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Tips to Make the Perfect Garden

Almost everyone is fond of a garden be it a small one or a huge one. Having a garden seems to be very great, but having a perfect garden requires a lot of effort and hard work. If you are one of those people, a person who wants the perfect garden hence do not know what to do and where to start, you are definitely at the right place. Here are some of the tips that will actually help you in designing your perfect garden.

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The Benefits of Using Healthy Soil For Crops

There's no shying away from the fact that soil is healthy for the environment. In simple words, it allows plants to grow and is the main source of providing food for mankind. This is why garden owners and farmers are interested in investing in good quality soil. Not to forget, without soil, nobody would ever be able to grow crops. With the exception of an interesting option known as hydroponics, you will eventually have to look for new ways to grow food.

“Healthy soil” is defined as one that is home to multiple organisms. For instance, when it comes to the growth of bacteria such as insect larvae, earthworms, or amoebae, it is essential for soil to be healthy.

So in this feature, we will guide you through a few interesting benefits of using healthy soil:

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4 Essential Fixes To Help Your Garden Grow

As every veteran gardener will tell you, handling plant life is no picnic. As rewarding as it might be in the long run, gardening can also be a little frustrating. Handling yellowing leaves, seeds that just won’t sprout and plants growing slower than expected is just part of the job.

The trick is to stay calm and follow a few easy steps to diagnose the problem. Check both the plant (stem, leaves, blossoms and fruit) and its immediate environment (soil, light, temperature or humidity) to begin mapping out a solution.

Here are a few most common gardening issues and how to deal with them:

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Common Plant Diseases Caused by Fungi

Plants encounter a myriad of potential issues that can stunt their development, and fungi disease seems to be the most common one of all. Whilst there are not clear instructions to help fight off these fungal diseases, by learning about them, and their symptoms, you may have a better chance of catching and defeating them.

Itemized below are a few of the most common plant diseases caused by fungi. They describe the symptoms of the various infections, the best way to treat the plant / infected soil, and the lasting affects the disease may have.

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How To Windproof Your Garden For The Year Ahead

No one truly gets the joy behind gardening until they try it for themselves. Watching those beautiful flowers first take bloom evokes a sense of joy seldom experienced by any other act.

The mental satisfaction along with the many health benefits associated with gardening makes this hobby extremely rewarding. It is very much like a form of natural yoga.

Some of us are lucky to be born with a green thumb but for the rest of us gardening lovers, we tend to need all the help we can get. Maintaining the perfect garden that has lots of open and sheltered spaces, fertile soil, plenty of sunlight, proper draining and is windproof is easier said than done. It is not just hard work – it can also be quite expensive to do.

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Learn Why Japanese Knotweed is a Problem for Landlords

Japanese knotweed is a weed that grows and spreads rapidly. In summer, this plant emerges from stems deep underground to over 7ft. Also, it suppresses the growth of many other plants. And when it comes to eradication, it requires determination and hard labor as it is difficult to remove with chemicals or by hand.

Many homeowners don’t know how this plant looks like and in which season it proliferates. Moreover, if you live in the UK, the growing knotweed in your garden can put you at great risk. So in order to avoid this problematic plant, we have prepared a guide to help you with it. 

What is Japanese Knotweed?

Japanese knotweed is a plant that grows rapidly and is strong clump-forming, with dense and tall annual stems. Stem growth of Japanese knotweed grows more than a meter even in a single month and is famous for pushing through concrete, tarmac, and drains. 

In the mid-nineteenth century, this plant was brought to Britain from Japan. This plant was brought as a garden ornamental, but when it started to grow rapidly, particularly riverbanks, roadsides, and derelict land, it caused severe damage to structural damage and displayed native flora.

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How Does This Plant Spread?

Japanese knotweed spread rapidly as compared to many other plants of its nature. Most people don’t know the ways that play a role in spreading it. Pieces of stem or rhizome of Japanese knotweed can be spread or carried by waterways or fly-tipping, especially after heavy flooding or rains. The clusters of this plant are often found on the roadside, riverbanks, and redevelopment sites. 

The appearance of Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed has many appearances, depending on the year and time. Following is the guide on the appearance of Japanese knotweed:

  • Japanese knotweed in summer: Summer Japanese knotweed resembles bamboo though green in color with dark purple marks. Inside the bamboo are distinctive compartments that retain nutrients and water.
  • Japanese knotweed in spring: The early signs of Japanese knotweed’s growth can be seen in mid-march. This plant’s leaves grow rapidly and store nutrients in the stem.
  • Japanese Knotweed in autumn: In the autumn season, stems of this plant turn in dark brown. Leaves of this season’s plant are large and have pointed tips and heart shapes.
  • Japanese knotweed in winter: When the frost appears, this plant's leaves turn dark brown. And the cane of this plant loses its color and takes years to decompose.

Why Is This Plant a Problem?

If you have this plant on your property, it is not illegal, but as it spreads rapidly, it can damage others' property. In simple words, growing this plant on your property is illegal; also, it is against the law to let this plant spread in the wild. So it is important to take this plant into consideration to avoid any legal case. Thus, people need Japanese knotweed solicitors to avoid any inconvenience and to deal with any legal charge. 

Control

Controlling the growth of Japanese Knotweed requires you to hire an expert as it is not easy to get rid of this problematic weed. It usually takes seasons to eradicate this weed using weed killer. Experts and professionals know better to deal with this weed and can help you a lot to get rid of it. 

Tips To Consider When Moving Your Garden To Your New Home

Along with good use of space and excellent physical exercise, gardening can be a source of entertainment and can bring out the creativity in you. From planting various plants to nurturing and watching them grow, it’s undeniably a nice feeling to manage a garden in your backyard. However, what will happen to your plants if you decide to move to another home?

Well, you have nothing to worry because relocating doesn’t mean you need to leave your garden behind. Although moving it can be a bit risky, there are ways you can do to transport your plants and help them survive throughout the process safely.

If you’re planning to move your garden soon, below are the tips you should keep in mind from the get-go:

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Top 4 Reasons To Compost At Home

Composting is probably the most effective method to dispose of waste while ensuring the planet benefits from it. Composting occurs when organic waste can decompose naturally in the soil under oxygen-rich conditions. A simple example of this in nature would be a fallen tree. As time passes, a fallen tree decomposes and begins to encourage the growth of a variety of organisms and life forms.  The decaying material of the tree becomes a hotbed of growth for life.

All waste material decomposes eventually, but some waste is considered more favorable in case of composting- like fruit waste, eggshells, dry leaves, and more organic forms of waste. Composting is fun and easy to do, but before learning how to compost at home, let’s look at 4 reasons why you should compost at home.

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Spring Garden Tips You Should Know

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, to hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour…” - William Blake

This quote rings true in the sense of the limitless forms in which creativity manifests. Not all artists are painters or sculptors, necessarily. Some are gardeners. Their gardens are their easels and the many flowers are the colorful constituents that create their master pieces. Any artist, irrespective of his interest, knows that creativity is best expressed in forms of technique and structure. These spring garden tips aim to provide you the channels of these forms, through which your rivers of inspiration may flow. Let's take the first steps towards creating a gardeners dream...

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How to Keep Uninvited Animals away from Your Garden

If you don’t want anyone to destroy your front yard lawn, then you put up a “don’t walk on the grass” sign. However, when it comes to your beautiful flower or vegetable garden out in the back, signs won’t at all against “second kind encounters”, to put in those words.

Yes, are speaking of all the uninvited animals that visit your garden and leave behind quite a mess. From the playful neighbor’s dog, across moles, all the way to pesky flying insects, all these animals ruin your gardening efforts.

However, you cannot blame them for this because it’s in their nature. It is actually up to you to stop them and do so using nonlethal methods. Ideally, you shouldn’t any animal, yet manage to fend them of your petunia or cabbage. Here are 7 eco-friendly ways in which you can achieve this.

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