Aluminium And Wooden GreenhousesWritten by Garry John
An important addition to any British back garden, greenhouses are firmly established in British way of life. It's probably inclement weather that drives british gardener 'inside'. If you are visiting this site then you are probably thinking about obtaining a new greenhouse. It is possible you don't know type of greenhouse you need or even how to decide on type of greenhouse. Greenhouse design was revolutionised with arrival of aluminium frames and scarcity of pine. This article takes a brief look at differences between metal and wooden greenhouses.
Wooden Greenhouses are choice for traditionalist and expert gardener. They are commonly made from Canadian Western Red Cedar, which is renowned for it's exceptional long life outdoors as a result of it's effective rot resistance. Wooden greenhouses are traditional style of greenhouse before aluminium greenhouses and plastic greenhouses became more popular towards end of last century.
A timber greenhouse will obviously blend in naturally with your garden and will become an integral feature rather than something of an eyesore which you wish to hide away. Timber is also choice of expert gardener and it is generally agreed that it is best material for a greenhouse. One of main reasons is that red cedar greenhouses are much better at maintaining a constant temperature than aluminium ones, which obviously leads to a healthier and more natural environment. An experienced gardener will know benefit of having things to hand and a wooden frame will allow gardener to easily fix hooks and shelves exactly where he wants them, so those all important greenhouse accessories are to hand. The wooden frame also makes it easier to fix an extra layer of insulation of plastic bubble sheeting, such severe weather conditions prevail.
The best time to add a protective coat to a timber frame is before winter sets in. Choose a good day in late autumn and give frame any attention it needs. Look for any wear and tear and treat it immediately. Most good timber frames come with a ten year gaurantee, but don't wait for 10 years before checking.
Lawn Disease and SolutionsWritten by Linda Paquette
Every lawn, whether new or established, is susceptible to a variety of lawn diseases. Most lawn disease starts with a fungus. Fungi are an oddity because they don’t set seeds; instead, they propagate by distributing spores in their surrounding area. Some of spores are picked up by wind or animals and distributed in new locations.
One of biggest problems in controlling lawn diseases is diagnosis. By time signs of infection are evident, fungus that causes it is often difficult to control. Although there are dozens of types of lawn disease, most can be prevented through regular lawn care. Most fungus spores lie dormant until conditions are right for them to grow and infect your lawn. Generally, fungus spores need warm temperatures, a moist environment, a source of nutrition and a susceptible host. Although you can’t control weather, you can deprive them of nutrients they need as well as a susceptible host.
Water your lawn deeply and infrequently to deprive fungus of damp environment it needs. In addition to helping prevention of lawn disease, deep and infrequent watering encourages your turf to sink deeper roots. Water only when surface soil is dry to your touch and then water to a depth of two to three inches. You can gauge how much water your lawn is getting by “planting” a small container (such as a tuna or cat food can) in a corner of your yard. In addition, schedule irrigation in morning to give excess water a chance to evaporate.