Controlling Watermeal Weeds

  • Restrict its feed– Eliminate or restrict the diet/ nutrients on which watermeal is fed. Microorganisms such as AquaClear Pellets will consume the nutrients. Insert aquatic creatures to feed upon the weed itself. In case your pond is flooded with watermeal weeds, the best way is to drain the pond and wipe it off completely.
  • Remove debris: It’s important to ensure impurities that settle at the bottom of your pond becomes the meal for watermeal. It’s important to manage the build-up to prevent the rise of watermeal in the pond that grazes on this sludge. Prevent any kind of fertilizer or agricultural run-off settling into your pond, try to restrict falling of leaves from the tree, and use a surface netting that can help trap leaves, or remove all leaves from the pond, daily with a pool net.
  • Aeration: Another important step in this direction is to add a bubble aerator. Proper aeration will not let the water stagnant or accumulate. This method De-stratifies the water layers and provide uniformity to temperature, provide oxygen from top to bottom for the fish and natural bacteria to consume the organic waste, muck and improve water quality. It’s advised to add bacteria in the pond, proper aeration will speed up the cleaning process and remove foul smells and muck in turn controlling the watermeal.
  • Introduce Koi: With the above stated methods, you will largely be able to control watermeal. In order to completely get rid of watermeal, you can also introduce fish that eat this plant, like koi or grass carp. Koi will eat watermeal willingly, while grass carp may eat other plants first and steadily kill watermeal. You can also add few ducks in the pond, these ducks will eat up watermeal and add to the beauty of your pond.

About Small Trees

First up is the Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple, yes, it’s a mouthful, but this native Japanese species gives any yard a hit of colour and texture with its dense leaves. The medium green colour gives way to beautiful red, orange red or orange yellow leaves come fall, depending on the variety you choose, and while some can grow as much as 30 feet, there are smaller versions available too. These trees do well in zones 5-7.

The Crape Myrtle is another smaller tree that gives plenty of mid to late summer flowers, so you’ll have a pretty tree long after the others have stopped flowering. The trunk on this tree is varied in colour so it adds interest to your yard and there is a wide range of sizes available. You can also pick from a wide variety of flower colours with the Crape Myrtle, with choices that range from pink, lavender and rose to red or white. This type of tree does best in zones 7-9.

If you’re looking for a little tree with a wide canopy look no further than the Amur Maple. This can be grown as a large shrub or a small tree and will be the first to show it’s leaves come spring so your yard will have the first hit of colour on the block! It’s mature size is between 15-18 feet and it’s a great addition to yards within the zones 3-8.

The Fringe tree gets its name from the tons of white fleecy looking flowers that it produces each spring. It looks like a fringe with its dangling offering and of course, like with many species, there are many different varieties available. The fringe tree can tolerate a wide range of soils and is great for yards in zones 4-9 depending on the variety you choose.

Elderberry

Elderberry or Sambucus is a big shrub native to Europe and to the United States. The plant is member of honeysuckle family. Its white and delicate flowers turn into berries – black or dark blue. Their flavour is sharp sweet and a little bitter but it is preferred in many recipes. I will tell you more about that later. Its leaves are pinnate with 5 to 9 leaflets with length 5 to 30 cm. You can see the whole beauty of Elderberry in late Spring when it blooms.

Elderberry contains tannin, amino acids, organic pigments, carotenoids, flavonoids, rutin and large amounts of vitamins C, A, B. Many studies have proven that some of the ingredients in the shrub are strong antioxidants and can protect the cells against damage. In a Oncology laboratory in Israel doctors have found that the plant stimulates the better function of the immune system and they have treated patients with AIDS and cancer with it. From colds and flu to fight against asthma, weight loss and diabetes, everyone can discover the benefits of elder, depending on his personal needs and individual condition of the immune system. Other positive side of using the shrub in your menu for healthier life is that it is good for the cardiovascular protection. The levels of fibre in it are really high and can help with the elimination of the “bad” cholesterol which automatically makes some space for the “good” one, that every human body needs. When you need to clear your throat, or have bronchitis that has bad influence on your respiratory system the juice from elder is the best choice for you.

Reasons Paver Installations Seem Expensive

Operation costs based on project size

For a large scale project of around 1000 sq ft, a service provider incurs many charges such as fuel, pallet, porta potty, delivery, dump, clean up, etc. These charges cannot be excluded from the list as the fabricator needs to adhere to the regulations.

Labor charges to compensate workers

When an experienced team is working on your project, they will be working on the finer details and all possible challenges of paver installation. A stone fabricator may compromise on labor charges only to get its people working more for less. This may either push them out of this job or make them not respond to service requests.

Company overhead for essentials

A properly working company needs to take care about the compensation and insurance needs of its workers. Other factors like expenses incurred during the processing of installation request along with promotional charges, which enable the clients to know about the business cannot be ignored. Such charges will add up to the expenses of fabricated goods and post installation services.

Materials consumed for better results

After the completion of paver installation you can see only the enhanced paver space. However, the installation has used many tools and consumed other materials before the installation assumed its present form. Besides that, there may be additional elements enhancing the life of the paver, which are missing from the list of fabricator who offered you cheaper installation.

Company profit to feed creative spirit

It’s the profit with which a company grows and appreciates the performance of its supervisor, designer, or the whole team. They need to do it to keep their creative spirits come up with exceptional things like the one you got.

Get Pigeon Spikes Installation Service

While it may be natural to feel sympathy for the birds and one may feel sorry for how they have lost a space to live, it is hardly feasible to allow them to build nests near human habitats, the reason for this that the pigeons bring along a host of different germs, dust and dirt. The dust and germs that the pigeons carry with them lead to a health problems in humans and that is what drives most people to shoo away the birds. Since constantly shooing away that pigeons may not be a practical solution, the innovative pigeon spikes, come as a happy respite. These are simple spiked metal installations with slightly rounded and blunt ends that can be installed on surfaces where pigeons are mostly likely to settle or sit.

The pigeon spikes are simply attached to a flat surface and this serves as the simplest solution to the problem of birds. However, it must be ensured that the pigeon spikes are opted from the best installers. The reason why a good installation is necessary s because the constant pursuit of birds to rest on a surface may lead to the breakage or uprooting of the spikes, which would mean a waste of effort and money for the people who opt for the spikes. When the pigeon spikes installation is done it can be ensured that the spikes do not come off and that they keep being purposeful for a long period of time. The material of the spikes also makes a major difference in the aesthetics of the premises, which is why one must opt for a material that is resistant to corrosion and helps elongate the life of the spikes and their efficiency in turn. It is also essential to make sure that the spikes do not break, as the breakage may lead to sharp edges and may cause injuries in the users of the spikes as well as the birds that may try to sit on the surface. Getting the best pigeon spikes installation is most essential when one needs to get a complete peace of mind.

Care for Orchids Indoors

Orchid biology is often wonderful and tricky in some places. The orchids are so responsive to the care that they may be compared with animals. As only careful parents can manage to grow good children, good plant growing requires careful grower. At the same time looking after orchids such as Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilum, Cymbidium and some other species does not require a lot of specific care compared to other flowers growing indoors.

If you are wandering how to care for orchids, firstly you should pay attention to a biology of a particular orchid genus you will grow. All orchids have some similarities, but also there are a lot of differences among different species. For example, many orchids have a rest period, when they should be watered much rarely and kept at lower temperature. Dendrochilums have a rest period from April to September, while other species are resting in autumn or winter. At the same time there are orchid species which don’t have any rest period. All of them require uniform watering through all year. Also different indoor orchids grow best at different temperatures. There are “warm”, “moderate” and “cool” orchids.

By applying some techniques you can, for example, get an orchid to bloom again. At the same time there are orchids which will be reblooming naturally every season.

Different orchid species have different ways of propagation. Usually orchids can be easily propagated by division, when they are large enough. Other methods of propagation are not so common, and usually require additional care and sometimes even lab equipment.

First people trying to grow orchids had a lot of trouble, because they usually tried to cultivate orchids in pots with a soil. Most of the orchids with beautiful flowers are epiphytic, this means they grow at trees, but they are not parasitic. They only use a tree as a support to grow on it. That is way most house orchids have to be grown not in pots with a soil. They should be grown in pots filled with substances such as a bark and a moss. Different substances have different amount of nutrients, and different capability of water retention, so how often an orchid should be watered and fed depends on a substance.

Deal With Cucumber Bitterness

Many people will not eat or grow Cucumbers because they are bitter to the taste. This is true of older varieties and is caused by a bitter gene which is part of the make up of Cucumbers.

Almost all the research that has been devoted to the Cucumber has been in and aimed at trying to remove this bitterness. The result of this research has been a host of new varieties that do not contain this bitter gene, or very little of it.

If you are harvesting bitter Cucumbers, the most likely explanation is that you are growing them incorrectly.

On no account let your Cucumber become stressed (lack of water, for example), they tend to bitter up.

If you grow the right kind of Cucumber, and keep the plant free from anything that might check their growth then you will have perfectly nutritious cucumbers that are crisp, refreshing pick-me-ups on a hot summers day.

However, if you want to be on the safe side, there is a trick for removing bitterness. This bitterness is almost all concentrated in the leaves, stems and skin of the Cucumber. If you remove one inch of the cucumber’s stem end and peel the skin back to a thin layer of flesh directly beneath the skin.

I have also found that scoring cucumbers with a fork makes the difference between faintly bitter and palatable cucumbers. You can try this out yourself. Peel a Cucumber. Take two center section. Score one and leave the other alone. Cut a slice from each and taste. You will find that the slice that has been scored is less bitter.

All this is aimed at making the cucumber less bitter, however you may well like bitter ones, in which case grow old varieties.

In the main there are three types of cucumber: field or standard ones, which grow quite large with a bright green color; smaller pickling ones with a more yellowish tone to the skin; and greenhouse forced varieties, which are bred to grow fruit in somewhat lower temperatures like the UK. I find in a good summer here in Oxford I can grow all three. In cool summers the outside ones do not do so well.

You can sow cucumber seeds straight into the ground, however I prefer to start my off in seed-trays and them pot them on until they are big enough to be planted out in the open or glasshouse.

I could list varieties here, but the best is to see what your neighbors are growing or which plants are for sale in your local shop.

Cucumbers are very heavy feeders so grow them in enriched soil with well-rotted manure or compost. Watch out for the usual pest and deal with them.

Starting A Garden In Extreme Summer

Every gardener, with a common sense, can easily know that water poured on soil can evaporate easily. You can dig a small area around the plant, cover with stones and rocks where water can percolate down easily to prevent evaporation.

You can also test in the soil moisture the same way. You can poke a stick in the soil around the plant to see if there is moisture. You should water only if there is dryness on the surface.

You can water only near the root tips. Note, that plants do not catch water flowing around and absorb water only near their root tips. The rest of water all around the plant is wasted.

You can put ‘mulch’ near the plant roots to prevent water from evaporation. Mulch can be prepared from any layer, such as dry leaves, compost, brick pieces, hay to provide moisture near the stem of the plant at its lower part. All the plants, benefit from mulching. However, the mulch has to be changed or moved up and down to prevent infections by fungus and worms.

A grass lawn may be soothing to the eye, but they require water in plenty. Now, we come to the most important part in the article – selecting plants which need less water.

Choose drought resistant plants in the garden. These plants do not need much care, and can thrive in the ordinary garden soil and in the full sun. The best examples are oleander plants. Another plant, if given the natural weather conditions, is Bougainvilleas. They love the heat, and their flowers are bright when there is less water.

There are also other types of plants such as bromeliads, bog plants and water lilies. However, seek the services of a gardener before you start the process.

Water Conservation Lifestyle

Make water conservation part of your lifestyle.

Turn off the taps while you are brushing vessels, or putting soap on your hands and face.

All the rinsed water, without chemicals can be fed to the garden plants.

Fix leaking taps as soon as possible.

Use only a rag and half bucket water for washing your car.

Stainless Steel Fences

Stainless Fences Are Customizable

Just like any type of metal fencing, stainless steel fences are capable of being painted. The only difference is that stainless will not allow rust to develop and expand. This prevents bleed through over the paint because of its rust-resistant properties.

Stainless steel fencing opens the door to custom colour options that can match your home, the landscape, a barn, your porch, and many other products. You can also be creative and use more than one colour.

Imagine painting every 5 balustrades one colour and the next five a different one. Or maybe imagine painting the top and bottom rails one colour and the balustrades another colour. In fact, you can even alternate colours on the balustrades or make them a two-colour design in which half of each one is one colour and the other half is another.

Bendable Properties

Since stainless steel is a form of metal, it can be bent and curved to make fashionable designs. This works great for patios, hills, stairs, and more. It can be bent to conform to the land or bent to enhance appeal. Many balustrades come preformed and ready to install, but the option to bend them manually is available when desired or when a unique look is wanted. Balustrades can have arched, bent, curved, and/or angled properties.

Enjoy a curved balustrade design with one or more curves. Go for the zig-zag look or choose a twisted design. The possibilities are endless when it comes to bendable properties that make a fence really stand out. Arches on the top rails are also common because it adds value and appeal.

Common Locations for Stainless Steel Fencing

Because stainless fencing is pretty universal and is also open to a variety of options, they are used for just about any need. Stairways and walkways are very common because the railing can be painted any colour and won’t rust. Patios also have a place for stainless fencing. They usually include artistic or designer fencing to effectively mesh with the area and blend with its tone. Aside from that, they are also common in local regions that allow it as pool fencing. But if the locality does not permit it as a pool fence, they are still used as accents to the area or get installed along a path that leads to the pool area.

Making Compost From Grass Cuttings

Essentially you must keep in as much heat as possible. One way is to make the pile a large one, although in warmer climes the heat comes naturally within the pile and requires little assistance. Plastic compost bins, or adapted receptacles, are much better than using ordinary plastic bags, are very sturdy and make a big difference.

The actions to take are fairly simple. Firstly, you need to make a layer of grass cuttings about 20 cm in depth. Next, spread a layer of shredded carbohydrate rich material,l such as newspaper or sawdust, over the surface. You can even use oatbran or such like if you have any stale cereal in the cupboard. A couple of small handfuls should be plenty. Now you need to cover this with a thin layer of soil. Approximately 2.5cm will provide an abundance of bacteria and will additionally absorb the water and gases which stop the compost making process. Continue in this manner until all of the grass cuttings are used, then cover the top to keep out the rain, or simply place the lid on the plastic compost bin.

Next time you mow your lawn simply repeat the process on top of the previous pile. A pile made in Spring or Summer can be used in late Autumn or the following Spring. If the grass has been treated with a feed and weed spray leave at least six months between placing grass cuttings on the pile and using the compost.

As well as grass cuttings I tend to add other natural matter such as vegetable peel or other similar waste. I try to avoid anything which contains seeds as these have the potential to sprout and grow in the compost pile. I also absolutely avoid adding any weed matter to my pile as they have the same reaction as seeds, which then defeats the whole object.