What is Wandering Jew? Wandering jew is a succulent creeping plant native to South America. It is popular in gardens as a groundcover and establishes easily in moist, shady areas. Wandering jew has become a major environmental weed in subtropical and temperate rainforests, particularly along streams and gullies where it spreads quickly and out-competes other […]
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Rose pruning: shrub roses Rose pruning ensures that plants grow vigorously and flower well each year. There is great diversity among shrub roses but most require only light pruning. Many flower just once in summer and will bloom freely for years with little formal pruning. Such plants fall into RHS Pruning groups 20-23. Suitable for… […]
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The best shrubs for privacy grow densely, require little maintenance and block a view completely. There are two kinds of privacy shrubs – those that are evergreen and those that are deciduous and lose their leaves each fall. Decide which type will work best for your yard. Some privacy hedges grow very fast, while others […]
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Make your pruning cuts at a 45-degree angle, about 1/4 inch above a leaf axle with a dormant eye. Choose an eye on the outside of the cane and slope the cut down and away on the opposite side. This allows excess natural sap to rise and seal the cut without interfering with the developing […]
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By following a few simple tips, it is absolutely possible to have a healthy, green natural lawn throughout the year. In the driest state of the driest inhabited continent in the middle of a drought? No problem. We will look at the following four key areas. Water Soil Fertiliser Obviously water is an absolute must […]
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When to Feed the Grass A seasonal approach is best as this fits in with the growth pattern and varying demands of the grass throughout the year. Spring Lawn Feed Feed Being flexible and using a little common sense is the order of the day when using lawn care products. Plan to apply the spring […]
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Clean Your Gutters Gutters are part of your roofing system and they require regular maintenance to keep your home looking nice—and to help prevent damage from the elements. By directing rainwater away from the perimeter of your home, gutters are the first line of defense against water seeping into your house. So if your gutters […]
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Now is the best time to prune your fruit trees and here is how to do it in three simple steps. Within a few years of lovingly planting fruit trees, most folks find themselves with scraggly overgrown bushes, rather than the Garden of Eden they had envisioned. The key to keeping fruit trees attractive and […]
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No matter how hard one tries, it’s tough to transform the topic of fertilizers into lively con­ver­­sation. But for all gardeners, knowledge of fertilizers and how to apply them effectively is as crucial to vigorous plant growth as knowing a plant’s har­diness zones. So in the interest of growing healthy plants, what follows is a […]
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Maintaining your citrus tree’s health and controlling insect pests can reduce the impact of leaf and twig diseases. Citrus trees are prized by home gardeners for their attractive green foliage and juicy fruit. A certain amount of dead wood is natural for a healthy citrus tree, and occasional, selective pruning can remove this wood and […]
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