Beneficial Mycorrhizae – Your Plants Best Friend

Innoculating your potting soil mix or hydroponic reservoir with beneficial mycorrhizae has many benefits. With the chelating enzymes the fungus release, the plants uptake more useable nutrients. With the funal hairs acting as a secondary root system, plants grow big faster. Overall, plants grow up healthier. When fungal hairs, called hyphae, were first discovered surrounding plant roots on a 460 million year old fossil, it was believed the fungus must be robbing the plants of their energy. Further research has since proved this to be false. In fact, these very fossils became the evidence that suggests a relationship existed between the plants and the fungus that benefits both. The evidence goes on to conclude that it was exactly this symbiotic …

How much water does a lawn really need?

Word Count: 377 Summary: Find out how much you really need to water your lawn to keep it healthy and beautiful. Keywords: water,lawn,watering lawn,watering your lawn,how much,grass,sprinklers,how much water,water your lawn Article Body: Well, while your soil type, the amount of sunshine, and the climate all come into play, a good rule of thumb is 1 to 1 1/2 inches a week. What is most important is HOW you water. You want to water deeply and infrequently to have a healthy deep rooted grass lawn. Let’s say you decide on 1 1/2 inches a week. You can do it in 2 doses or one, but don’t do just a little each day. If you do a little each day your …

How Much Do Hardwood Floors Cost?

Word Count: 317 Summary: Hardwood floors are sold everywhere, but little do we know that it takes a lot of effort and time to prepare each plank until it is fit for building use. Keywords: hardwood floor, hardwood floors Article Body: Hardwood floors are sold everywhere, but little do we know that it takes a lot of effort and time to prepare each plank until it is fit for building use. Trees are an exhaustible resource. This means they are not simply manufactured out of factories and have to be grown for a considerable period before they can be used. Oak hardwood, for instance, can take as long as a hundred years to mature. Is, therefore, because of this that …

7 Tips For Your Hardwood Floor

Solid hardwood floors look great. They have a tough chunky look that spells quality and long life. And they will last long and look magnificent throughout if you take the effort to look after them. It’s not difficult, and the right kind of care will add years to your beautiful hardwood floor. 1. The worst enemies of your hardwood floor are grit, sand and dirt. These three act like sandpaper grinding, scraping and dulling the shiny surface until it becomes ugly. Use small mats near outside doors to prevent the dirt getting further into your house. 2. Water allowed to stand on any part of your hardwood floor can cause warping and discoloration. Be sure to wipe up any spills …

7 Factors Needed for a Compost Pile

Compost, made from decomposed grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and branches, becomes a dark, crumbly mixture of organic matter. Learn how composting works. Even a newbie to composting can make good quality compost. It can be compared to cooking as art or part science. The following 7 factors will help you master the art of composting. 1. Materials After a time anything that was once alive will naturally decompose. But, not all organic items should be composted for the home. To prepare compost, organic material, microorganisms, air, water, and a small amount of nitrogen are needed. These items are safe to compost at home: grass clippings trimmings from hedges vegetable scraps leaves potting soil that has grown old twigs coffee filters …

5 Secrets To Growing Beautiful Roses

A rose is a rose is rose – and there are few things in the garden more beautiful. There are 5 secrets I want to share that will help you to grow healthy roses. Sunshine: Plan to put your rose bush in a spot where it will get as much sun at least 6 hours of sunshine a day. Water: Drops of water on the leaves can cause burning, and lead to black spot disease so always water from underneath, soaking the earth until it is damp but not soggy. It is better to water thoroughly once a week than lightly several times in the same period. Beware if your Roses get too much water, they’ll drown. Water in the …

Starting with a Water Garden

Gardening is one of our primordial fascinations. For thousands of years humans have gardened and for most of that time a major part of our diet came out of our gardens. As we became better at feeding ourselves, we also gained the time to indulge in activities that weren’t directly linked to our very survival. Flowers, ornamental shrubs, decorative trees all became a part of gardening for beauty and pleasure. Water is a source of life. We are actually composed of 50 to 70 percent water and without water we can die in hours or a few days – far faster than from lack of food. Throughout history, water has been a necessity, even a source of warfare. We find …

5 Basic Tips When Choosing Hardwood Flooring

Word Count: 362 Summary: Are you having trouble starting to wonder what to look for when deciding what hardwood flooring to choose? There are so many questions and several things to consider prior to choosing hardwood flooring for your home. Before you rush out shopping for on hardwood flooring, this article will illustrate to you some basic tips you should ask yourself before making your flooring investment. Keywords: hardwood flooring, refinished hardwood flooring, wood flooring Article Body: Timeless beauty, clean lines, strength and durability as well as the ease of cleaning and the classic look make hardwood flooring the perfect choice for your home. No matter what your personal style is, there is a flooring choice for you because of …