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Awaken Your Garden: 9 Essential Spring Gardening Tips

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>Spring began on March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere. But it is only recently that we have begun to see spring weather roll in for the northernmost parts of the U.S.

Now that the sun is out and shining, and winter storms are becoming a thing of the past, it’s time to replant your favorite flowers and vegetables to enjoy all summer long!

But if you’re new to gardening, you may not know where to start. That’s why we put together these helpful spring gardening tips.

Read on to learn more!

1. Prep Your Beds for Rising Plants

For your plants to be able to break through the soil that has been compressed all winter, you will need to clear away all the debris of plant matter that is on the top of your lawn.

You can use this plant material to start your compost pile for the year. A well-maintained compost pile can help provide your lawn and garden with the chemicals and bacteria it needs to flourish.

Make sure you rotate your compost pile regularly to allow air and water to circulate as the material decomposes. You can also add leftovers from your meals in the kitchen and your coffee grounds to the pile for a healthy natural fertilizer.

2. Start Some Seeds Indoors

When you want to start a garden, you need to make sure that you are planting healthy plants that will have a good shot at growing.

One of the best ways to ensure your seeds survive is to start them indoors before moving them outside for better sun. That way, they will be protected from the harshest weather in early spring.

3. Decide What Veggies You Will Plant

Early in the spring, you will want to plant your cool season vegetables like peas, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cabbages, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbages, and other greens.

Select the veggies that you want to grow early in the season so that they have a chance to produce as much as possible.

4. Prune Your Trees and Shrubs

Before you start pruning away, make sure you take care with your spring flowering shrubs not to eliminate last year’s growth. They should only be pruned after they bloom.

Other trees and shrubs in your yard should be pruned of all broken, crossing, dead, or diseased parts of the plant. Try to help the plants maintain their natural shape and only remove up to one-third of the plant material if you want it to flourish.

To do the best job at pruning, you will need the right tools. Purchase pruning shears, loppers, and a hand saw to have everything you need.

5. Put Plants in Window Boxes

Planting window boxes is a great way to add a dash of color and some curb appeal to the front of your home.

Make sure you select flower choices that will do well with the amount of sun they will get where you place them. You should also choose plants that all need the same amount of water so that you don’t have to worry about overwatering some of them.

To ensure your window box plants do their best, make sure you use a potting soil mix and that the planters have a wide variety of different leave sizes, colors, and growth habits.

6. Perform Soil Tests

There are several different kinds of soil tests available on the market to help you ensure your yard is ready for planting. But the most important one is the pH test.

By testing your soil pH, you can find out what it needs to be able to grow plants healthily.

7. Clean Your Deck and Rugs

One of the first warm days of spring should be spent cleaning up your outdoor area. You can perform tasks like power-washing your deck, cleaning your rugs, and prepping your grill for the season.

Some people like to rent a pressure washer to get rid of all the dirt and grime left behind after a long winter.

8. Service Your Lawnmower

Many people will need to service their lawnmowers before they are able to use them for spring.

Start by cleaning out the blade and getting it sharpened it necessary. You may also need to swap out the air filter and spark plugs. Finally, you will need to change the oil and fill it with gas before giving your yard its first mow of the year.

Before your first mow, you may want to apply a layer of fertilizer to your grass to ensure your lawn looks its best. Make sure you search for a fertilizer specifically designed to care for the condition your lawn is in.

9. Add-In a Hot Tub

One of the best times of year to sit in a hot tub is in the spring. Where better to do it than in the midst of your own private garden?

All you have to do is a little research to figure out what kind of hot tub you can afford in your price range. Check out these hot tub reviews for the best suggestions.

We’ve Got More Spring Gardening Tips!

Learning how to take care of the plants you want in your yard is the only way to maintain the home of your dreams. Take your gardening work seriously and put in the effort to ensure your plants flourish.

But even if you do everything suggested in this article, you may still have some plants that are suffering and need help.

Check out our gardening guides for additional spring gardening tips and much more!

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Protect your Garden from Chickens

How to Protect your Garden from Chickens

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Last summer, I had a terrible experience with my lovely chicken and vegetable garden. Turning all the chicken into a savory soup crossed my mind.

Would you like to know why?

I’m new at home gardening. I planted my favorite vegetables, herbs, spices and fruit trees. I also had a few chickens that I reared free range in my backyard.

In a matter of hours, the chicken decimated my healthy vegetable garden. It hurt me to the core. It is an experience I would not like any gardener to experience.

The thought of eliminating all the chicken for the sake of my garden crossed my mind. But, I loved my hens as well. So, I had to find ways to ensure there is peaceful coexistence between the chicken and the garden.

Finally, I can share with you some valuable tips on how to protect your garden from chicken.

Why Are Chickens So Dangerous to Gardens?

Chicken scratch the ground in search of bugs

Chickens, especially those reared using the free-range method, scratch the ground in search of bugs. While doing this, they can expose seedlings and interfere with mulched pathways.

Not surprisingly, the birds prefer plant roots. The mulch retains water at the roots of the plants attracting bugs. The aggressive scratching can disrupt tender plants and wreak havoc in your garden.

Ways to Protect To Chicken-Proof Your Garden

Happy coexistence between your garden and chickens means a lot. You can enjoy eggs for breakfast and have an organic vegetable for dinner. It all boils down to proper planning.

Here are the methods I use to protect my tender plants from chickens.

Chicken Proofing Method One – Plants In, Chicken Out.

Fencing Does the Trick

This is the easiest method to deter chicken from attacking plants. The most uncomplicated and most inexpensive fence is one that uses chicken wire and support.

You can either protect a specific plant or the entire garden. In the case of a particular plant, insert a tomato cage around the plant. Alternatively, drive two to four stakes around the plant.

You can then wrap the chicken wire around the cage or stakes. Weave the stakes into the mesh vertically to secure them in place. Make the structure go only 15 to 30 centimeters high. That height is sufficient to keep most chicken out.

Chickens Don’t Like Strange Things under Their Feet

I use this method to protect my recently sown seeds or seedlings. It is as easy as spreading a broad wire cloth over the whole patch of the ground. I realized that chickens hate the feeling of wire under their feet.

I bought a wire deer netting with tiny holes. What followed was a broad sheet of that wire netting over the area I desired to protect. I then secured the edges of the sheet at size points to prevent it from lifting off.

I learned an alternative to my method. You can buy wire hardware cloth. Cut out a rectangular area that is large enough to cover your seedbed or seedlings. You can then cut a small square at each of the four corners of the triangle.

Bend the edges of each of the corners of the squares. This will create perpendicular legs on which your wire cloth will stand. Place the resulting improvised wire box over the garden area you wish to protect. Chickens will not set foot on your seeds or seedlings.

Containers Intimidate Chicken 

Chickens can fly, but they know it requires extra effort. They will not bother plants on container because of the extra energy they need to reach there. Well, you can’t grow every plant on a container. You can use containers to protect a few plants that are sensitive to any disturbances.

I had a cockerel that was so aggressive. So, it forced me to take a few extra steps even with the containers to keep him off. Once I grew the plant, I placed the container on top of my deck to intimidate the cockerel. You can even set the pot with the tender plant on your porch for additional protection.

Chicken-Proofing Method Two: Keep Your Distance Please 

Another way to deter chicken from destroying your garden is by scaring them away. You can achieve this in several ways.

A Garden Hose – A First Line of Defense 

You can hand them a quick spray with water using your regular garden hose. It is essential you keep the pressure of the water low so as not to hurt your birds.

You will need a certain level of consistency and determination. Chickens are naughty or merely forgetful. They will return soon after the first spray you give them. But chickens learn through conditioning. Soon they will begin to associate your garden with the water and avoid it altogether.

At times it is difficult to be present all the time to spray the birds with water whenever they wander into your garden. Installing a motion-activated water-sprinkler would be wise. It will do well in repelling the chicken when you aren’t available.

Unappealing Herbs – Chickens Will Hate You for This             

You can grow unappealing herbs. I learned that chicken finds some herbs repugnant. So, I planted these species to form a perimeter around the appealing plants. The smell of unpleasant herbs manages to ward off the chicken from the delicate plants.

Examples of unappealing herbs include lemon balm, oregano, lavender, mint, chamomile, marjoram, and sweet wood-ruff.

Established perennials are deeply and firmly rooted to the ground. Chickens will find it difficult to scratch them even if curiosity gets the best of them. You can also transplant established perennials from seeds or seedlings. Such perennials are capable of withstanding the damaging effects of determined chickens.

Pungent Spices – Oh it’s Awful 

Chickens hate the odor of some spices. They will tend to avoid places that reek of such spices. Examples of spices that your birds will find abominable are garlic, paprika, curry powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.

If the birds wander into a ground-covered by any of the spices or a blend of two or more, the spice will coat their legs. This will create a burning sensation much to the dread of the birds.

Can the burning sensation hurt them? It’s good to ask since the life of the poultry is a concern. The feeling is unpleasant, not harmful. The birds will flee from your garden never to return.

Scattering lemon peels or spraying lemon juice around your vegetable yard could deter your biddies. Most chickens hate the smell of lemon and will stay as far away as possible from where they encounter such odor. If they peck the lemon peel, the sour taste will also repel them.

Chicken-Proofing Method 3: Come Over Here Please

“A neighbor’s grass is always greener” is a common adage in the English language. Well, you can use this wisdom to protect your garden from the destructive chickens. It involves inviting your birds elsewhere. Here are some ways:

Lure Your Chicken with Bare Patches 

Bare patches on the ground are a haven for chicken. The trick is to keep the field of your garden densely crowded with plants but then have a separate bare ground in view. Most chickens will not bother with the covered ground but will get attracted to the bare ground.

The chicken will use the bare ground for a dust bath. They will also poke and scratch the ground for bugs. A great idea is to sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the open field to discourage chicken mite.

A Separate Garden for Your Birds 

Repelling your hens from attacking your garden could mean you plant another garden just for them. The chicken garden should have low-growing trees, and bushes to shelter them the sun and predators.

Try to fill the chicken garden with appealing and healthy edible bushes for them to find something to nibble on. Examples include blueberry and elderberry bushes. I find the use of edibles in my chicken bush rewarding because the cost of feeding the birds is significantly reduced.

Wrapping It Up

Finally, you can enjoy a peaceful coexistence between your lovely birds and your garden. While each of the methods can work individually, I can guarantee you greater levels of success if you use a combination of two or more ways. Some chickens are so determined to finish what they started. You may not deter them when you do it once. So, some level of consistency is necessary if you must succeed in protecting your garden from chickens. Only this way can you get an optimal reward from your garden and your poultry.

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Garden Design Trends of 2022

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We’re at the start of a new year and with it comes a new set of trends for your lawn and garden. Trends are influenced through innovation and efficiency. Experts are always experimenting and implementing lawn and garden ideas that better sustain structure while providing a cosmetically perfect landscape.

Effective Drainage Solutions is Essential

Drainage systems will forever be the trend that continues even after 2022 and into 2023. Effective landscape drainage keeps the appropriate amount of moisture in your garden while draining all the excess water away. French Drain systems are the nuts and bolts to most drainage systems in gardens, lawns, and patios.

Another option to improving drainage efficiency is trench drains. Trench drains usually rest at the edge of pathways, patios, and even gardens. Landscape professionals use them in combination with French Drain systems as well. If you’re aiming for landscape cosmetics, consider digging a trench drain made of large river rock or gravel rock (spalls). These trenches provide a natural look that blends into the culture of the landscape while ensuring no standing water can damage your garden.

Using Greenery

You can never go wrong with installing something green in your garden beds. Evergreen shrubs and small trees will color your garden throughout the year.

  • Mondo Grass – These plants are usually installed as a border on the edge of garden beds or a ground cover to absorb a deluge of water. Mondo Grass is great for rain gardens and pathways. They do require maintenance due to their rapidly spreading roots. Be prepared to remove them from areas where you don’t need them.
  • Boxwoods – Like the grasses, boxwoods can serve as borders as well. Landscapers will plant them in proximity of each other. Overtime, their small branches will connect to neighboring shrubs which eventually create one large hedge. Or you can spread them out. Introduce boxwoods to annuals and perennials to keep color in the gardens all year.

Hop Poles in a Garden

Hop trellis designs are common among those that farm their own food or food for the masses, but you can use hop poles like any trellis you buy from home improvement retailers. Twine any vine around garden wire to influence the plants to grow in spaces between neighboring hop poles. As vines (blooming vine, fruit, or vegetable) grow, allow them to hang. The natural, hanging garden expresses an exotic design to decks, pergolas, and trellis.

Stone Pathways: Constructed and Loose

Pathways all depend on your budget. Constructed stone pathways, such as the kind you see with specialized brick or spalls, are long lasting. Pressure wash constructed pathways every year to keep grime from deteriorating the surface of constructed pathways. Loose stone or rock pathways are more cost efficient. They require less labor but requires the same amount of precision to make a leveled pathway. Loose stone pathways wash away overtime and need to be replenished with fresh stone or pebbles every six months or so.

Prepare the Gardens for Next Season

As you plan to install plants for the next season, prepare your garden beds. You can do this with various methods.

  • Extract Leaves – If you live in an area where an abundant of trees are, prepare to manage the leaves that fall. Throughout the Fall and Winter, extract these leaves to keep your garden bed clear. Extracting leaves can deter bothersome insects like ticks and mosquitos.
  • Mulch Leaves – Leaves in shaded areas can fight off weeds. Mulch them up with lawn mower and spread them around the garden beds.
  • Soil Testing – Have your soil tested. Minerals from rain and other plants can cause different reactions to the soil bringing forth fungi and bacteria that disrupts the pH balance of the soil. In addition, do the same for your lawn.

Implementing the Trends

For enthusiasts and homeowners, consult landscape professionals for constructing brick and spall pathways. Get the advice of your local nursery to see what plants go well with hop poles. Also, vine harvesting farmers are familiar with hop poles and how to use them in any garden.

Take advantage of native plants. See what green plants are versatile in your local area. Local plants fend off harsh weather conditions and survive flood waters better. And of course, don’t forget an effective drainage system. You don’t want your garden beds to saturated with water.

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How to Plan a Perfect Garden Layout

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In some areas of the world, the snow is starting to fall while in another Spring has sprung. Still, no matter what time of year it is in your backyard, it’s never too early to start planning a garden. There are certain things you need to figure out before you just start planting vegetation willy-nilly. Here are some tips on how to plan the perfect garden for your backyard.

What You Want vs What You Can Grow

We would all love to have an acre or so to play with where we had rows of every vegetable we’ve ever loved but the reality is, where you live greatly dictates what you are going to be able to plant in your garden. You may want corn, but if you have a small backyard, you might have to skip it for space availability and not to mention the shade it will generate from other sun-loving plants.

19' 11" x 9' 11" Garden plan

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Know what you want and make sure you have the space, the weather, and the sun availability for that kind of vegetable, herb, or flower. Don’t forget to find out the way your choices interact with each other. This helps when you decide where to place each plant or seedling.

Sketch It

You don’t have to be a professional artist with a Copic marker sketchbook to do this part. However, if you are adept with this, your sketch can be as detailed as you want it to be and maybe sell it to a collector someday. But if you are an average artist like the rest of us, grab some paper and a pen and draw out your space.

Get the measurements and write it down on that paper. When you start assigning spaces for your choices, be sure to leave enough space around them to grow. Most plants require a specific amount of space to grow into so make sure to take that into consideration when you are sketching out your garden. When in doubt, leave a little more room.

Get What You Need

Now that you know what you want, and you made a map of your garden area, it’s time to get supplies. If you are a beginner, then you might need to pick up some tools like a hand shovel, gardening gloves, tiller, hand saw and Sprayer. Your knees can become very sore when bent over a backyard garden so consider investing in a nice cushion meant to be knelt upon.

Plant Your Garden

Now you can start. You have your plants, soil, tools, old clothes, space, and time to put your garden into place. Be sure to plant all your purchases soon after you bring them home. Plants can become damaged if left out of the ground or a container with new soil for too long.

Things to Consider Before Starting

There are some more things that are important to think about before you decide what you will be putting in your garden. Here are some we think are essential.

Size

As we mentioned earlier, what space you have available is probably the most important factor when it comes planning a garden. We used corn as an example earlier, but let’s consider another vegetable, the potato. This hearty tuber is a staple in a lot of households and would be nice if we could just pop out to the backyard and dig some up.

But they need a foot of space on each side of the plant and nearly three feet between rows. So, this wouldn’t be a great choice if your space is limited. Plants that work well in small spaces include lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, pole beans, chard, eggplant, and zucchini.

Shade

Some plants, like tomatoes, require a lot of sunlight. Other plants, like spinach and chard, need shade. Consider this when planning. If you are using a spot that has full sunlight but a lot of space, then growing some larger plants like the corn or sunflowers could provide shade to other vegetables for a part of the day.

Water

Your vegetation will not do well if they don’t have access to water daily. Unless you are a fan of hauling buckets, make sure you plant close to your water source and somewhere near your kitchen. This way you always have water access.

Ideally, you will have a hose and a sprinkling system, but if not, there are some DIY ways to create a simple irrigation system for your garden.

Seeds or Seedlings?

You can either get a packet of seeds and start them out in your home, but this requires at least two weeks and additional planning. Or you can go to the nearest nursery and purchase starter plants that go directly into your garden. If you wonder why anyone would want to start seeds if seedlings are less work, just keep reading.

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Organic or Not Organic?

Answers to your question. Do you want to go through all the trouble of planting a food source for yourself and your family only to fill it with chemicals that will eventually go into your body? There are natural ways to repel pests like insects, rabbits, deer, opossums, raccoons, and any other animal that might find their way to your garden.

But, organic doesn’t start there. It starts when you purchase your plants. If you purchase seedlings, then you need to be sure they are coming from an organic farmer. Or you can get organic seeds and start the process yourself.

Conclusion

The reasons why everyone should have a garden goes much deeper than just having a sustainable food source at your disposal. Planting and working in a garden relieves stress, helps with depression and anxiety, burn those unwanted calories, and just makes you feel good. Reconnecting with the Earth is an amazing experience that everyone should have access to.

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12 incredibly easy ways to prepare your garden for winter

12 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Winter


The cold conditions associated winter months can devastate your garden plants. Shrubs and perennials can suffer and diseases may spread to annihilate your garden. Besides, you cannot give your best to the garden due to the chills and rains common during winter. Only by preparing adequately can you get your garden through winter so that it blossoms and looks better during spring. Here are 12 ways to prepare your garden for winter.

1. Leave Your Plants Alone

Leave the vegetables and flowers in your garden in place to die back on their own just like it happens in nature.  The leaves and stems of the dead plants cover the soil. As plants decompose, nutrients will return to the soil and their root systems. The improved soil fertility makes the garden ready for spring. Do this only if you do not care about aesthetics.

2. Clean Paving and Paths 

There will be lots of dry leaves and debris once the trees are bare. Get rid of them while everything is still crisp and dry. Also, clean your paving thoroughly with soapy water and scrub with stiff brush before the frost sets in. This will reduce slipperiness of the paving and make it safer during the wet months. A good alternative to scrubbing is to give your paving and paths a blast of pressurized water.

3. Tend To Your Trees and Shrubs 

Prune any misshapen limbs and branches on your shrubs to improve their shape. You can also give your hedges trim if necessary just before the frost arrives. Get rid of diseased, dead and destroyed branches to your trees. This prevents stems from rubbing against one another and forming deformities or wounds. You can look for trees with brightly colored barks to give your garden some facelift during winter.

4. Take Care of Your Borders

If you have herbaceous perennials in your border, cut them back as close to the ground as possible as they start to die down. Also get rid annuals that have completed their growth cycle. Clean your borders by getting rid of any dead leaves, foliage and weeds.

Clip the edges of your lawn and used items from your perennials. However, spare anything with beautiful and attractive seed heads. The latter will look breathtaking in frosted state. Also spare deciduous grasses. You can leave them till February since their dead leaves protect the crown of such grasses.

Empty your compost bins of their well rotten contents. Spread the contents over the fresh soil to make it ready for the spring. The compost will also make the soil more attractive during the deficient winter months. In all you do, ensure you broaden your borders by using an edging iron.

5. Repairs Structures In The Garden 

You will not be able to do any repairs on your garden structures during the colder months. Therefore do it before frost sets in. Cutting down your structural shrubs, trees and boarders will give you access to your garden structures. Perform the maintenance required on your fencing, farmhouse, ponds and greenhouse. Pay more attention on any pest infested or decaying timber. Initiate appropriate corrective measure immediately.

6. Clean Your Pond And Other Water Features 

Use a net to temporarily cover your pond and other water features during the fall. This will prevent the pond or water feature from clogging up with foliage.  In case you have not cleaned such establishment for while and it begins to look murky, late autumn is the best time to tidy it as many creatures begin to go dormant. If fish resides in the pond, ensure the water surface does not freeze over completely. A good way to ensure this does not happen is to place a floating object such as a pneumatic ball.

7. Cushion Your Plants 

Tender species such as palms, agapanthus or cannas are more susceptible to effects of frost. Move the pots and containers planted with these species into greenhouse or conservatory for the winter months. If the tender species are planted on the ground, wrap horizontal fleece around their trunks. Spread a thick mulch of tree bark around the base of the delicate plants to cushion them from frost.

Lift bare-foot the deciduous shrubs, trees and roses and replant them just before mid-March.  Similarly, lift by root balling the rest of your garden plants especially the coniferous and evergreens. You need to do these appropriately if your plants are to survive.

8. Ready Your Lawn

Use a scarifying rake to remove moss and thatch from your lawn. This will allow it to breathe and grow freely. Having large moss on your green space is evidence of poor drainage. If that’s the case, improve the drainage with lawn spike aerator. Without an aerator, a standard garden fork will also do a decent job. Combining aeration with a commercial autumn lawn feed and moss killer products will completely eliminate moss infestation.

9. Grow Spring-Flowering Bulbs

Grow your favorite spring-flowering bulbs just before it freezes. These plants require well-drained and well-fed soil. Therefore, dig in huge quantities of sharp sand and a little of bone meal for slow release of nutrients to feed the bulbs over extended periods.

Use the correct spacing when planting the bulbs. Experts say you should plant bulbs at 2-3 times the depth of the variety of the bulb. Spacing should also be 2-3 times the width of the variety of the bulb you plant. Planting a single variety of bulbs in a drift will guarantee you more magical and dramatic effect.

10. Mulch As Much As You Can

If you cannot put a cover crop for any reason, it would be a good idea to mulch as much as possible to protect your plants from frost. Doing this will possibly protect some pests. That’s fine because mulching will also protect the predators of such pests as well as some other organisms vital to the quality of the soil.

The best mulch to use is plant leaves which are readily available during the autumn. Use a standard garden rake to collect the dried leaves from your green space or elsewhere. Leaves from native plants are better suited because they are not moisture-retaining. If you only have moisture-retaining leaves, make leaf-mold or compost them.

11. Pay Attention To Snow 

It is hard to imagine the devastation extended periods of heavy snow can do to the plants in your garden. The best thing you can do to your plants to ensure they survive the cold winter weather is to knock off the snow from their leaves. This simple act can help prevent severe damage and even the possible fatalities that might befall the plants. Remain vigil when snow begins to form.

12. Create winter color and greenery 

Everything may appear white during winter but your garden does not have to be the same. You garden can still be exciting and interesting. A good way is to incorporate a few architectural green shrubs such as Phormium tenax. This will add some structure together with your deciduous shrubs such as midwinter fire (Cornus sanguine). It will also enlighten winter border with picturesque stems that are flame-colored.

Additionally, you can fill your garden containers with winter polyanthus, pansies and violas. Fill each pot with a single species. For even better results, partner these plants with perennials, evergreen grasses, bulbs and shrubs.

Conclusion

Your garden does not have to be dormant during winter. You can keep it attractive and alive by using the above ways to prepare your garden for winter. Without proper preparation, the extreme temperatures in winter can devastate your garden forcing you to start a new with the beginning of spring. With proper preparation, your garden will look great and blossom during spring.

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The role of a brush cutter in maintaining a beautiful garden

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A brush cutter is a very important tool for use in the garden or backyard. The role of a brush cutter is very important to the survival of your garden. It also helps to keep the landscape looking well kept. It is used to cut weeds, small trees and other plant overgrowth’s that are not so easy to reach or get rid of.

A Brush cutter machine has more power and can handle tougher plant growth than a Weed string trimmer. Brush cutters normally contain a metal blade which cuts though unwanted or harmful vegetation.

Types of brush cutters

The Hand operated Brush Cutter

The design of the hand operated brush cutter allows for comfortable use. Its length allows for better access to get rid of weeds and other unwanted plants that are hard to reach. Its light weight makes it easy to move around.

The Push operated Brush cutter

These can handle larger areas of growth that the hand-held cutters. They are larger in weight and resemble the lawn mower. They can cover a bit more ground in a shorter time and with more ease.

The towed Brush cutter

These are attached to farm machines such as tractors and are used to complete the largest tasks.

The different types of brush cutters are equipped with different kinds of blades. There are chisel, knife, brush destructor, smasher and mulching blades. The most effective of these is the brush destructor blade which can handle the toughest tasks. Your choice depends on the type of work to be done.

Benefits of brush cutters 

Brush cutters have many benefits. The most important benefit of brush cutters is that they help to maintain a beautiful yard or garden. They are effective in clearing and destroying all unwanted thickets or bushes. They are portable which makes them ideal for cutting in difficult, hard to reach terrain. You can also use the machine for longer because of its design. The design allows ease of use so that users can work for a while without causing physical strain. Some brands are also quiet, so you can work without disturbing others. They are easy to store due to their compact sizes. In addition, they are also easy to maintain. Storage and maintenance are two important factors that affect the durability of the brush cutter.

Factors to consider when purchasing a brush cutter

There are several factors to consider when purchasing a brush cutter. One important factor is the type and the thickness of the vegetation to be cut down. The difficulty of the task will determine the type of brush cutter you purchase.

Another important factor is the terrain you will be using the brush cutter on. The layout of the landscape can cause some plants to be hard to reach. There are brush cutters designed for the hard to reach areas.

It is also important to check for the durability of the product. You are making an investment in an equipment that you hope will last for a while. Check the materials the cutter is made from, the design and overall sturdiness. You need a machine that can withstand the tough outdoors.

The price of the equipment might be an important factor if you are on a budget. However, do not substitute quality for price. Choose the best available brush cutter that is within your budget.

When using a brush cutter, exercise caution and wear protective gear. While using the brush cutter, protect yourself from flying debris. Be sure to protect your eyes. Use brush cutters with a harness and handle bar. These will protect your hands and lessen the impact of accidents. Also remember not to use too close to others since it can cause physical harm. Also look out for those straying animals that may wander into your path.

Purchasing a brush cutter is very important to maintain your garden. It ensures that your garden is properly cleared for new growth. The role of a brush cutter cannot be over stated. Take proper care of the brush cutter for a durable and effective machine. Pay special attention to the blade which needs to be kept sharp and clean. The brush cutter is a useful equipment that must be handled with care. Read the manual before use to ensure you understand how to care for and operate the equipment.

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