Winter Plants for your garden

Here are some beautiful shrubs that flower in are gorgeous in the winter

The perfect yard with no work

For some yard and garden care is a hobby; for others is it a passion; and for many it is simply something to be good enough at to enjoy your house or compliment your house.  No matter what level of interest you have in your yard most everyone would agree on two things:

  1. It would be nice to have a perfect or near perfect looking yard you can be proud of any enjoy
  2. It would be nice to have less work to keep it looking perfect

What if I told you I have found the perfect combination of both?  Would you be interested in always loving the look of your yard as well as your neighborhood combined with little to no continual maintenance?

Ironically many of us have seen the near perfect yard and just didnt realize we did.  Close your eyes and imagine a pristine, landscaped, perfect yard – Can you see it?  If you imaged something that looks a lot like a PGA Tour Golf Course then you and I are on the same page.  The PGA Village Verano in Port Saint Lucie offers just that.  The combination of perfect yard, incredible views AND a chance to be a member and play on one of the premiere golf courses in the world.

These are all brand new, eco-friendly houses with brand new appliances.

Not only do they have a premiere golf course but they also have Talvera Wellness Center which has everything from physical conditioning, to athletics, even to training classes to help you live a better life.

The perfect yard and maybe the perfect life is within your grasp.  Maybe this is just the change you were looking for.

Get yourself a beautiful garden

DIY Network has just announced that they are on a mission to find the a truly hopeless landscape. If you happen to own one that would fit this ‘nice’ description, head over to DIYNetwork.com, and upload images and videos of your hopeless yard. If the judges and DIY Network decide your landscape really is the most desperate one, you have a chance to receive a yard makeover worth $25 000. The makeover is courtesy of DIY Network host and licensed contractor Jason Cameron together with his Desperate Landscapes Crew.

If you want to participate, be sure to upload your images and videos to their website before April 30, 2012. Only this way will you have a chance to win the $25 000 worth yard makeover and have the chance to appear on the one-hour special of America’s Most Desperate Landscape, premiering on DIY Network Wednesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET.

DIY Network is the home improvement television, created by the makers of HGTV and Food Network, and is currently watched in more than 56 million homes. They offer how-to videos and step-by-step instructions for you to help with your home improvement.

Learn more about their search for the most desperate yards here –

Are you ready for a lawn care revolution?

If you own a garden, you know how time-consuming it can be to take care of your lawn. You also know that a nice lawn is a great welcome to your visitors as well as a great playground for your kids. And let’s not forget the most beautiful lawn competitions in certain neighborhoods.

Independent of the reason you want to have a nice lawn, the steps to take to keep it green, soft and beautiful, are still the same.

Experts say that you should fertilize your lawn 3 or 4 times a year. Depending on the size of it, it might take you quite a bit of time to do it. Plus making sure the appropriate amount of fertilizer would be spread equally everywhere. While we can’t help you with everything, we can make your job just a bit easier. Try Scotts Snap Spreader System. It’s easy to use – the spreader’s Snap Pac connects directly to the Snap Spreader. The system automatically sets the proper flow rate making sure your fertilizer will be spread equally and in right amounts everywhere.

You don’t want to see the product on the sidewalks or anywhere else where it shouldn’t be. With a simple EdgeGuard feature you don’t have a problem with that anymore either. Plus you don’t have to worry about the mess, the spreader stays clean even after you have removed the Snap Pac – the automatic activation of the Snap Pac’s self-seal feature upon its removal takes care of that.

It’s easy, it’s clean and in addition to fertilizing your grass, you can also spread other products with it. Be it grass seed, insect killer or anything else.

Don’t forget to see the instruction videos below.

Protecting Your Garden

While most people would pay a lot of attention towards protecting their home from outside threat, few would think of protecting the perimeter of the house- i.e outside the house that includes the garden and porch area.  Protecting the garden is a very important consideration too. If the garden and outside space provides easy access to a burglar, they can quite easily break in into the home, thus compromising its safety and probably your own safety as well.

 

A garden or shed that provides easy access to an outsider could mean that the burglar could easily rob your garden accessories, any plants or even tools! So, what could you do to make sure you protect your garden as well? Here are some points to remember:

  1. Ensure that you have a garden fence and a garden gate that is locked or at least kept closed at all times.
  2. Install surveillance equipment like a CCTV camera if you have valuable possessions in your garden
  3. Install good lighting around your garden- a lighted area can be a big deterrent for potential burglary attempts
  4. Consider keeping expensive gardening equipment like the mower, ladder etc in a garden shed if they are kept in the open.
    1. If your garden has any external doors going into the house, make sure that you it is locked at all times when you are not in the house. Also secure all opening windows with key locks, or a wire mesh.

This post has been sponsored by Darfen Durafencing, a security fencing company specialising in the b2b industry.

Artificial grass lawn instead

At first this might seem contradictory. That is because schools generally consider
cutting costs before spending more money on major land developments. However,
schools that spend a small amount to have their yards reconstructed with
artificial grass will help save them financially in the future, and here are a
few ways these fake lawns can help.

First of all having an artificial turf installed in one’s school will save them on maintenance costs year round. This is because artificial grass does not require any maintenance. There is no need to water, soil, or reseed the lawn.

There is also no need for fungus or pest control. Schools have high maintenance costs due to the large number of people who attend! With people constantly using their property, schools to quickly develop problems with pest control, mold, and fungus. These can be detrimental to a child’s health.  However, having an artificial lawn installed will help reduce the chances of bug infestation ruing any chance for further fungal development out in the school yard.

Finding artificial turf is easy online, and there are a variety of websites that provide wholesale artificial turf to their larger consumers. Also buying this fake grass in bulk can further save schools money, and they might even be able to provide further discounts for public schools in need.

It is thanks to these long term savings on maintenance costs and hazard preventions that can really help a financially struggling school and that can help preserve the jobs of staff members and teachers alike.!  Therefore, having artificial grass is not only a need! for schools, but a must for all who attend!

Artificial Grass Can Cost Less Than You Think

Fake turf doesn’t look so fake anymore.  In fact, more and more people are using a fake! lawn as grass for their backyards!

How can that be?  Isn’t artificial grass expensive?

It doesn’t have to be!

Artificial grass offers a ton of benefits, but the biggest one is price.  Whether you have a small yard or a giant park to worry about, artificial grass can fit into your budget.

And, it’s not like real grass is free.  After all, when you consider watering, mowing, and fertilizing, real grass can be awfully expensive!

However, artificial grass is a one-time cost.  Sure, you will have to pay for the materials and installation.  But once your artificial grass is in, the expense ! is done.  You never have to maintain it, so you never have to spring for a professional landscaping company, lawn tools, or even the money it would take to water it!

Guest Posting by Bobby Quill

Plattsmouth School Board Considers Artificial Turf

Guest Posting by Bobby Quill

While many academic institutions across the country have already embraced artificial turf, others are discussing the idea and looking into artificial grass prices. The Journal reports that Plattsmouth Board of Education members heard advice from coaches and community members last month regarding a notion to install artificial turf on the Plattsmouth High School football field.

The group’s monthly workshop last month was attended by mostly members who approved the idea of replacing the field’s natural grass surface with artificial grass. According to the article, the board has spent the last few months collecting data and input from local citizens and researching artificial turf manufacturers.

 “The benefits of something like AstroTurf would be astronomical for our band program,” the PHS band instructor Zac Konrad told the paper. “I wanted to come here to tell you that this isn’t just an athletics issue. I’m really excited about the possibilities if this happens. It would help our marching band a lot to have a field to practice on every day.”

Just like residential artificial grass, the new surface would help the school save money on water and maintenance bills.

Mailbox inspiration

Does your mind ever go to weird places?  Do you ever find inspiration for your home and garden in the most unusual places?  Some times I do.

As I was walking to the mailbox  the other day I was thinking of all the unique mailboxes I have seen over the years and how some of these might be used to decorate my garden.  There are house mail boxes  and cow mail boxes, I even saw one once that was shaped like a baseball hat.

What kind of mail box design could you use in your garden this spring?  I did some looking online and do you know that besides the standard half oval residential mailboxes residential mailboxes that come in hundreds maybe even thousands of shapes, sizes and colors there are more then a ton of them that looking nothing like a mailbox at first glance.  As I was looking through these a storm of ideas came to mind for ways I could use them to decorate my home and garden and even use them for a organizing things here in my office.  You could use small square wall mount to keep your keys in.  You could use and extra wide stainless steel one for locking documents in.  The possibilities are endless.  Heck you might even just decide to replace your existing mailbox.

Even if your neighborhood or house already has a mailbox provided, do not fret take a look at some of the more interesting shapes and designs for the mailbox and I think you will agree that maybe there is more to the mail box then just mail.

Making Bird Tenants Welcome

We have almost made it through.  Soon the sun will be shining, the birds will be singing and it will be spring again.  There is something magical about birds calling our yard their home, but if we really want to enjoy them and our garden we need to create a living space for these creatures so they are welcome guests rather then welcome pests.

The first thing we would do with any company is make sure we feed them.  When looking at a bird feeder we need to spend a little time finding out what birds are local to our area.  Although the design of many bird feeders is similar the way these flying friends eat and what they eat is as diverse as the possible cuisine in your neighborhood.  There is nothing more disappointing then buying a bird feeder and looking forward to seeing a certain type of bird only to find out that particular bird never comes around our house, would never eat out of that type of feeder or doesn’t eat the food we served.  Just like being sure we are aware of the dietary needs of our children’s friend when they come over we need to make sure first we understand the bird feeder needs of our feather visitors.

Once we start feeding the birds and word gets out we have the food they are looking for the birds will flock (pun intended) to our house.  If we want them to do more then just stop buy for a bite we need to provide the birds a nice bird house to live.  Since we now know what kind of birds we will have we can use that information to also determine what kind of bird house they need.  We can get birdhouses in sizes, shapes, colors, and styles so that the house will make the birds want to nest there as well as become a compliment to décor of our yard and garden.

What bird sanctuary back yard would be complete without a bird bath.  As you can imagine a refreshing break from flying around is a nice clean bath to splash in and relax in.  Besides pedestal style bird baths we all think of there are bird baths that can be mounted to a deck railing, ones that can be integrated into our garden pond and many other styles to choose from.  There are even bird baths that come with heaters and de-icers so that your back yard tenants can use them all year round to get a nice drink and keep themselves clean.

If you are lucky enough to life in an area where the are my favorite is the hummingbird.  As we know these speedy little creatures never stop flapping, even to eat.  Of course there is a special hummingbird feeder  just to meet their needs.  If hummingbirds live in your area I would encourage you to get some feeders for them.  It is an exciting treat to watch this beautiful little creature flit around our yard and drink from the feeder.  You won’t regret it.

No matter what kind of birds you end up with in your yard this year make them feel welcome with these few special things you can do to make your world inviting to our avian friends.