How To Use Flower Beds In Landscaping Your Garden

Written by Paul Curran


The loveliness of flowering plants needs little embellishment by description. Certainly every gardener seeksrepparttar beauty and color that can be brought to his grounds by a variety of flowers. The proper arrangement of flower beds in your garden and attentive care to them can insure you a continuing bloom of lovely flowers year after year.

For with planning, it is possible to maintain flowers in your garden duringrepparttar 113350 entire length ofrepparttar 113351 growing season. Borders and beds are planted with flowering annuals and perennials which bloom at different periods duringrepparttar 113352 year. By choosing carefully initially, and by caring forrepparttar 113353 flowers thereafter,repparttar 113354 blooms will overlap each other, so that there will never be a period when an old bloom disappears but that a new one will start to show its color.

Preparingrepparttar 113355 soil for flower beds or borders requires greater care than planting a lawn. For one thing, digging must be deeper. It is not too much to digrepparttar 113356 bed 2 feet deep, although 1 1/2 feet is suitable. It is, of course, possible to grow flowers in a shallower bed than this, butrepparttar 113357 deeper you dig,repparttar 113358 better your production will be.

All heavy lumps should be broken up. It is a good idea to spread some sand, cinders or ashes inrepparttar 113359 bottom soil to break it up. Also, you might work manure, well-rotted compost, grass clippings or peat moss intorepparttar 113360 bottom. Do not firmrepparttar 113361 bottom soil down, but let it settle naturally.

Good loam should be used forrepparttar 113362 topsoil e.g., well-rotted manure, humus, peat moss, well-sifted leaf mold or heavy sand. Wood ashes are fine for spring, and lime may be used for looseningrepparttar 113363 soil. You might think aboutrepparttar 113364 character of your soil and considerrepparttar 113365 particular fertilizer which containsrepparttar 113366 elements your soil needs most. Should you use manure, be careful not to let it touchrepparttar 113367 roots of plants.

How To Use Hedges In Landscaping

Written by Paul Curran


A hedge that is well kept and attractive can do much for your grounds. Used inrepparttar front ofrepparttar 113349 house and onrepparttar 113350 sides of your lot, hedges are a barrier against traffic, noise and all things unsightly; atrepparttar 113351 same time they enhancerepparttar 113352 proportions and general appearance of your house and lawns. And withinrepparttar 113353 boundaries of your property, hedges define paths and walks, demarcate various areas, and help to screen service areas and vegetable gardens.

The plant materials generally used for hedges are mentioned elsewhere in this book. They includerepparttar 113354 tall background hedges of holly, thorn or wattle;repparttar 113355 informal flowering hedges of rose, bridal wreath spirea or barberry; Such evergreens as mugho pine, globe arbor vitae, box or eunonymus (most of which are used as low edgings) andrepparttar 113356 colorful fruit and-nut hedges of thorn apple, hazlenut, cherry, beach plum, cranberry and quince.

And, of course, there arerepparttar 113357 formal clipped hedges. Of these, repparttar 113358 Amur privet is by farrepparttar 113359 most widely used. In fact,repparttar 113360 privet is used so universally that it is original to choose any ofrepparttar 113361 above for hedging.

How to Plant Hedges

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