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July 2018

Landscaping Your Garden: Designing Your Personal Paradise in Your Backyard

Landscaping your garden is very similar to the painting of a picture. Your art teacher has undoubtedly told you that a good painting should have a point of focus, and the rest of the painting merely enhances beautifully the main focus, or to create a perfect setting for it. So when you landscape your garden you must think in the way of what the entire focus of the painting is, and how you see it when it will become whole.

From this exercise we should be able to see into part of the workings of landscape gardening.

Firstly let’s start with the lawn. A good expanse of clear lawn area is always nice to look at. It is peaceful. It gives the feel of openness to smaller areas as well. So we might reason and state that it is good to have open lawn areas. If you fill this lawn area with a lot of trees, with small flower plots spread around, the normal look will be jerky and busy. It can be somewhat likened to a dressed up person. The lawns lose all identity if treated in this way. A sole tree or a little group can be a good placement on the lawn. Try not to center the trees or group. Let them fade somewhat into the background. Make a pretty side area with them. In selecting trees you should bear in mind a few items. You shouldn’t select an overwhelming type of tree; the tree should have an even shape, with good features in bark, leaves, flowers or fruit. Though the poplar is fast to grow, it loses its foliage early and so will remain, naked and stark, before the autumn is through. However, there are areas where a row or two of Lombardy poplars can be very useful. But you will most likely concur that a single poplar is not. The catalpa is very beautiful on its own. Its foliage is wide, its flowers pretty, the seed kernels which attach to the tree until long into the winter, give a bit of picturesqueness. The bright fruit of the ash, the glorious leaves of the sugar maple, the blooms of the tulip tree, the bark of the white birch, and the foliage of the copper beech can all be given consideration.

Position can be a consideration in choosing a tree. Say the lower area of the lawn is a bit low and wet, then that area is perfect for a willow. Do not place trees in a group which look awkward. A tall-looking poplar won’t go well with a good quite round small tulip tree. A juniper, so tidy and dainty, would look strange next to a broad chestnut. You must have symmetry and usefulness in mind.

You should never think of planting a collection of evergreens near to a dwelling, or in the front yard. The picture would look very grim indeed. Dwellings that are enclosed are overborne by these trees and are not only grim to reside in, but very unhealthy. The first requirement inside a dwelling is sun-light and lots of it.

Green agriculture – a contemporary Approach to Organic agriculture

Each and each day, giant quantities of nephrotoxic chemicals area unit poured into the soil of countless backyards round the world. By whom? By countless un-informed, unsuspecting, ill-informed and affirmative, even uncaring curtilage gardeners. How? By growing plants in home gardens. additional specifically, by mistreatment commercially factory-made, chemical and organic fertilizers to reinforce the expansion of plants in home gardens.

Gardening has always been a popular backyard activity and its appeal has increased dramatically in recent years. This increase in the number of home gardens is unfortunately, accompanied by an increase in the use of commercially manufactured fertilizers and the needless wasting of millions of gallons of water.

Yes, most of the environmental threat still comes from the large commercial gardeners, but an increasingly significant portion of it is coming from personal, home gardens. And that means that you can reverse this trend and make a positive difference by changing your current gardening practices.

Many of the commercial gardeners are doing it, and you can use the same tactics to help your own garden, and reduce its impact on the environment.

Reduce your use of commercial fertilizers

Before you apply any fertilizers to your garden, or your yard, you should test your soil. A soil test, even a basic one, will tell you which nutrients are present in your soil, and at what level. A basic soil test will also tell you the acidity level of your soil. This is important because even though a particular nutrient is present in your soil, it may be unavailable to your plants if your soil pH is outside a certain range.

You can perform this test on your own by purchasing and using one of the inexpensive testing kits available online, or locally at most lawn and garden centers. You can also use the services of your county extension office to get your soil tested. This will usually result in a more detailed analysis of your soil, and some specific recommendations for adjusting and improving your soils condition.

Read and follow your fertilizer product instructions and recommendations

Knowing how much fertilizer to apply and when to apply it is important information for you to consider. In fact, it is essential that you read and follow the manufacturers recommendations for the amount needed and the appropriate timing of your fertilizer applications.

Applying too much fertilizer, the wrong formulation of fertilizer, or applying fertilizer at the wrong time can cause serious health risks to you and your plants, and create an additional burden on our already overburdened environment.

Avoid unnecessary watering

One effect of the misuse or misapplication of commercial fertilizers is plant dehydration. In an attempt to remedy this effect, many home gardeners over-water their gardens. This is wasted water, and it is unhealthy water, for both you and the environment.

Unfortunately, water is not an an antidote for fertilizer-poisoned plants. Water will not make your plants healthy again, some may even die. Those that live will not produce, or will produce a product full of chemical or nutrient toxins. And that is not good for you or the environment.

Where does all the excess water go? It goes into the soil and eventually into the groundwater, and with it goes a majority of the fertilizer residue containing those same chemical and nutrient toxins. From the groundwater system, it will make its way to the creeks, streams, rivers and lakes, and poison you and all of the other marine, plant and animal life on the planet.

Practice green gardening; protect yourself, your plants and the environment

Green gardening is a modern approach to organic gardening. It effectively combines the “natural” elements of organic gardening with the “conserve and replenish” elements of the green movement.

To that end, green gardening uses more naturally created, organic materials in place of commercially manufactured, chemical and organic fertilizers to foster healthy plant development and growth.

Naturally created, organic materials such as home-made, or home-grown compost and mulch add nutrients to soil in a more natural way and over a more relaxed and beneficial time frame. Liberal amounts of natural, organic compost and mulch applied on top of your garden soil and around plants helps to conserve water by retaining moisture in the soil and promotes a healthy environment for beneficial insects and microbes.

Since the chemicals and nutrients produced are used and replenished in a more natural cycle, there is virtually no risk of them accumulating to toxic levels. And therefore, little or no risk to you, your plants or the environment. Green gardening really is a modern approach to organic gardening!