Buying Garden Ornaments

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Buying garden ornaments can make your garden more beautiful and personal than you would ever think. There are many ways to “fix up” your garden, and they can make it more accessible, comfortable, and welcoming than you may have ever thought.

Gazing Balls

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Despite the weird name, the gazing ball can be a great accessory to your garden. This is an orb with a mirror-like finish, and evokes the idea of a crystal ball used in fortune telling. The orb can be a made of glass or metal, and can be brightly coloured. The name indicates that one would sit and stare at the ball, rather than the garden. However, the true purpose of the gazing ball is to create a centrepiece in the garden. It can be a spot of colour, adding accent to an area and drawing the eye to a section of the garden. In formal settings, it can act as a centrepiece, sitting in the middle of the garden. In other uses, it can be a spot of colour or light in a dark corner of the garden, automatically giving that corner more significance in the overall structure of the garden.

Water Features

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A water feature can bring the sound of flowing water to your garden. This is not only a restful sound, it can also drown out neighbourhood noise quite effectively.

Contrary to what you may think, a water feature does not have to be a formal, three-tiered fountain with a cherub at the top peeing a stream. Those may be great in a large, formal garden, but what about your small patio garden? A wall fountain may be the best solution, wall fountains also look great with Illuminated plant pots UK. Wall fountains are available in every style you can imagine, from lion’s head fountains to slate walls down which water runs to the retaining tank. The flowing water does not attract mosquitoes because they only live in stagnant water.

Statuary

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Statuary is another garden ornament that is popular with many gardeners. But, how much is too much? the answer is with you. Some people want one garden gnome hidden in the shrubbery for the children to find, others want all 7 Dwarves. You may want a St. Francis statue for your bird feeder. many places have a wide assortment of statuary for your garden, all of which can be a great addition.

Furniture

Benches, tables, and other garden furniture make the garden beautiful and functional. A teak bench located beneath a shade tree, a lounger placed on a sunny deck, or a table and dining chairs on the patio all create a welcoming atmosphere that encourages you and your visitors to enter the garden and enjoy the scenery.

Planters

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Planters are not always considered a garden ornament as there are inside variants aswell, but garden planters can be just as decorative as any sculpture or water feature. Planters come in a range of different shapes sizes and materials.

Pavers can also make an exciting addition to the garden, River rock, mulch, gravel, and shaped stones, either used exclusively or combined with each other, can lead the eye, and the garden visitor, throughout the garden for beautiful experiences.

 

Treating A Lawn With Problems

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A beautiful lawn is a benefit to the ecosystem, but lawn maintenance can be a mystery. Why won’t grass grow in THAT SPOT? Why are there brown spots on the grass? Why are there big dead circles in the lawn? Here are some tips for treating a lawn with problems.

Aeration

You may have trouble with sections of your lawn that do not ever seem to get covered with grass. There may be a simple lawn treatment to this. That area of the soil may just need aeration.

Some sections of the garden or lawn that are barren are often just packed down and need to be aerated. You can do this with a motorized machine that looks much like a reel-type mower. Or, you can use an aerator punch that you stand on to poke holes in the soil.

Grub Worms

If you have June bugs, then you have grub worms. Grubs are the larvae of June bugs, and they eat the roots of grass. Those big bare spots in your lawn are probably grubs that have hatched from a June bug’s egg sac.

There are chemicals that will kill the grub worms. Then, your lawn can begin to spread back over the bare spot. It helps to keep those spots moist to encourage runners from your lawn grasses to take root.

Brown Spots

Brown spots in the lawn are usually caused by pets. They use the bathroom on the grass, and the urea or feces kill the grass in that area. Some lawn care companies sell a chemical that can help the grass recover in those brown spots. The quickest and best way to treat those areas is to remove any feces, and, with a water hose, hose feces and urea off of the area, diluting it so that it does not damage the blades of grass.

Brown Tips

You have been so careful to fertilize at the right time, and aerate the soil, and keep the kids and pets off of the grass, but the tips of the grass blades are still brown. This is especially bad after you mow.

To keep brown tips from marring your beautiful lawn, sharpen the mower blade. A dull mower blade will tear up the grass tips, rather than slicing neatly through.

You also need to raise your mower. Cutting the grass too close to the ground will burn the tips of the grass blades, and by raising your mower, you can keep the grass healthy.

Finally, to combat brown tips, lightly sprits your lawn with water after mowing. This will moisturize the tips of the grass that have been cut, and they will heal more quickly. Misting will keep the grass from burning.

With a sharp mower blade, correct height, and a sprits of water, you can keep your lawn nice and green, rather than brown looking.

For other problems, you may need to consult with a landscape specialist. He or she can give you advice on laying pavers for pet trails, and other such situations.

Why You Should Get A Plant

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Are you a plant person? Do you currently have any plants inside of your home?  I know a fair few people who don’t have a plant in sight. It’s actually pretty bad to not have plants in your home, it is well known that indoor air is actually much more polluted than the air you find outside. Plants actually have a magnificent property that they can actually filter the bad air back into nice breathable and less polluted air, amazing isn’t it? Just how trees can turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, plants also have the ability to create better air inside your home.

Pollutants are everywhere, did you know its actually terrible for your health to dry your clothes indoors? Well, terrible may be an over exaggeration, but drying your clothes indoors may actually pose a risk to those who have asthma, hay-fever and other allergies. That’s why having plants in your home is important, because most people have absolutely no idea what the conditions are like inside their homes.

Plants don’t just offer a way to decorate and also customise the look of your home, they actually have physical and mental benefits, and that’s why you should be looking into getting some plants. There are many types of plant that have their benefits, but which ones are best for air purification? Lets have a look.

NASA actually did a study into indoor plants, as they are thinking about using plants to filter the International space station, their findings are completely open but here is a list of the suggested plants for producing oxygen from CO2 but also absorbing benzene, trichloroethane and formaldehyde.

  • Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
  • Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’)
  • Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)
  • Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  • Golden pothos or Devil’s ivy (Scindapsus aures or Epipremnum aureum)
  • Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
  • Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium, syn.Philodendron cordatum)
  • English ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
  • Snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata’Laurentii’)
  • Selloum philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum, syn.Philodendron selloum)
  • Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)
  • Pot mum or florist’s chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)
  • Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragans ‘Massangeana’)
  • Janet Craig dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’)
  • Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
  • Gerbera daisy or Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  • Bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)

The majority of these plants are actually very pretty, they are attractive to the eye and will make your home look great, as well as filtering the air. Getting your hands on the majority of these plants shouldn’t be difficult, there are a few places that offer a decent service in your average brick and mortar. But there are also other alternatives, if your looking for easy delivery, you can also order these online. Online ordering is as easy as pie!

The next question is are you going to get them for your home, or maybe for your office? Office plants are important too, you have to think, during the week, your employees spend most of their time in the office, and breathing in unpure air just cant be good for anyone. So what’s the best way to go about it? There are certain website out there that offer a plant hire service. This service also offers a maintenance contract, this means that staff will come round and water the plants and keep them well, meaning you don’t have to worry about it. Keeping your office air pure is important too, why not have a go?