Benefit Of Sand

Using Sand to Promote Lawn and Garden Health

We have talked a whole lot about plants, insects, soils, chemicals, etc… but one topic that we hardly hear about in landscape and gardening is sand. How important is sand and how can sand add to the overall health of our landscape and gardens?

When persons hear about sand the first thing that comes to their mind is the beach and yes you are right sandcastles. Now don’t get me wrong, it is nice to kick off our shoes, head to the beach, and become that child we once were having an all-out sand party.

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Children on the beach

 Sand is beneficial in so many ways.

Sand matters

Sand plays a very big role because of the part it plays with our soil profile. While we can agree that soil is at the heart of the survival of plant life, soil still needs help in order to meet plant requirements.

Sand and it’s many uses

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Benefit Of Grass

Promoting our health by installing a lawn

Garden Lawn

Grass can add such appeal to landscapes and garden areas. Over the years I have worked on many garden projects installing grass and it was amazing to see how those newly install grass transform those areas.

There are so many species of grass that are being us for many different reasons, but one thing that we can agree on is how grass gives such a touch of class.

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Health benefits of plants

The Importance of Garden Plants

In this article, we will be looking at plants and how they can benefit us. To some people, plants are just plants and nothing else, but if they were to really do research on plants they will be amazed by just how much we depend on plants both humans and animals.

Animal kingdom

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Deers eating

In the animal kingdom, animals such as cows, chickens, sheep, etc… depending on seeds and hay as foods that all come from plants.

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Tree uses and benefits

Using Trees in the Landscapes and Gardens

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Sparrow in a tree

It is very interesting to know how trees have served us from the days of our ancestors. Trees have always and are still benefiting us in so many ways and the truth of the matter is humans are depending on trees to survive.

But sadly over the years trees including some forest have been totally destroyed to make way for buildings and other projects. But what we need to understand is trees help bring balance to the environment.

I believe one reason why our planet is becoming unstable is that of the destruction of trees.

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Raised bed gardening ideas

Creating a Raised Bed Garden

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A raised bed

Many homeowners are faced with the challenge of installing a garden because of limited space, heavy shaded structural areas, poor soils that are hard to work with, or living near a beach area where the salt sprays can be damaging plants.

Do not despair because you have come to the right place as I seek to resolve your garden problems and you can have that garden you always wanted, whether a vegetable, a herb, or a flower garden, with some creative thinking you will be well on your way by installing one or more, raised beds.

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Salt Tolerant Plant List

Garden Plants to Install in Coastal Areas

Many homeowners that own beachfront properties are faced with the challenge of finding what to use when having a landscape install, having a beachfront property is great but when it comes to choosing plants for your garden there are certain plants that can and will tolerate salt sprays.

Therefore it is important in knowing which plants will work for us and which plants will not. In this article, we will be looking at some plants, grasses, and shrubs that will serve us well giving us that closeness with nature.

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Plants That Repels Insects

Using Plants to Keep Insects at Bay

Plants are really amazing and beneficial to just about all living things. Plants can be used for food, to purify the air that we breathe, for decoration, for medicine, and the list goes on. But in this article, we will be looking at plants that repel insects.

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Colorado Beetles

I believe that wise gardening is not just planting for beauty, but using plants that can serve more than one purpose. Your garden should be designed in such a way that when planning in this way it makes life easier for you.

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Cleaning a fish pond

Successful Tips on How to Clean a Fish Pond

In one of my articles, we looked at how to build a backyard fish pond, in this article however we will be looking at how to clean our fish pond. As we noted earlier installing a fish pond can liven up any Landscape and Garden area providing lots of fun for adults as well as kids.

Pond fish

But for us to enjoy our fish pond, we are faced with the challenge of keeping it clean so that our fish will not only stay healthy but the pond itself will not become an eyesore. Many companies charge a fee to come and give our ponds a good cleaning. These fees can become, hefty based on the condition of your pond.
This article was written as a DIY (do it yourself ) guide. If you are willing to take on the challenge and don’t mind getting dirty along with saving on that pond cleaning bill then this article is for you, so with that said let’s look at pond cleaning more closely.

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Build your own backyard fish pond

How to DIY my Fish Pond

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A Pond Fish

One special feature of landscape and gardening is adding a fish pond to brighten up and bringing life to that garden area. A few years ago I worked as a foreman taking care of a two-acre property and one of my delights in working on this property was the fish pond.

At times both my co-workers and I would visit this pond and watch as these beautiful fish along with turtles swim gracefully back and forth, seeming to enjoy those long cool summer days. We were also given the responsibility to make sure that they were well fed.

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Home Garden Success Made Easy

Home Garden Ideas

When it comes to having a successful garden where do we start?

Gardening know-how

Garden vegetables

When it comes to constructing a successful home garden the first thing to consider is what type of garden you want and at what location. There are many types of gardens to choose from.

You can have a vegetable garden, a fruit garden, or even a herb garden or you may just want a garden consisting of flowering plants. But whatever type of garden you desire, remember that location plays a major role in your gardening success.

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How to grow an organic garden

Why organic gardening?

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Garden Vegetable

This is a good question, why is the world turning to organic gardening? what is the big buzz all about? and what are the benefits of having an organic garden? first, growing organically means growing crops without the use of synthetic pesticides, because these pesticides can contaminate the foods we grow.

Secondly, the use of synthetic pesticides can and have contaminated the air causing humans as well as animals to become ill, and thirdly having our own organic garden in our backyard will save us money. So we can see then that growing organically will benefit us in many ways.

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Just for kids-Insect facts

The fascinating world of insects

Happy Bee

In this article, we will be looking and doing a bit of study of the insect world. It is so amazing how many species of insects there are on planet earth, and what is even more interesting is their numbers are staggering. But before we get into all of this fun stuff we will be looking at persons who work in this field.


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Developing young minds through science

Just for kids is a web page that has been created just for kids. In this article, we will be looking at science and how it relates to us and our world. I believe that science is one way that we can develop our kid’s minds while they learn what nature has to offer and how it benefits us.

When did science begin?

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Gardening for kids

Gardening for kids can be such a rewarding experience. I remembered as a child having my very own garden that I designed and constructed with my very own hands it was such an exciting experience that I still remember to this day.


There were days when I would be outside turning the soil in preparation for planting my seeds. My garden consisted of okras, pepper, peas, and corn.

I would go into my garden on a daily basis to water my seedlings, then after a week or so I would notice little leaves and stems. Man, I was so proud of my seedlings, it was like walking on the clouds. The good news about kids getting involved with gardening is that it brings them closer to nature where they can have a better understanding and appreciation of how nature works.

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Minor Irrigation Repairs

DIY Your Irrigation System

In order for plants to perform at their best, we must do our part to ensure that their requirements are met. In this article, we will be looking at irrigation repairs because water is so essential to plant life. Without it, our plants cannot survive or thrive.

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Irrigation sprinkler

In fact, every living thing depends on water in order to survive. Getting adequate amounts of water to our plants is a necessity.

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Turf disease

Maintaining a Healthy Lawn

In this article, we will be looking at turf disease and how we can bring resolutions to those problems which can turn a nice healthy manicured lawn into a lawn that’s stressed and dying.

St Augustinegrass

Apart from the maintenance practices that are carried out St Augustine grass also faces the issue of dealing with diseases such as take-all root rot, grey leaf spot, and brown patch disease, if these problems are not correctly identified and dealt with that once beautiful law will become an eyesore.

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St Augustine Grass

So then we will first be looking at take- all root rot disease, The fungus that is responsible attacks the roots, and because of this, the turf is not able to take up water and nutrients through the normal process. When this happens the turf begins to decline. To learn more about St Augustine grass click this link. Grass-type.

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Turf insects and their control

Growing and Maintaining a Healthy Lawn

There are many rules that apply in order to have a beautiful healthy turf. Apart from these rules, there is the issue of dealing with the many insects that attack our lawns, feeding on them, and converting what once was a beautiful lawn, to a lawn that is sick, dying, and far from healthy-looking.

In this section, we will be looking at some of these lawn pests and what methods can be taken to counterattack and bring them under control.

St. Augustinegrass

St. Augustinegrass is a turf that has its share of problems with turf insects which include:

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Plant Nutrients

The Importance of Fertilizers

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Christmas cactus flowers

Plant nutrients are essential in order for plants to survive and grow healthy. Therefore it is important that we provide our plants with suitable nutrients so they can perform at their best. A lack of these vitamins will cause your garden plants not only to become stressed but your plants will also become susceptible to insects and disease.

These vitamins/nutrients are found in the soil but because they are in such small amounts, human effort is needed to help make up or supply plants with the right amount of nutrients.

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Palms and their care

Palms and their uses indoors and outdoors

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Coconut Palm

In this article, we will be looking at palms their care, and how to use them indoors and outdoors. While we will not be covering every aspect of palms in this article because of the vastness of the subject, however, we will be looking at some general information that pertains to palms.

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Garden herbs that contain healing wonders

The Benefits of Garden Herbs

As we take a tour of Eden’s Garden we will discover the healing wonders of herbs we grow in our very own backyards or have purchased from the supermarket on a weekly basis.

There are many persons who grow or purchase herbs from the supermarket week after week and are not aware of the healing wonders these herbs contain.

In our quest to add robust flavor to our soups, salads, and dishes, there is also another aspect of herbs that we must highlight. How can mint assist us in our overall health?

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Water management within the landscape and garden

Water our Most Precious  Resource

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Water Drop

One of the things that we need to be aware of is our need to conserve water. Our water supply should not be taken for granted because, without water, life would not be as we know it.

Without water, there would be no life. Every living thing depends on water from the tallest trees or the biggest animals to the smallest micro-organisms.

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Bromeliads and their use

How to Use Bromeliads in Your Garden

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Guzmanias bromeliads

Bromeliads are very beautiful strong plants that can survive the most extreme conditions. They are considered to be low-maintenance plants.

I have worked with these plants over the years and have come to love them. Bromeliads can add color to any environment and a unique style that cannot be matched.

Bromeliads can be used in the exterior landscape as well as interiorscapes. There are so many species of bromeliads that it is mind-blowing. There are said to be anywhere from 2000-2,700 species of bromeliads. Now let’s look at the care of bromeliads and their many uses.

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Orchids and their place in the landscape

How to Use Orchids in the Garden

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Purple Philodendron Orchids

There are many species of orchids that are beyond the scope of this article so we will be looking at some basic information about orchids, i.e. how to care for them and place them within the landscape. Orchids are in my opinion very exotic plants that can really add that elegant touch or flavor to our landscapes or interior plant scape.

I have worked with orchids over the years using them in many plant designs. I enjoy working with orchids because orchids can give that soft touch and appeal that can get the attention of just about anyone with their bright beautiful showy flowers.

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Organic gardening

The Importance of Organic Gardening

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Tomato plant

With the world becoming more health conscious day by day, people are facing the reality from countries all over the world that in order to look healthy, be healthy and stay healthy we have to find means and put into practice those measures to improve our lifestyle. Every year hospitals and doctors’ offices are filled with hundreds of thousands of people with different health issues.

And while it is true that the many measures we implement to improve our lifestyle does not guarantee 100% good health, yet there is a lot that can still be done to at least improve our health and save us from that dreaded trip to the doctor’s office.

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Cleaning The Air That You Breathe

Cleaning the Air the Natural Way

The advantage of having plants is that plants serve many functions and purposes. You can grow plants for food, for beauty, to make money, for medicine, and so on. But what is also amazing about plants is that plants can also clean the air that we breathe.

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Bamboo palm and Peace lily

Plants have the ability to filter the air that we breathe by pulling impurities out of the air. Therefore it is always good to have a few plants indoors to clean the air that we breathe, besides giving the interior of your building a more polished look. NASA did a study many years ago and discovered that indoor plants clean about 87% of the air that we breathe indoors.

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Chemical Application

What is chemical application and how can this benefit plant life?

Chemical application is applying chemicals to plants to aid them in recovering from insect infestation or from the disease that may be brought on by plant pathogens such as virus and bacteria.

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A Holly Plant

Every gardener should know a bit about chemical application because knowledge is power and most importantly, it can save you a considerable amount of money.

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Pruning Methods

Simple Steps to Successful Pruning

As a landscape and interior plantscape designer, one of the tasks that I had to commonly perform was making sure that the plants that I installed were properly maintained. Even as a nurseryman this was one of my responsibilities. So I  did the basic stuff like watering, fertilizing, insect control, and of course pruning.

“To prune or not to prune?”

Pruning is important to a plant’s life because by pruning you can actually add years to your plant. Pruning can take your plant through a period of rejuvenation. In other words, because of pruning, your plant can go through a rest period causing your plant to become more healthy.

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Plant disease control

Keeping your Plants Disease-Free

There are many factors that can influence plant disease. We will be looking at some of these basic facts. While this article will not be covering all aspects of plant disease, we will be looking at some general information.

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Garden flowering plant

If plants are not cared for properly eg. in the case of overwatering, it can cause plant disease or the gardener may have used an infected tool that was not properly sterilized.

Also, it may be situations that are out of your control that trigger plant disease eg. rain is an environmental factor that is out of our control. It can cause a plant to get so much water that the soil becomes saturated or waterlogged.

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Weed control

5 Proven Methods to Eliminate Weeds

Nothing can distract more from a beautiful landscape than to see ugly weeds popping up from everywhere whether they are big or small weeds.

Garden weeds

I remember the days when I would be out there in the landscape for hours weeding. For me, those days were days that I worked my fingers off and to make matters worse, weeding in direct sunlight on those long summer days. Oh, how I would pray for lunchtime and knock off time to come.

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Grass types

Choosing a Garden Lawn

In this article, we will be discussing some of the grass types that are used to become that outdoor carpet of green. The five- star hotel where I was employed many years ago had some of the most beautiful lawns. The landscape team that I was a part of did such an amazing job taking care of the different areas where lawns were installed.

It’s amazing how great a lawn looks when it has been properly installed, watered, fertilized and cut at the right height. Even after cutting the lawn at home I would go back several times within that day just to muse over how great everything looks. With each look, you would probably think I was seeing my lawn for the first time.

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Animal Control

Keeping animals out of your garden and landscapes

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A Rabbit

A challenge to every gardener occasionally is keeping unwanted animals out of their landscapes and gardens. There is much reason why animals invade our landscape and gardens. Their main objective is their survival, so it does not matter to them how great of a landscape or garden you have. Their goal is to find shelter, food, and water.

Even if they have to trespass as a means of survival. This can be a challenge to any gardener who has labored so hard investing time, energy and not to mention money into developing that nice and costly landscape or garden.

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Garden Vine Care

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Bleeding Heart Vine

Vines are one of the plant species that I worked with for many years as an interior plantscape designer. One of the things I would often do is let the vine runners grow out or trickle down the sides of the decorative pot. It always gave that natural effect. There are many species of vines that I have worked with, but the ones that really stood out to me were the creeping Charlie or pothos vine, the butterfly vine, and the Algeria ivy.

I  spent a lot of time also in the plant nursery caring for these vines. Like other plants, vines also need their share of tender loving care.

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Roses Queen of Flowers

Simple Steps to Growing Roses

Roses are in my opinion the ‘queen of flowers’. It’s amazing how roses are used so widely especially on valentine’s day where we see them in great abundance as lovers express their love for each other by either buying a single rose or a rose arrangement. But whatever the occasion, these exotic flowers are loved by millions around the world. The story is told of a farmer’s wife who grew roses because of her love for them and the story goes on to say when asked about pruning her rose bushes she exclaimed that she would “rather chop off one of her chicken’s head than to cut a flower from her rose bush”. That is loving roses to the highest extremity.

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Learning about Biennials and Their Care

We will be looking at biennials in this article and how we can use them around our home gardens. Biennials are flowering plants that spend their first year putting forth leaves, stems, and roots. Then they go through a period of overwintering or they go into a dormant state, the second year these plants put forth or produce flowers. Like annuals and perennials, biennials can also give us our share of colors that we can add to our garden and landscapes.

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Container Gardening

Make sure to learn as much as possible about your plants to get full use of them. Read instructions and follow carefully or you can ask your nurseryman.

Here are a few names of biennials that will really brighten up your garden area.

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What are Perennials and how are they different from Annuals?

I am so glad you asked!

Whereas Annuals set seed, grow and flower within the same year, they also die within that same year.

Perennials, however, can live from year to year. Perennials are woody type plants compared to annuals which are considered to be succulents. Perennials can be kept nicely groom by pruning them. You can control their growth and the direction they grow in by using different pruning methods.

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How to Care for Annuals


Everything is painted with an array of colors. It’s so amazing to see the beauty that nature offers. Splashes of red here, splashes of pink there, splashes of white everywhere. Everything is alive just bursting with colors. Flowering plants can bring such beauty to our surroundings.

In this article, we will be looking at flowering plants in particular annuals. What are annuals? and why are some plants considered to be annuals? annuals are plants that set seed, grow,  blossom, and unfortunately, die in the same year. Yes, that’s right, after these beauties serve their purpose they go on to plant heaven.

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Starting A Compost Pile

Starting and Maintaining a Compost Pile successfully

When we think about growing quality fruits, vegetables, herbs, etc…. it depends in part on one thing and that is the type of soil that we use to grow them. The soil is so important to plant life because plant life depends on the soil in order to grow healthy giving us the results we’re looking for.

Garden compost

And a smart way to go about this is to create our own compost pile. Compost piles are created from natural products that we find right in our kitchens like portions of vegetable leftover from Sunday dinner or it may be that banana peel from the banana which you use to make a banana smoothie or yet again it may be that onion skin that you peeled from that onion to make a salad.

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Xeriscaping Gardens

Do you want a garden that is low maintenance, requires little watering and the pest problem is like nill? then xeriscape is the direction that you would want to head in. Also if you want to plant a garden but your concern is the increase in your water bill, then xeriscaping is the garden for you.

The advantage of this type of garden is water conservation but the disadvantage is there are only a certain variety of plants that meet this type of garden requirements. You may have to choose plants which you are not too happy about. Your selection must be plants that are drought tolerant or as we said a bit earlier, plants that require very little water.

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Plant Disease

Combating Plant Disease Signs to Look for

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Disease on garden plants

Apart from pest problems, another problem that arises at times is having to deal with plants that have become diseased. To the inexperienced, this can become confusing and frustrating.

In order for plant diseases to arise, there must be:

1. A susceptible host meaning there must first be a host plant present.

2. Next, there must be a pathogen. Pathogens are disease-carrying organisms such as bacteria and viruses.

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Interior Plantscape

Interior Plantscape Design and Maintenance

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I remember the days of working in a five-star hotel as an interior plant scape technician. We would spruce up many areas of the hotel that needed some tender loving care. By the time we left those areas, a total transformation had taken place. Those beautiful plants with their various sizes, colors, and shapes that were installed brought a whole different flavor to those areas.

So in this article, we will look at the many features of interior plant scape including how they can help us from a health perspective.

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Soil PH

Adjusting our Garden Soil for our Plants to Survive

What is soil ph and how does it relate to plant life?

Without a balanced soil ph, it would be impossible for plants to survive because soil ph greatly affects plant life.

Garden soil

All ph simply means is a percentage of hydrogen. There is alkaline soil and there are acidic soils. Both of these soil types affect plant growth and plant life.

Different types of plants require different soil types. Some plants love acidic soil while other plants prefer alkaline soil and still there are some that prefer more neutral soil.

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Creating A Lily Pond

Lily Ponds – added feature added flavor

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A lily pond

Lily ponds can add that special feature and flavor which can really lighten up your surroundings while also adding that touch of class and elegance. Lily ponds are one of my favorite additions to a home garden and will add that unique quality for those who want to go to the next level.

Watching your floating water lilies can be a wonderful past time as you enjoy the fruit of your labor.

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Creating a Garden in Small Spaces

Do you feel limited by the amount of space you have but desire to have a garden of your own? You may be living in an apartment building or a condo and there just isn’t enough space for a garden. Don’t give up on your dream of having your own garden, there is still hope.

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Plants in a window box

Container gardening is the recommended way to go. Growing plants in pots and containers on your porch or patio are one way you can optimize every square inch of space. Adding plants to the bedroom balcony or growing herbs on the kitchen counter just takes a little imagination and some creative thinking and the rest is history.

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Creating A Hummingbird Garden

Hummingbird garden construction

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Hummingbird resting

Like butterfly gardens, a hummingbird garden is no exception. Creating a garden to invite these small friends can be a wonderful and delightful experience for the homeowner. Special care should be taken though when creating this type of garden.

Planning your hummingbird garden

Thought and care should be our number one goal when seeking to plant a garden such as this.

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Creating a Butterfly Garden

Creating a butterfly garden

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Butterfly feeding

Bring your garden to life by making it a habitat for butterflies which will bring beauty and charm to your surroundings. Can you imagine your garden area being, filled with activity and excitement as you watch some of nature’s beauties in their natural habitat

So what does it takes to construct a butterfly garden?

Constructing a butterfly garden can be lots of fun not only for adults but it can also be a fun activity for kids as well as learn about the different features and plants that it takes to make our gardens inviting to our colorful friends.

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Creating a flower Garden

Tips to Create a Flower Garden

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Rainbow Flower Garden

One of the things that add beauty, color, and charm to many events is the floral arrangements that decorate these events. Can you imagine a wedding without flowers or Valentine’s Day without roses?

We use flowers to express our love, our appreciation, to express well wishes, and so on.

Flowers can also transform our surroundings whether indoors or outdoors. It can really give that touch of elegance. So with that being said, our focus will be on creating a flower garden that will not only add beauty or attract some wildlife but also cause your grounds to be the talk of the town.

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Foliar Feeding

How to Foliar Feed Garden Plants

Plants like humans require vitamins or nutrition in order to be healthy. One of the common ways that plants feed is from their roots because as we know plants take up nutrients along with water through their roots. But there is another way that plants can take in not only water but fertilizers and that is through their leaves. This method is called foliar feeding.

Another name for leaves is called plant foliage. So when you hear someone use this term, they are talking about plant leaves. In comparison to the pores of our skin, plants have pores in their leaves known as Stomata.

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Indoor Plant Fertilizers

Feeding our indoor plants

In order for indoor plants to keep their illustrious color, they must be fed with the right type and the right amount of fertilizer.

Because these plants are in an enclosed or controlled environment, they depend on us to ensure that their nutritional requirements are met.Indoor plant-house-plant-food

Over the years I have worked with indoor plants and have seen what can happen if these requirements are not met. One of the most common signs is that they lose their shine.

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Slow Release Or Control Release Fertilizer

Understanding Slow-Release Fertilizers

Slow-release fertilizers are the total opposite of quick-release fertilizers, in that these types of fertilizers release their components very slowly, which means that plants can get the full benefits from this kind of fertilizer.

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Garden plants

Slow-release fertilizers are broken down over a period of time with heat and moisture, unlike quick release fertilizers. Slow-release fertilizers are considered to be safe because of their slow-release, they will not burn plants.

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Quick Release Fertilizers

Understanding Quick-Release Fertilizers

Quick-release fertilizers are powdered fertilizers that you mix with water according to the manufacturer’s label. These fertilizers are also known as water-soluble fertilizers. The reason that they are called quick-release fertilizers is because of their availability to plant life. In other words, once they are applied to plants, they are taken up right away.


Care must be taken however because if applied too heavily, these fertilizers can cause the plant to burn. Fertilizers are salts and when applied too heavy or in the wrong amounts, the excess salt gathers around the plant root zone and pulls water away from the plant. So instead of the plant taking in water, the reverse happens.

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