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The fascinating world of trees.

Trees are paramount to our very existence as they not only provide oxygen that we need to breath but also help to remove other impurities from the air and provide building materials for us to use. But, their world is so much more fascinating than that.

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  • Trees communicate with one another using a secret underground network of fungi. Scientists have discovered that this fungi connects a group of trees together and communicates both information and resources to one another with a ‘mother’ tree being at the centre of this network. It also acts like a neighbourhood watch scheme in that the fungi warns nearby trees of the pests that may be attacking trees within its neighbourhood.
  • Trees do not die of old age. It is environmental factors, disease and pests that cause the trees to die. If you have a tree that has been affected by adverse weather or attack from pests you should consult with a Tree Surgeon Bournemouth way to have your tree cared for.

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  • Only 12% of the UK is woodland which is a small percentage when you compare it to the 32% in Germany, 37% in France and 72% in Finland. This of course is often due to the societal structures within each country.

How to Get Rid of Those Garden Weeds

You may be a bit bored at home and twiddling your thumbs right now, but there is one thing that you can attend to – your garden!    If you have spent the last two weeks frantically cleaning your house, or have even had some help from Leicester Cleaning Company Ace Cleaning Company now it is your gardens turn to benefit from a bit of spring cleaning!

Weeds are the scourge of the garden and every gardener from amateur to professional has an ongoing battle with the humble weed! It is best to get on top of them as soon as you can as they can quickly become unruly and over run the garden.

There are some things to do to prevent weeds from being able to grow in the first place – for example, many allotment owners will cover the bare earth with an old piece of carpet to stop weeds germinating there.

If that ship has sailed and you have already got an abundant weed population in your garden here are a few tips for getting rid of them

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For weeds growing on paths and between the cracks in paving, you can buy a special tool to use to get rid of them or use a knife to run along and pull them out. If you have a large area to cover, consider using a flame gun designed for this purpose.

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In spring or Autumn, you can use a weed and feed product to clear large areas of weeds. There are also special tools for pulling weeds form the lawn and chemicals that you can paint directly onto the lawn that will only affect the weed.

What are the plants that bloom in winter?

plants that bloom in winter

For those who like gardening, it is good to know that with the arrival of the cold does not end at the flowering of plants in different ways, but especially with various tricks, you can have a corner of the garden always in bloom.

Cyclamen

The cold months require a careful preservation of plants from climate changes, especially by unexpected frosts. The change of temperature also gives us colorful gardens, thanks to the presence of numerous plants, such as the cyclamen.

This common plant often embellishes balconies and flower beds. Its flowering varies depending on when the seeds were planted: in fact, cyclamen have been planted in the fall season can extend their flowering until winter. The thing to remember is not to be overlooked is that the cyclamen fears frost: for this reason it is preferable to place it in the house, away from the currents and the heaters too hot.

Besides the cyclamen, there are many other plants that bloom in winter, maybe less known but equally beautiful. Let’s see some. Read more

Balcony flowers: Daisies in pots, the advice to cultivate!

Daisies

Cultivate daisies in pots is very simple, and you have the advantage of having a balcony with flowers and cheerful with just a couple of pots!

Among the balcony flowers fact daisies they are undoubtedly among the most simple, but have the ability to immediately put joy!

The daisies in pots also a period of very broad flowering: bloom in late April to remain in bloom until September! Read more

Guide to the choice of roses

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Choosing the right rose to put in the garden or at home, it requires certain considerations and assessments due to the high number of varieties and cultivars, different in shape, size, color and bloom.

Choosing the right rose to put in the garden or in the house requires some considerations and evaluations, because of the number of varieties and cultivars, different in shape, size, color and bloom. Read more

Poinsettia: 6 things to know to keep it from dying

Poinsettia

Symbol par excellence of the festivities, the Christmas star is one of the Christmas plant par excellence together with mistletoe: scenic, beautiful, red, to not let it die, it takes a few simple rules. Moreover, keep it flourished is not difficult and with few tips, you may have throughout the year your poinsettia home, as beautiful and ornamental plant. Here are 5 things to know to keep it from dying. Read more

You can be grown perennials in the garden or on the balcony

perennials

Cold temperatures are certainly not considered friends of the green thumb and are often the main cause of bare gardens, inanimate and lifeless. However, do not panic! You do not need to wait in fact the hot spring to again enjoy a vivid and colorful vegetation, as there are many plants that can withstand the cold winter temperatures and show themselves in all their splendor even in the coldest season of the year. These are called perennials.

What is a perennial plant?

Perennial plants are so named because of their ability to live beyond two years, thanks to a growth cycle that allows them to produce flowers and fruit all year long. In particular, it defines a perennial plant which is capable of replication in a constant manner during all seasons, maintaining its color unchanged even when it is at rest.

It should make it clear that we do not speak of “immortal plant” but of plants that enjoy a life much longer than those so-called “annual” or “biennial.” Perennial plants do not need special care; they are great for decorating gardens or balconies and are easily adapted to extremely cold temperatures, very hot and well to dry soils. Read more

Camelia Sasanqua: Winter Blooms

Camelia Sasanqua

The plants with blooms hibernates them are not many. Among the most beautiful and colorful blooms we can definitely put the queen of winter, that is, the Camelia Sasanqua. This challenge plant frost, giving a bloom from magenta intense color. If you want to give a touch of color to your garden, even in the cold winter months, choose this example, will be a pleasure for your eyes.

Knowing the Camelia Sasanqua

The Camelia Sasanqua belongs to the Theaceae family and is native of territory of China and Japan. It is an evergreen shrub that can be expanded or erect, much branched, with pale green and small leaves.

This particular specimen of Camelia is often remembered as Camellia Christmas; in fact we have already mentioned that this is exemplary with a bloom that occurs during the cold months, this fact takes place from autumn to continue until the month of March. The flowers can be very different both in form and number of petals, there is one variety rather wide. As for the longevity of this exemplary Camelia lives many years alternating exceptional blooms to more modest blooms. Read more

When Should You Replace Your Lawn Mower?

If you start to have problems with your lawn mower, it can be a difficult decision to know whether to attempt to have it repaired or whether to pay out for a new model.

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Maintenance

The RHS suggest that in summer lawns should be mowed twice weekly on average, so a lawn mower needs to be maintained correctly if it’s going to be worked this hard. Firstly, let’s look at what you should be doing to keep your mower in good working order, because, as they say, prevention is better than cure.

Cleaning

Remove grass and other debris after use from the blades and underside. Clean spark plugs and ventilation slots.

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Check Electrics

Check cables for any defects and ensure connecting pins on batteries are clean.

Remove Petrol

At the end of the season remove petrol, as if it is left over winter, it can go stale and damage the engine.

Check Wheels and Bolts

Bolts can become loose over time, which could affect the functionality or cause serious damage.

Picking Up Problems

If you spot a problem quickly, you might be able to resolve it before it becomes too much of an issue or causes severe problems. Keep an eye, and ear, out for any of the following:

Inability to start

Vibrations coming from the lawnmower
Power cutting out during use
Blades not cutting efficiently

Repair or Replacement

The first step should be to check the user manual, which should have useful troubleshooting tips. Petrol-powered mowers have several parts which should be checked, including the carburettor, the air filter or spark plug. With electric mowers, check the power cable and fuse, as these are common causes of issues.

Often an old lawnmower can simply be repaired with replacement parts. This is particularly true for high-quality machines. For example, Briggs and Stratton parts are readily available, and you can click here for Briggs and Stratton parts online. You may be able to simply order the parts yourself to save your machine. For more complex issues, find a repair engineer to check the machine and rectify the issue.

If the part or the repair costs are more expensive than the machine, then clearly it may be a better option to purchase a new machine.

A décor inspired by flowers

Florals are a quick way to achieve a colourful, vibrant room – here are some of the ways you can grow this décor idea without a suspicion of old-fashioned chintz.

Just the word ‘floral’ can have decorators shuddering with fear with those associations of blooms, stems and leafy patterns with chintzy cottage and twee settings, or out-of-date fussy boudoirs.

While it is true that some fans of flower-inspired designs are guilty of letting them spread through the house like a weed, but there are far more subtle and stylish ways to approach a green-fingered decoration.

Floral design has remained persistently popular and the trend continues for people to enjoy this nature-inspired decorating design in fresh, contemporary ways.

Recently, changes to designs use more than a mixture of flower and leaf shapes, so they are more reflective of nature, moving away from older designs that featured only one type of flower.

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Rose bouquets

Roses have always been a favourite flower, and they are the stars of this season’s fashion and decor. Great flowers, such as roses and dahlias, have been used throughout history in textile design, and this continues today. The trend of florals lends itself very well to ‘blowsy’ flowers such as roses, and they work very well as a motif.

Pick of the bunch

Think of your living room sofa like a beautiful window box. Just as you would dig up old plants, replacing dead or withered flowers, you can switch up cushions and accessories with this season’s floral picks giving new patterns, colours and an instant style lift.

Passion for pink

Plunge into pink and opt for sweet nuances or mature, sophisticated, clean-lined contemporary furniture. Layering up a different scale from floral pattern, from ditzy to large scale, in a palette of tonal colours, is a really interesting decor, especially when done using strong colours, such as pink to plum.

Garden florals, where there is a mix of flowers and plants together in one design, is something that should also see growth in the next season, as people love to bring nuance into their inner space.

Combining plain furniture with floral upholstery will not overpower the setting, and works especially well in small rooms. Floral-inspired and contemporary furniture can also include a modern iconic design like the Tulip Dining Table. Find your replica Tulip Dining Table at a site like Pash Classics.  It’s also easy to evoke a gentle country charm by introducing accessories like floral ceramic jugs in various sizes.

Florals are gathering pace in interior design, especially as spring and summer approach and they are a fantastic organic alternative to regimented geometric prints that have dominated décor for a while now.

Homeowners are getting bolder about incorporating bold patterns and colours, and dramatic, large blooms can really be effective in a neutral tone scheme. Consider a statement wall with tropical floral wallpaper which ramp up temperatures and be bang on trend as the interior goes hot and steamy for summer.

To introduce the trend of flowers and tie the scheme together, choose one or two main colours for the floral print. This will unify the room and prevent the display being too kitsch. Alternatively, a beautiful, large bouquet of flowers to take pride of place on the dining or coffee table, is a simple and affordable way to make a statement in any room.

 

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