A healthy home

Written by Ingela Berger


Your home is your castle. You decide, possibly together with family members, what to make of it. Outside our home we have limited opportunities to improve repparttar environment, but in our home we can do a lot.

At home we want to feel free, relax and do things that we like. We want to eat, sleep, exercise, maybe work, and socialize with friends and family. We spend many hours at home. Naturally, we want our home to be as comfortable and healthy as possible.

What surroundings make you happy? What things do you like to have around you? Feeling good at home is a matter of physical as well as mental and social well-being. Look around you and think about what changes can be made in your home environment. Start with something small, one step at a time. Make a small change every day, and after a weekrepparttar 110093 difference will be considerable.

Your home - a place for personal growth and well-being Your home should be a refuge where you can hide fromrepparttar 110094 rest ofrepparttar 110095 world and find strength to go on with life. Why not follow these ten steps:

1. Put away things that you donít need. Too many things disturbrepparttar 110096 eye and make it hard to relax. Only surround

Pruning and Training Trees and Shrubs

Written by Alan Jolliffe


PRUNING AND TRAINING GARDEN SHRUBS

"The Art and Science of Pruning"

By Alan Jolliffe

Pruning isrepparttar art of training plants. Pruning is not an end in itself. Pruning is a stimulus for desirable plant growth.

Introduction. Very few publications on pruning mentionrepparttar 110092 relationship between pruning and training when explaining how to prune all types of plants, particularly of garden shrubs. This relationship is vital and must be well understood by gardeners, unfortunately it is not. Often pruning and training is not well practiced in both public and private gardens. However pruning, and therefore training, is one of those garden arts which must be practiced - and practice makes perfect.

Pruning is both an art and science, but there is now a lot more science than art and that is not a good thing. Pruning is becoming a lost art and it needs to be revived before it is lost altogether. The training of young plants is more important thanrepparttar 110093 control of old plants orrepparttar 110094 regeneration of old plants. Young plants are very easily trained fromrepparttar 110095 time they are planted out inrepparttar 110096 garden.

Of allrepparttar 110097 jobs inrepparttar 110098 garden nothing causes so much controversy and worry as does pruning.

Why do we prune? To grow large blooms for exhibition or fun using allrepparttar 110099 plant's vigor. To trainrepparttar 110100 plant to best suitrepparttar 110101 position we planted it in. To removerepparttar 110102 dead and diseased wood fromrepparttar 110103 plant. To keeprepparttar 110104 plant in proportion forrepparttar 110105 position in which it is growing. To ensure maximum air and sunlight reach all parts ofrepparttar 110106 plant. To enablerepparttar 110107 best features ofrepparttar 110108 plant to be shown off inrepparttar 110109 garden.

Tools ofrepparttar 110110 trade. The first priority is to make sure your pruning tools are clean and sharp. The basic tools are secateurs and a hand pruning saw. Loppers are alright but can be an unnecessary expense. Secateurs are used to cut branches up to 20mm in diameter after that you can use a saw without doing any harm torepparttar 110111 branch. A hand saw can cut quite large diameter branches without difficulty. In fact far to many people use a chainsaw when they do not have to and a chainsaw is very dangerous in these situations. They are also slower byrepparttar 110112 time you get them started and makerepparttar 110113 cut, a handsaw is faster and better exercise!

Starting to prune. Always start pruning fromrepparttar 110114 top down. One ofrepparttar 110115 most common mistakes is to removerepparttar 110116 weaker shoots atrepparttar 110117 bottom ofrepparttar 110118 shrub thus creating a clear stem sometimes many centimeters offrepparttar 110119 ground. (These are then 'standard' shrubs). Starting atrepparttar 110120 top allows you to shaperepparttar 110121 plant more easily. You can seerepparttar 110122 plant and get a much better idea ofrepparttar 110123 shrub when finished.

Look for what I callrepparttar 110124 'inner shape'. On many shrubs it is possible to see an outline of foliage smaller thanrepparttar 110125 existing shrub. Removal ofrepparttar 110126 foliage back to this shape is then a relatively easy matter. It isrepparttar 110127 identification ofrepparttar 110128 inner shape that allows you,repparttar 110129 artist and gardener, to quickly and easily completerepparttar 110130 pruning of any tree or shrub. You will know what you are aiming to achieve and that makesrepparttar 110131 task easier.

Once cut you cannot putrepparttar 110132 plant pieces back onrepparttar 110133 plant so don't cut back to far. It is just as easy to come back and take some more material off rather than be disappointed.

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