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Hydroponic gardening tips | Must have supplies for indoor gardening

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hydroponic gardening tips | Must have supplies for indoor gardening

Hydroponic gardening is becoming a popular activity in today’s world. You can grow your plants in a limited space and still have them achieving their full potential. However, you have to know exactly what your plants need at any time. If you’re thinking of starting such a business, then here are some of the supplies and tools you need to have for a successful project. PH test kits These are perhaps the most important supplies you’ll have to get from your nearest hydroponic store. Testing the pH of the solution is monumental because it’s what determines how well the plants would utilise the nutrients. Most plants thrive best in a slightly acidic environment, but this can vary depending on the plant. Having pH test kits enables you to adjust the pH of the solution accordingly. You could even have an electronic pH meter or a pH drop kit. Electronic testers can give you more accurate and easier to read results. However, they are expensive. PH drop kits are cheaper and can still tell you the pH. Watering system The watering system also needs to be up to the task. Have a water purification system in your setup. Purifying the water gets rid of compounds such as chlorine that may be bad for your plants. A TDS meter could help you know the amount of dissolved minerals in the water. You could go for a watering system that gets water directly to the roots of the plants. Some watering systems also have a heating elements to keep the temperatures at optimum levels. A pump timer is a good addition to a watering system as well. A timer cuts off the water supply after a specified time frame to keep the plants watered but prevent you from using too much water. Heater and air pump The heater and air pump take care of the roots. The best part about hydroponic systems is that the roots use less energy ‘mining’ for nutrients from the soil and spend that energy above the ground growing. However, to keep the productivity high, the roots need to get exactly what they need. The temperatures should always be at their optimum. Once they get too high, the roots start struggling to survive, and the plant suffers from heat stress. An aquarium air pump can go a long way in aerating the solution. Also, add an air stone for extra oxygen for the...

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Tips for Successfully Using a Rented Skip Bin

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Successfully Using a Rented Skip Bin

Most people will rent a skip bin when they’re ready to tackle a major home improvement project or renovating job, or even when they want to give their home a thorough spring cleaning. A bin can mean keeping your property clean and not risking damage to your truck or other vehicle when hauling debris to the dump yourself. Before using a bin hire, you might want to note a few simple considerations. This will ensure you’re ready to use it safely and properly. 1. Separate recyclable materials If you’re very eco-conscious, first separate recyclable materials from other materials before you put them in the bin. Many bin rental places also have separate containers for recyclable items, and it’s good to ask about what can be put in those. You may be surprised to find out that materials like roofing tiles and shingles, concrete, paver stones, and even appliances can be recycled. By asking for a separate bin and getting a list of things that can be put in the recyclable bin, you can keep these items out of landfills. 2. Don’t put the bin too close to your home You want a bin to be within easy reach when you’re cleaning out your home, but a common mistake for homeowners is to put it too close to the home. This can cause damage when someone tries to toss something in the bin and it hits the house instead, or winds up in your landscaping features. It’s especially important to note this when people will be tossing things off the roof or from a second story window to the bin. It’s often good to rent a chute with your bin so that you hook this to the roof or window and connect it to the bin, for easier and cleaner disposal of your items. 3. Use tarps No matter where you place your bin, you’ll still have some mess around the bin itself. It’s good to get oversized tarps and put these down in the area so that you protect your lawn and your landscaping. If you cannot rent tarps with the bin, you can easily find them at any hardware store or home improvement center. Get thick tarps that won’t easily rip when you wheel the bin over it or when you toss out your debris. Once the job is done you can then roll the bin off the tarp, have a friend help you lift up the corners of the tarp and empty any caught debris in the...

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Tips for Ensuring That Newly Installed Lawn Turf Becomes Healthy and Strong

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Ensuring That Newly Installed Lawn Turf Becomes Healthy and Strong

A new lawn turf can easily fill in bare spots on your lawn or take the place of an entire lawn itself, if you want something green and lush without having to wait for grass seed to grow. When you install new turf lawn you need to ensure your care for it properly so it doesn’t get damaged before it has a chance to take root, as a newly installed turf lawn is not like a lawn that has had time to grow strong roots. Note the following tips. 1. Watering versus overwatering Many lawn care experts advise that you water your new turf lawn twice per day after its installed, but avoid overwatering. How do you know how much water is too much, especially if you’re supposed to water the turf twice per day? The best thing you can do is pull up a small corner of the turf and inspect the soil, or use a spade to dig up a small part of the turf lawn and note the soil underneath. If the soil seems muddy or saturated, you’re overwatering the turf lawn. Don’t stop watering your new lawn twice per day, but simply reduce the amount of time you spend with each watering. If the soil seems dark and moist, then you’re watering it just enough. 2. Weed control products Weeds will pop up in a new turf lawn on occasion, since their seeds are easily scattered in the wind or may be dormant but present in the soil. Avoid any weed control products until your turf lawn has taken firm root in the soil, otherwise you may simply kill the lawn along with the weeds. You can tell if the turf lawn has taken root by trying to pull up a corner of it; if it won’t come up or if you need to pull up roots along with the turf, then the roots have taken hold of the soil and you can apply weed control products as needed. This applies to pest control products as well. 3. Feeding Always use lawn feed that is meant for new turf when you first feed the lawn, as products meant for lawn that has already taken root can be too strong for the delicate grass blades and may cause them damage. You also want to follow the instructions carefully; don’t assume that if one feeding is good then more will be better, as you may simply damage the soil underneath the turf and in turn, choke the roots as they try to take hold. For tips or supplies,contact companies like A View...

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3 Types of Lawn Mowers & Their Specialties

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Since its invention in 1830, the lawn mower has essentially become a necessity for the majority of homeowners all over the world. Over this time, the lawn mower market has increased greatly, which has led to mowers becoming not only much more efficient in many ways, but also specialised and designed for different budgets. So, what are some of these different designs, and what are some of their specialties? Non-Mechanized Reel Push Mowers Being the first patented lawn mower design, the non-mechanized reel push mower is very simple, yet rather efficient. The common push mower is inexpensive, has relatively few moving parts, and requires no fuel, as it is powered completely by the force of its operator, who need only push it in front of them whilst walking. So, if you don’t mind a bit of exercise, have a small to medium-sized lawn, and would rather not spend too much on a mower, then you should certainly consider purchasing a non-mechanized push mower. Rotary Push Mowers Likely being the most common mower in Australia, the rotary push mower is great for those who would prefer a motorised blade to do the grass-cutting. Though commonly much more expensive than their non-mechanised cousins, rotary push mowers are quite a bit more time-efficient, and will typically leave a better-cut lawn, due primarily to their more advanced and powerful blade systems. You should consider a rotary push mower if you have a small to large-sized lawn, a bit of spending money, and enough patience to walk up and down you lawn every week or so. Ride-on Mowers Ride-on mowers are commonly seen as top-of-the-range mowers, and not without reason. Though much more expensive than most other mowers, the ride-on mower comes with many perks over its cousins, making them certainly worth the price to some. Ride-on mowers hold an up-scaled rotary blade system, often with many different grass-cutting settings, so they can get the job done both much faster and with more precision than most other forms of mower. The seat and steering systems of the ride-on mower also make the mowing experience more of a drive through a field than a chore. Ride on mowers are almost always the best option for those with large budgets, medium to large sized lawns, and little patience for physical labour. So, if you’re looking for a mower for your new lawn, or simply want to replace an old mower, consult with suppliers like Mower...

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Creating A Container Herb Garden On A Shoestring

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you interested in starting your own kitchen garden? Growing herbs on your windowsill, balcony or patio is a great place to start, as they are quick and easy to grow. Growing your own herbs can be cheaper than buying potted or cut herbs, and they come with the added satisfaction of eating something you’ve grown yourself. Here are a few suggestions for starting your own herb garden when you’re on a tight budget: Pots And Soil Buying pots and soil from your local garden centre can be expensive, but you can often get these supplies from an online shop for a fraction of the cost. So, don’t let the initial outlay deter you from starting your own herb garden. Once you’ve got hold of a few cheap pots, have a chat with your green-fingered neighbours or friends. They may have some topsoil available and will likely be glad to have someone take it off their hands. Topsoil is often discarded when a gardener digs a new plot as they add compost to the existing soil and have no need for the leftover topsoil. If you can get some free topsoil, you’ll be able to save on costs by buying a small bag of compost or manure and mixing one part compost with one part topsoil to create a nutrient-rich potting mix. Seeds And Cuttings Seeds often come in packs of several hundred, so instead of buying a dozen different kinds of seeds, consider hosting a seed swap party with other keen gardeners. You’ll be able to secure a greater variety of seeds without blowing your budget. Another budget-friendly way to get your herb garden started is by taking cuttings from existing plants. Many herbs, including rosemary, mint, sage, and basil, grow well from cuttings that are at least 12cm long. You can obtain cuttings from an existing store-bought plant if you have one or ask a green-fingered friend. Gardeners are often happy to share with other gardening enthusiasts. To establish a root system on a cutting, simply place it in a glass of cold water by a sunny windowsill and change the water each day to keep bacteria at bay. Roots will start to appear within a few days, and the cutting should be planted in soil when the roots reach 1-2cm in length. Choosing Your Herbs When you’re just starting out, the last thing you want to do is spend money on herb seeds that never seem to grow. Some herbs are easier to grow than others, so consider these three hardy varieties: Rosemary – This bittersweet herb is delicious with lamb or added to focaccia. Lemon Verbena – Use this citrusy herb to liven up green salads. Mint – Make your own mint tea or Tabbouleh. As you can see, starting your own herb garden doesn’t have to be expensive. For more information, contact a business such as Wentworth Falls...

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