Your Garden Deserves A Haircut Too

Your Garden Deserves A Haircut Too

Nov 24

Your Garden Deserves A Haircut TooDid you forget I need a haircut too?

If only garden plants can talk, you’ve probably heard them tell you this.

I thought of this while I was peering over my neighbor’s backyard garden. A certified green thumb and garden lover, I find it unsettling seeing a poorly maintained garden. I’m even thinking of volunteering to prune their foliage.

For this post, let me remind you how important pruning is (in case some of you don’t know it yet or forgot about it.)

Pruning is necessary not just for keeping the garden look good but also to keep your plants healthy and allow it to grow better. While it may seem counterintuitive, regularly cutting plants back is beneficial for its growth. This makes it important to invest on basic gardening tools, particularly pruning tools. A pole saw can help simplify pruning of tall trees and garden plants – a common problem that beset many garden owners. If you don’t own one yet, you can visit this review site to learn more about the different brands and models of pole saws.

Before you even think about it, pruning is not just randomly cutting parts of a plant. When you prune plants, you have to be careful which parts to cut, which to spare, and when to do it. Some vital things to consider include the desired shape of the plant and how you want it to grow back.

Usually, the extent of pruning depends on the type of plant. For instance, flowering plants only require removing the weak or dead parts. Meanwhile, grass and other shrubberies often need to be cut back to the ground to allow new sprouts to replace the older ones.

I’ve read that pruning actually hurts a plant (as if anyone has felt how it is to become a plant?). Well, it obviously wounds the plant but if done properly it shouldn’t harm the overall health of the plant. On the contrary, it should allow the natural healing process, which enables healthy growth. Have you ever noticed how flowering plants produce more flowers after pruning? The same is true with fruit-bearing trees and most other plants.

Pruning may also be necessary for safety reasons. Some trees can grow very tall interfering with power lines and putting people nearby at risk. Trees can also pose risk to your home, such as possible debris from the tree in case of strong winds.

Usually, pruning is best done during the dormant period of the plant (winter, early spring and fall). But this is not the case for all plants. There are plants, such as shrubs and spring blooming trees, that produce new buds once the old ones fall off. Prune these plants just after flowering. There are also some plants that need to be pruned continuously to keep them healthy.

But what if you pruned at the wrong time? There should be no problem as plants have incredible healing capacity. Pruning, no matter how odd or poorly done, is rarely fatal. Most plants recover but only after some time. To avoid worries, it would help to do some readings before you take out the pruning shears.

3 Easy DIY Garden Watering Systems You Can Do Right Now

3 Easy DIY Garden Watering Systems You Can Do Right Now

Nov 23

Many of you probably don’t know: I’m also into gardening. Yes, you read it right! This soccer fan actually tends to a small home garden. I find it beneficial growing organic vegetables and herbs which is good for one’s health.

3 Easy DIY Garden Watering Systems You Can Do Right NowI was actually planning install an air compressor into my garden’s watering system to increase the water pressure. While looking for an air compressor, I found this site, Air Compressor Judge, helpful as it offers reviews on different models and brands of air compressors. Sadly, I couldn’t seem to find a model that fits my budget, so I decided to go on DIY water systems.

For this post, allow me to share with you some nifty DIY watering systems that won’t hurt your pocket.

Drip Hoses

This is a simple DIY water system that requires cheap materials and can also help you save on your water bills. A drip hose directly brings water to the soil, drop by drop. You can either buy a roll of drip hose or you can also use an old hose. Clean the hose and punch tiny holes at least 2 inches apart. On both ends of the hose, leave 6 inches un-punctured.

Once the hose have tiny holes, attach a hose cap on one end and then the other end towards a supply to the faucet. Turn the water on keeping the pressure low, or else it will spray. Run the hose beneath the plants and then cover with 2 inches of soil. Since it is directly under the foliage, it is protected against evaporation.

Ollas

Ever heard of ollas? These are earthen jars come with wide bellies and thin necks are buried in your garden. It allows you to store water to it. Water slowly seeps through the tiny holes in the ollas’ unglazed walls keeping the soil moistened. At the same time, it also prevents water evaporation or runoff. Over time, the ollas draws water to it, creating an efficient self-watering system. Ollas can capture water from rain or daily precipitate so you don’t need to worry about water run-out.

Self-watering Earth Box Planter

If you have no time to water your garden, you might find this clever project very helpful. The idea is simple: let the soil absorb water slowly from a built-in well. You just have to fill the built-in well but less frequent than what you normally do.

An earth box can be made of any material or size. It just needs to have two basic components the mulch/soil and a water reservoir. Making a DIY self-watering planter may seem complicated but it’s actually simple. You can check some instructional videos on how to make your own earth box with materials that are readily available to you.

These simple DIY projects can unburden you from the task of watering your garden daily. I find it especially helpful for busy urban dwellers.

Tools with Utility

Tools with Utility

Sep 26

What good is a tool that doesn’t actually provide any utility for the user? Such a thing is essentially a paperweight, good for weighing down another thing or for breaking a window if you lock yourself out of your home or car, but not for anything else. On the other hand, tools with a wide range of uses are always some of the most popular. For instance, every person I know has at least a socket wrench and a set of sockets lying around in a garage or basement somewhere. Some tools are just so useful that people feel like they have to have them.

Speaking of tools with a wide variety of functions, have you ever seen an oscillating tool before? They’re very useful because they can perform a variety of operations, thus using a single tool to take the place of several different tools. There are sawing bits for cutting wood and other materials, sanding bits for doing finishing work on rough surfaces, and scraping tools for removing old grout and pulling up tiles, just to name a few of the things an oscillating tool can do. Just like the socket wrench mentioned above, this is one tool nobody should be without.

Which is why you might want to consider buying one. I don’t know about you, but I like to have things and not need them rather than need things and not have them; or at least I prefer that as long as I don’t end up spending a lot of money on something I never end up using. Even as a football coach, I can think of a few ways to use such a device. Cutting new sections of netting for goals, chopping bits of PVC pipe to make impromptu goal posts from what’s essentially garbage and sanding off the rough edges are all possibilities if you have an effective oscillating tool.

Unlike a lot of other power tools, these things are actually very affordable. Maybe it has something to do with the small size of a typical tool. Despite how easy they are to carry and handle though, these things come with enough power to do almost any job you could imagine. Now they probably won’t saw through metal pipes or sheets for you, though it could be possible with the right attachment. These tools are more or less made for the DIYer, someone with lots of little projects who needs versatile equipment to get them done. You can see for yourself at http://oscillatingtoolsdepot.com/.

I actually have a good deal of experience with these tools, and I’m happy to say that I’ve found them quite useful. I think the majority of people reading this will feel the same way when they finally realize they’ve got a tool which will do about half a dozen things for them. I’m not going to lie and say the possibilities are endless or anything like that. But if you have a handy friend and can’t think of what to get them for an upcoming birthday, here’s an idea for you.