Give Your Garden a Rippling Effect: Add a Tranquil Pond

Written by Mary M. Alward

A pond is a landscaping tool that creates a tranquil, relaxing retreat in which to unwind after a busy day – a tranquil haven where all of your stress will disappear.

A pond will bring your garden alive. It will transform a still image in to one that is full of life. You will enjoy abundant wildlife that visit, including birds, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, toads and other small creatures that are attracted byrepparttar sound of moving water.

A love of nature and gardening will help you keep your garden environment in balance while you’re designing your garden pond. Even if you are inexperienced inrepparttar 135644 subject of water gardening, you will be able to create a project that will bring a touch of nature’s magic into your garden.

Your pond will be your garden’s focal point;repparttar 135645 centerpiece where allrepparttar 135646 main activity is focused. Beautiful blossoming water lilies will rest among lush lily pads while goldfish glide throughrepparttar 135647 water. Watch dragonflies circle overrepparttar 135648 pond and perch atrepparttar 135649 water’s edge to lay their eggs. Your pond garden will be a tranquil, soothing place where blooming plants and wildlife will create an enchanting natural ecosystem.

While a pond can be totally self contained, it will be more successful if it is coupled with a bog garden. The plants used will provide opportunities for aquatic flora to flourish, as well as decoraterepparttar 135650 area around your pond. Plants included in your bog garden will allow you a unique opportunity to grow flora that would be impossible to develop in any other type of garden.

If your space is limited, or if a traditional pond is too large, container water gardens can be created. A half barrel fountain converted into a pond where gnomes rush and pygmy water lilies flourish makes a profound accent for your garden. If a barrel isn’t your idea of an attractive container, use old sinks, livestock watering troughs or a bathtub, covered in mosaics to create a unique container water garden.

When you are choosing a site for your pond, siting and safety are very important. The site is crucial torepparttar 135651 success of your pond. It must be in a position to be highly visible and ecological factors must be considered. Plants won’t prosper unlessrepparttar 135652 pond’s profile is suitable.

Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Come to My Garden

Written by Lesley Dietschy

Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybirds, can be a gardener’s best friend. The ladybug’s bright coloring brings welcomed cheer torepparttar garden, as well as helping with pest control. Since medieval times, ladybugs have been valued by farmers all overrepparttar 135406 world. Many believe thatrepparttar 135407 ladybug was divinely sent to free crops of insect pests. In fact, that is howrepparttar 135408 ladybug got its name. People dedicatedrepparttar 135409 bug torepparttar 135410 Virgin Mary and therefore called it “The Bug of our Lady”, which was eventually shortened torepparttar 135411 present name “ladybug”.

Adult ladybugs are usually oval or domed shaped and have red wings, yellow wings or shades and variations of these colors. The number of black spots can range from no spots to 15 spots and they are typically about one quarter inch in size or smaller.

The length ofrepparttar 135412 life cycle of a ladybug varies depending upon temperature, humidity, and food supply. Usuallyrepparttar 135413 life cycle from egg to adult is about three to four weeks, and up to six weeks duringrepparttar 135414 cooler spring months. Duringrepparttar 135415 springrepparttar 135416 adult female ladybug can lay up to three hundred eggs in an aphid colony. The eggs normally hatch in two to five days. The newly hatched larvae feed on aphids for up to three weeks and then enterrepparttar 135417 pupae stage. About one week later,repparttar 135418 adult ladybug emerges. There can be as many as six generations of ladybugs hatched in a year.

The ladybug enjoys popularity aroundrepparttar 135419 world. These pretty insects have long been considered a symbol of good luck and fortune because of their ability to eat an enormous amount of aphids. One ladybug can eat as many as 50 to 60 aphids per day. Aphids (also called plant lice) are herbivores and are one ofrepparttar 135420 worst groups of pests on plants. They feed in colonies and damage plants by suckingrepparttar 135421 juice out ofrepparttar 135422 leaves, stems, or roots. While aphids feed, they damage plant tissue creating a loss of plant fluids andrepparttar 135423 photosynthetic tissue needed to produce energy for plant growth. Some plants will show no adverse response to aphids, while others react with twisted, curled or swollen leaves or stems. Aphids also transmit many plant diseases from one plant to another.

Apart from aphids, ladybugs eat a variety of other insects and larvae including white flies, mealy bugs, spider mites, and other types of soft-bodied insects. They also require a source of pollen for food and for that reason are attracted to certain types of plants. Their preferred plants have umbrella shaped flowers such as dill, fennel, angelica, tansy, caraway, cilantro, yarrow, and wild carrot. Other plants that attract ladybugs include cosmos (especiallyrepparttar 135424 white ones), dandelions, coreopsis, and scented geraniums.

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