How to plant a cactus in your garden

How To Plant A cactus In Your Garden

Gardening is a very rewarding experience, it gives you the opportunity to create something beautiful, that process of creating a place full of beauty and life is wonderful, and the result will give peace, serenity, inspiration and much more, it fills your soul with the magic of life that mother nature freely gives to all of us.

 

Gardens are special places and they come in many styles and sizes, since the absolutely stunning gardens that we see around the world as major tourist attractions till the cozy and beautiful small one in your yard, it doesn’t matter if you plant your own garden or if you use a service for landscape design, the result is always amazing in its own way.

 

Cactus a beautiful and easy option for your garden

 

Cacti are amazing, beautiful and slightly dangerous plants because their sharp spines, they also are very easy to maintain, they can thrive in both outdoor and indoor gardens, you can plant them in pots or directly on the soil, they will grow and blossom, giving you an amazing view, your garden will have an incredible style with this plants that are highly recommended to persons that don’t have a lot of experience with gardening or time to dedicate.

 

There are some characteristics of cacti you should know, for example:

 

  • They have shallow roots.
  • They come in colors that range from green to gray to near blue, they also come in varied shapes and sizes.
  • They grow slowly and have a long life expectancy.
  • They can store water in their roots, stems and leaves, so being frozen is dangerous for them.
  • They require a soil rich in nutrients that drain quickly.

 

Tips to plant a cactus in your garden

 

  • First decide the kind of cactus you want and its location inside or outside your home, take in count that they grow slowly so give it plenty of room to grow, and avoid place it where its spines may represent a danger for people, also take in count that in very wet places or in areas with frost you may need a shelter for your cactus garden, in outdoor gardens, place your cactuses near plants with similar needs.
  • If you use a container you don’t need a deep pot or a very large one, because the shallow roots.
  • The drainage is very important for cactuses, too much water can kill them, so spread a layer a small pebbles or gravel in the bottom of container and top it with some potting mix designed for cacti, avoid decorate with mulch because it can cause too much water and heat retention in the top of the soil,  use crushed stones instead, use terracotta containers, they let water evaporate faster than other materials.
  • Make the soil richer in nutrients, you can add approximately 50% of  coarse sand or grit and up to 10% compost to garden soil or purchased topsoil for a nutrient-rich and fast-draining mix.

How to keep your grass in the best shape

How to keep your grass in the best possible shape!

Gardening can be a tough activity sometimes, nevertheless no matter how much attention we pay to our flowers, bushes and trees, there’s always a vast majority of space occupied by an enormous green sheet made out of grass. Yes, grass is the main face of our garden, which means that we must take proper care of it to maintain a nice appearance. Do you want to know how? Don’t miss these following tips to keep your grass in the best shape.

First of all, always use sharp blades when cutting your grass, this will guarantee an even and clean cut to grass, while dull blades shred grass instead of cutting it, this damages the leaves and makes it more subtle to suffer diseases and require more nutrients than normally to repair the damage. Also, keep in mind that blades must be balanced since unbalanced ones are the main trouble on low maintenance that causes dullness.

Once you’re sure your blades are sharp and balanced, it’s time to adjust them depending on the time of the year, basically due to weather conditions. For example, during winter or cold temperatures, grass should be around 1.5 inches tall in order to allow the crowns of the grass plants receive more sunlight and keep warm. Moving on to warmer seasons, grass should be around 2 inches or maybe a little more to protect the crowns. If you live on a place with warm weather conditions along the entire year, then adjust your blades to cut half inch less than the previously mentioned heights respectively.

Keep in mind that if you let your grass grow a lot, you’ll need to adjust the height of your mower to remove just the top third of your grass because that part is pretty thin compared to the bottom two thirds, meaning that it will decompose quicker if cut. An interesting fact of the top third of your grass is that it will provide an amazing amount of the nitrogen that your grass needs to grow healthy. Once you cut the top third, don’t rake the clippings, since they’ll help your soil retain more water by avoiding evaporation and won’t leave available space for weeds to grow. So, if your targeted height is 1.5inches, cut it when it reaches around 2.2 inches.

If you followed all our trimming advice, you’ll have a thick lawn that doesn’t leave space or sunlight to let any weed, but that’s not enough. You have to get rid of weed during the early stages of spring and summer to avoid the development of deep roots. Some weed are better to attack before they blossom, others during its early stages of growing, so you’ll have to keep that in mind while choosing a herbicide. Also, fertilize your grass as soon as spring starts to help it develop nice roots and assure a healthy growing.

Those tips were the basics of a healthy lawn, apply them and you’ll have a beautiful green carpet covering your garden.

Gardening Tips for newbies

Gardening tips for newbies

When you move to your first house, you realize there are many things to take care of. Most of them like replacing an outlet, a pipe or even bulbs are easy projects that you can do by yourself, but there’s something that apartments don’t have or that your mom took care of in your previous house: gardens. Starting from taking care of your grass you can fall in love with the art of planting and seeing your babies blossoming. Gardening can be hard at first, but there are a lot of simple tips that you can follow to make it easier.

First of all, try to keep your pots light, one of the most common mistakes made by beginners and even experienced gardeners is filling the pots from its base to the top with potting mix. It’s advisable to fill the bottom third or half with some kind of foam packing peanuts, covering the top with landscape fabric and then putting a potting mix that has peat moss and vermiculite in order to make your pots even lighter.

One of the activities that can drive the beginner gardener insane is shoveling. Most of time, dirt and potting mix refuse to let the shovel go and remains stuck to it and no-stick shovels can be expensive. Don’t worry, there’s a solution: make your regular steel shovel a no-stick one by spraying a silicone or Teflon lubricant coat before starting your job. That’ll make you do less effort.

Some gardeners see their plants as children that need to be taught how to behave. Some plants are more aggressive than others, for example, the roots of goose-neck loose-strife can overtake your entire garden in a blink if you don’t plant it with some restrictions. The solution here is to set boundaries to it by planting them in a plastic container that keeps the roots from spreading widely. The bottom of the container could be cut off to redirect the roots to grow directly into the soil.

Sometimes, our flower bulbs that have just been planted might seem pretty tasty to some creatures that might be roaming our gardens. They’ll try to dig the soil to get them and leave us without our precious flowers. There’s a way to keep them from eating our bulbs which consists in setting a cage for them while they grow. How? With some poultry netting placed on the soil where the bulbs were planted and fixing it with some tent stakes. That way, your bulbs will be unreachable.

Last but not least help your root-bound plants. If your plant has been growing inside a pot, its roots might make intricate circles that might keep water and nutrients to reach the roots. Be careful to assist them by planting them in bigger pots as they grow and cutting some roots to make the others more exposed to water.

With time, you’ll find even more tools that will make your gardening journey even more enjoyable. Let’s put hands to work!

Taking care of your garden, the first steps

There are many responsibilities lying behind the fact of just owning a house. One of those many responsibilities is taking care of your garden. Yes, it can be difficult to keep track of everything at the beginning. But, remember that everything in life gets easier with practice.

 

Taking care of your garden is important to preserve the value of your home and to keep your place at its top condition. Here we’ll list the very first steps you need to take in order to have your garden in the best possible shape!

#1 Evaluate the situation

As many things in life, you need to evaluate carefully the basic aspects of the project you’re about to immerse yourself in. How is the overall rate of your lawn? Do you need weed removal or insect control? Is there any good solution for those brown patches in the grass? How much money is this all going to cost? There are more questions than solutions in this first step, but all you need to know is that your investment is secured and it will worth every penny.

#2 Take an action plan

Easier said than done. You need to think carefully every aspect and every finding in the evaluation part of the process. Think about the problems that may arise and how they can affect your plan. Making an action plan may be difficult if you’re not experienced in the task and you may get lost in the middle. That’s why we recommend to call for expert advice in this step. But, relax once you get your action plan there’s no need to worry about it no more.

#3 Keep it in good shape

Once you get out of the two last steps there’s more to get done. Keeping your garden in perfect shape is the most important part of the whole process. This step will prevent you from going back to step #1 and it will be the one that will bring you more joy and peace of mind. as we advised before, the expert opinion is always the best choice due to the amount of work that a garden requires to stay up to date.

Have you ever been to a house or a place without a garden? Can you imagine such place? I don’t think so. The bright colors of the nature is the thing that will bring life to your home and it will keep your spirit high in every situation. Also, the value of your home increases if the garden is in top condition. In conclusion. the garden of a hose is one important part of it and it needs to be taken care, but the whole investment will bring you many wonderful things!