Give Your Garden a Rippling Effect: Add a Tranquil Pond

Written by Mary M. Alward

Continued from page 1

The materials that you use to construct your pond must be able to fulfill allrepparttar requirements that will be placed upon it. If you don’t know, ask. Mistakes made while creating your pond are difficult and expensive to correct.

Thoughrepparttar 135644 construction of a garden pond takes a lot of care and consideration, most gardeners haverepparttar 135645 ability to completerepparttar 135646 project. The most important aspects in pond construction are ensuring thatrepparttar 135647 structure is secure and watertight and thatrepparttar 135648 pond is suitable for bothrepparttar 135649 fish andrepparttar 135650 plant life you plan to incorporate into it. If you wish your garden pond to be successful, careful planning is essential. The site should be positioned so there will be no interference with electricity or water supplies.

Pond liners arerepparttar 135651 most popular for creating garden ponds and they come in a wide range of materials. They allow you to designrepparttar 135652 pond in any shape you choose and add a very influential bog garden. However, lines are very susceptible to damage. Construction must be handled delicately in order to keep risks minimal.

Pre-formed ponds place some limitations on your imagination, as they are rigid. They can be used to create a delightful pond for those who aren’t as particular about shape. Shop around to see what shapes are available before making your selection.

The best quality fabric to use forrepparttar 135653 pond’s liner isrepparttar 135654 bentonite blanket. It is a new concept and has been used very successfully. It enablesrepparttar 135655 method of clay puddling in a totally new form. The blanket is a specialized clay layer between geo-textile fabric that allows you to linerepparttar 135656 excavation site with natural clay, but withoutrepparttar 135657 problems associated with traditional clay puddling.

Whatever technique you choose, be sure to shop around at nurseries and water garden shops to getrepparttar 135658 best deal for your supplies. The professional staff will also be happy to suggestrepparttar 135659 plants that will best suit your project. Before you know it,repparttar 135660 project will be finished and you will be spending your evenings enjoyingrepparttar 135661 soothing sounds of water.

Johann Erickson is the owner of Online Discount Mart and TV Products 4 Less. Please include an active link to our site if you'd like to reprint this article. He is also a contributing writer for sites such as Helpful Home Ideas

Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Come to My Garden

Written by Lesley Dietschy

Continued from page 1

If your garden does not have adequate space to plant ladybug attracting plants, you can purchase ladybugs from numerous websites onrepparttar internet and most nurseries. Before releasing them into your garden, here are a few tips to help ensure thatrepparttar 135406 ladybugs stay where you want them:

1.Release ladybugs near infested plants after sun down or before sun up. They navigate byrepparttar 135407 sun and are most likely to stay put inrepparttar 135408 evenings and early mornings.

2.Waterrepparttar 135409 area where you are going to releaserepparttar 135410 ladybugs. They will appreciaterepparttar 135411 drink andrepparttar 135412 moisture onrepparttar 135413 leaves will helprepparttar 135414 ladybugs to “stick” onrepparttar 135415 plants. If released in a dry garden,repparttar 135416 ladybugs will most likely fly off in search of a drink instead of sticking around to eat.

3.Inrepparttar 135417 warmer months, chillrepparttar 135418 ladybugs inrepparttar 135419 refrigerator before releasing them. This will not harmrepparttar 135420 ladybugs and they tend to crawl more in colder temperatures rather than fly away.

Another way to attract ladybugs to your garden is to place several ladybug habitation boxes around your garden. Fillrepparttar 135421 boxes with organic material such as peat or compost to encourage ladybugs to roost and lay eggs insiderepparttar 135422 box. In addition,repparttar 135423 habitation box also provides protection forrepparttar 135424 ladybugs inrepparttar 135425 winter months.

To further promote ladybug populations, consider cutting back on spraying insecticides in your garden. Ladybugs are sensitive to most synthetic insecticides and ifrepparttar 135426 majority of their food source is gone, they will not lay their eggs and therefore will not continue to populate.

Here are some interesting ladybug facts: •There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs worldwide and 400 which live in North America.

•A female ladybug will lay more than 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

•A ladybug beats its wings 85 times a second when it flies.

•A gallon jar will hold from 72,000 to 80,000 ladybugs.

•Ladybugs make a chemical that smells and tastes terrible so that birds and other predators won't eat them.

•The spots on a ladybug fade asrepparttar 135427 ladybug gets older.

•Ladybugs won't fly ifrepparttar 135428 temperature is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

•The ladybug isrepparttar 135429 official state insect of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Tennessee.

As you can see,repparttar 135430 ladybug is one ofrepparttar 135431 most effective and economically important insects to have in your garden. In some cultures, seeing ladybugs in gardens indicates a bountiful harvest, an indication of good weather or a good luck omen. Create an alluring environment for ladybugs and they are sure to provide charm and pest control in your garden for years to come.

Copyright 2005, Lesley Dietschy, All rights reserved.

Lesley Dietschy is the creator/editor of The Home Decor Exchange, a popular home decor, garden decor, and home improvement website. Please visit the website for quality resources, articles, ideas, tips, free projects, and much more. The website also has a shopping marketplace and a unique Gallery featuring Pine Needle Baskets and Gourd Art.

    <Back to Page 1 © 2005
Terms of Use