsai plants and if they have, they may not be sure what it is.  In simple terms, a bonsai is defined as a plant in a pot.  These plants are plant masterpieces.  Choosing the right pot for your plant is important for the overall image. When choosing a pot for your tree, there are a few basic rules to keep in mind as far as the dimensions.  The pot that you choose should be the same dimension as the diameter of the bonsai trunk, slightly over the soil level.  If you are choosing an oval or rectangular pot, you should choose the pot length that is 2/3 of the plant height.  For pots that are round, the pot diameter should be 1/3 of the plants height.   The first thing you should know when choosing a pot is whether or...

A Guide to York Bonsai Feed ..

A bonsai tree is the art of planting a shrub within a small pot. When deciding on when to feed your tree, note that there are certain times where the shrub should not be fed.  You want to wait about eight weeks after pruning the root of the bonsai before feeding.  If your plants appears to be diseased, you will not want to feed the plant. Do not feed your bonsai during periods of heavy downpours.  You do want to water during these times, however.  And lastly, do not feed the tree when the weather is hot.  The reason is that trees will not take in feed because they shut down during periods of heat.  With that said, the best time to feed is spring and summer, which are the growing periods.   When talking about what to feed the shrub, there are two things...