Growing Japanese Bonsai Trees for Bonsai Gardens

Written by Christopher Chase

As you go throughrepparttar history of Japanese bonsai trees (among others), you will note that this term is used to refer to a Ďplant in a potí. As perrepparttar 113441 information provided on Harvard's Arnold Arboretum site, "the ancient Chinese wererepparttar 113442 first to miniaturize trees for ornamental purposes, around A.D. 200. Later,repparttar 113443 Japanese, who used it to create beautiful gardens, adoptedrepparttar 113444 bonsai technique.

Basically,repparttar 113445 bonsai are outdoor plants and they flourish in cool and humid conditions, away fromrepparttar 113446 bright sunlight for most parts ofrepparttar 113447 day. In case you want to keep them indoors, you have to createrepparttar 113448 same cool and humid environment for them; otherwise they tend to wither away.

Podocarpus, Serissa and dwarf Pomegranate are suitable for bonsai along with some common plants, such as Schefflera, jade plant, Ficus benjamina, Bougainvillea, Citrus and Hibiscus. You can also make bonsai out of several woody herb species like bay, rosemary, myrtle and lavender.

How to care for your Japanese Bonsai Trees

All bonsai need a light and well-draining soil, butrepparttar 113449 actual soil can vary from plant to plant. So,repparttar 113450 soil mixture suitable for growing bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) cannot be considered ideal for cultivatingrepparttar 113451 southern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana).

A typical bonsai soil mixture comprises 1/3 part coarse sand to helprepparttar 113452 drainage of excess water; 1/3 part organic matter like ground sphagnum moss or pine or fir bark, which are capable to hold moisture and nutrients and 1/3 part a coarse, fired clay like Turface that also hasrepparttar 113453 capacity to hold nutrients and moisture. You can adjustrepparttar 113454 proportions according torepparttar 113455 needs of your trees.

You can select any suitable place, such asrepparttar 113456 terrace to create your traditional Japanese garden. Planning an outdoor Japanese garden is an intellectual pursuit that also requires artistic visualization and imagination. The key element of its lay out and planning is that you should not letrepparttar 113457 gardenerís personality influencerepparttar 113458 garden. In this way,repparttar 113459 viewers can visualizerepparttar 113460 garden in their own distinct ways. Another core element is simplicity in terms ofrepparttar 113461 design and lay out.

Asthma Friendly Gardens

Written by Thomas Leo Ogren

Asthma Friendly Gardens

Tom Ogren Recent studies have shown that babies born to mothers who were exposed to high levels of pollen in their last trimester of pregnancy have a much greater chance of developing asthma. One ofrepparttar main keys with asthma prevention is avoidance. When you have asthmarepparttar 113440 typical garden is not a very friendly place at all. There are mold spores to contend with and worst of all isrepparttar 113441 pollen. Typical gardens have pollen producing male trees and male shrubs and other plants that can provoke asthma attacks. Almost anyone with asthma will tell you that their asthma can be triggered by a good number of things, but pollen is often number one for causing an attack. Garden allergies are common, but they need not be. Allergies from gardening could be largely a thing ofrepparttar 113442 pastÖ if weíre willing to make some simple changes. In fall of 1999 in Richmond, Virginiarepparttar 113443 American Lung Association of Virginia (ALAV) built a new Breathe Easy‘ office and headquarters. They had this entire large building constructed withrepparttar 113444 latest innovations in green construction and sustainable design. No construction materials were used that would off gas any harmful or toxic chemicals, no materials were used that would trigger asthma or allergies. Every attempt was made to build something that would be pleasant and healthy to work in. The people who work in this office now will tell you too, that they all notice what a great improvement it is. Their office is a healthy building. The ALA decided it would make perfect sense to landscape their new healthy building (in some states these are now called Health Houses) with an allergy free landscape. OPALS‘ (the plant/allergy 1-10 numerical ranking system) was used to select only those plant materials that were either very low pollen, low allergy, or that were totally pollen free, allergy free. In effect they createdrepparttar 113445 first true asthma friendly garden inrepparttar 113446 US. Health Houses in other states are now also adding pollen free landscapes to their green construction, green buildings. A new Health House is about to be built in Pennsylvania, andrepparttar 113447 PA Association of Landscapers and Nurserymen are helping to surround it with an asthma friendly landscape. Schools too are getting intorepparttar 113448 clean air act, and inrepparttar 113449 city of Visalia, California,repparttar 113450 Tulare County Asthma Coalition recently directedrepparttar 113451 asthma friendly landscaping of a newly built elementary school. Twelve keys to building your own asthma friendly garden: 1.Plant lots of female trees and female shrubs. Not only will these not shed any pollen, they will also trap a good deal of pollen that may stay in from somewhere else. Think of these female plants as natureís air cleaners. 2.Use only low pollen or no pollen lawns. There are types of lawns now that are pretty well pollen free and these are a big improvement over some ofrepparttar 113452 older lawn varieties. In southern states, if you have a common Bermuda grass lawn, consider replacing it with a newer, more asthma friendly hybrid Bermuda grass. ĎPrincess 77í is a new Bermuda grass hybrid that can be planted from seed. It is next to pollen free, grows very low and tight, and is especially good looking. 3.With OPALS‘ 1 is best, 10 is worst. Use only plants with rankings of 1-5. The more plants in your gardens that have rankings ranging from 1-3,repparttar 113453 friendlier your place will be for anyone with allergies or asthma. 4.Remove any trees or shrubs with rankings over OPALS‘ #7. The woody landscape plants with rankings of 8-10 are all sure-fire allergy triggering plants and you can live without them. 5.Replace any removed high pollen, asthma triggering plants with their opposite, female trees or female shrubs. Also good as replacements are perfect flowered plants that are known to be very low pollen producers. These will all have good (low) OPALS‘ rankings. 6.Use only plants that are well adapted to your own area. If you can find natives that have low allergy rankings, consider using them. Look around your own neighborhood, and see for yourself, which kinds of plants seem to be flourishing there already. For almost every kind of plant used in landscaping, there is now a no or low pollen version of it, if you know what to look for. 7.Use a wide variety of plant materials; diversity is good. Biodiversity always makes sense. The more diverse our gardens arerepparttar 113454 fewer problems weíll have with insects and molds. 8.Avoid plants with strong fragrances or odors, as they can cause asthma. Donít plant jasmines or similar vines next to entrances or exits and certainly donít use them underneath bedroom windows. 9.For mulch, use rock or gravel instead of bark to cut down on toxic mold spores inrepparttar 113455 garden. Flat stones or pavers also make good, mold free mulching materials. 10.To further eliminate mold spores, encourage wild birds in your garden. Virtually all wild birds eat insects, and insect damage triggers outbreaks of mold. Evenrepparttar 113456 tiny hummingbirds actually eat a large number of insects. Put up a hummingbird feeder! 11.Keep your plants healthy. This too will cut down on both pollen and mold. When it is hot and windy, do some irrigating. Fertilize everything inrepparttar 113457 garden spring and fall. If plants are crowding each other too much, thin them out. If tree branches overhead are putting your whole yard in deep shade, consider havingrepparttar 113458 tree thinned to let in more light. Fresh air and light arerepparttar 113459 enemies of molds. 12.If a tree, shrub, vine or any other plant always looks sickly, looks dirty, or always attracts bugs, then shovel prune it. Dig it up and get rid of it. Replace it with something easier to grow. Donít get caught up in having to spray insecticides allrepparttar 113460 time, as they too can easily cause asthma and allergies.

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