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Greener grass is just four steps away

Greener grass is just four steps away | Gardening | Scoop.it
Take care of your lawn this summer with these four easy lawncare tips
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This   article  here  gives  a  good  sound  advice on  general  lawn  care "  But " A  beautiful lawn  doesn't  happen  by  itself  "

But  if  you  follow  these  4  simple  test  you  will  half  way  there 

tHe  other  thing  to  remember  is  that  the  lawn  needs  to  breath So   the  best  thing to do  is  scarify  the  lawn  first  getting  rid  of  any dead grass,moss,and  thatch 

I useally  carry  out  aeration  in  the  autumn ( its  convenient  for  the  clients  )  But  before  I  apply any  fertilizer  I  soil  test  the  lawn  first   to  see  if  it  needs  any  correction.

 

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Using Your Lawn Mower on a Slope? Get Safety Tips from OPEI | Turf Magazine

Using Your Lawn Mower on a Slope? Get Safety Tips from OPEI | Turf Magazine | Gardening | Scoop.it
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How  to  drive  a  ride  mower  on  a  slope  

 

On  #nationallawncaremonth   I  thought  I  look  into  the  Health  and  Safety  at  work  aspect  of  it   starting  with  (a)  Drive  on  mowers  

 

To  me  this  article   is  important  especially  when   you  use  these  big  ride on  mowers.

I  have  seen  from  past  experience  what  could  have  been  a  nasty  accident  due  to  the  driver  incompetence where  the  mower  actually  toppled over   side  ways over.

Lucky  the  driver  wasn't  hurt  but  a  bit he was s bit  shaken  up.

When  tackling  a  hill  with  a  ride  on  mower  take  the  hill  gradually  like  what  these  picture are  showing  never  go  at  a  steep   with  non  drive  on  mowers  its  different  and  the  best  mowers  for   slopes  are  the  flymo  or  hover  mowers    cause  they  are  light  but  when  cutting  small  slopes   mow  it    by    swinging  it  side  by  side  pointing  down  

 

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These safety tips are very important and should be used by all groundsmen when operating a mower on uneven ground. If for some reason the mower does tip whilst in operation the outcome may be life-threatening. These tips are very easy to follow and they provide very good information in mowing the lawn on a slope in a safe and efficient manner. Even if it takes longer to finish the job, the important thing is that this activity is completed in a safe manner and that no one gets hurt. All groundsmen need to know these safety tips so they and the people around them can be safer.

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Your gardening calendar for April

Your gardening calendar for April | Gardening | Scoop.it
Here’s what you need to know to keep your garden looking its best this month.
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Whether  you living  in  #USA  or  the #UK   here  is  a  simple  to  follow   #Gardening  guide.

About  now  is  the  ideal  time  to  start  planting  as  the  ground  isn't  too  wet  or  cold   or  too  dry   to  prohibit  root  growth.

A  good  tip  when  planting  is  to  prepare  the  hole  before  hand  before  you  put  the  plants  in 

This  will  reduce  the  stress on  the  plants  roots  than  fiddling  around with  them  all  the  time.

When  repotting  or  moving  them  from  pots  to  the  soil   ~ (1) Dig  a  hole  first  deep  enough  to  have  enough  compost  at  the  bottom  and  to  forked  over  to  be  mixed  in.

Place  the  pot  in  the  hole  and  firm  around  the  pot  pushing  the  soil  down  the  sides. until  you  reach  the  top  

Then  pull out  the  pot  ~  you  should  be  left  with  a  nice  hole to  accommodate  the  plant  without  giving  it  stress 

(This  method  you  can  use  for  pots  too)

 

(2) water  the  hole  to  the  top  and  let  it  drain   ~ Whilst   you  waiting  you  can  carry  on planting  with  other  plants  doing  the  same  thing  

(3)  Go  back  to  the  first  hole  and  remove  the  plant  from  the  pot  and  place  in the  hole ~  Backfill  to  make  sure  the  top  is  covered  and  firm  in  

(4)  water  in  well

If  the  plant  is  root  bound  place  the  root  ball  in  a  bucket  of  water  until your  hole  ready  ~  This  should  loosen  the  roots  

I  often  scrape  the  sides  of  the  hole  to  with a  scraper  to  stop  the  heavy  clay  soil  restricting  root  growth 

 

 

 

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Soil testing instructions using MSU Extension’s Home Lawn and Garden Soil Test Mailer

Soil testing instructions using MSU Extension’s Home Lawn and Garden Soil Test Mailer | Gardening | Scoop.it
Step-by-step instructions on how to test your soil for nutrient levels so you can save money on fertilizer costs.
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A  handy  #USA   step  by  step  guide  on  how  to  take  soil  samples  and  post  them  off  to  be  analysed

  If  only  we  had  it  here 

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Meet the tomato expert who knows the best varieties for you

Meet the tomato expert who knows the best varieties for you | Gardening | Scoop.it
From heirlooms to new grafted varieties, there's a tomato to suit every gardener. And Craig LeHoullier knows them all
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An  excelent  guide  into  how  to  grow  Heirloom  Tomatoes  ~ For  the  benefit  of  the  public  in  the  UK   Heirloom  Can  be  subdivided  into  three  catogeries 

(1) Family  ie  seeds  saved  from  past  harvest  or  hand  down  through  generation also  known  as  Heritage  Tomatoes  here  in  the  UK 

(2)  Commercial  ~ open  pollinted  a  free  range  Tomatoe   if  you  like  

(3)Mystery  And  Created  

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How to Grow New Potatoes | Planet Natural

How to Grow New Potatoes | Planet Natural | Gardening | Scoop.it
"New potatoes," those harvested small and early, are all the rage in America's kitchens and for good reason. They're often fork- sized and come out nice and tender.
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Now  is  the  time to plant  out  your  potatoes  here  in  the  Uk  if  they  have  been  carefully  chitted  ie  left  to  sprout  on  the  window  sill  as  the  temperature  increases.

Make  sure  the  tubors  are  fully  buried  in  the  earth  and  the  sprouts  covered up .

This  guide  here  is  excellent  advice  on  how  to  grow  potatoes  

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Plant virus can help you boil water 3x faster

Plant virus can help you boil water 3x faster | Gardening | Scoop.it

Scientists have found a way to boil water faster. The technology works by coating a heating element with a virus found on tobacco plants. The coating dramatically reduces the size and number of bubbles that form around the element as it gets warmer. Air pockets caused by bubbles temporarily insulate heating elements from the surrounding water, slowing down the transfer of heat. A coating made from the tobacco virus tripled the efficiency of boiling water, scientists said, which could save vast quantities of energy in industrial power plants or large-scale electronic cooling systems.

 

“Even slight improvements to technologies that are used so widely can be quite impactful,” said Matthew McCarthy, an engineer at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. Controlling the formation of bubbles would also help guard against a scenario called “critical heat flux” that is undesirable – sometimes disastrous – in industrial boilers. This happens when so many bubbles are forming that they merge into a blanket surrounding the element, meaning that it can no longer transfer heat to the water.

 

“What happens then is the dry surface gets hotter and hotter, like a pan on the stove without water in it,” said McCarthy. “This failure can lead to the simple destruction of electronic components, or in power plant cooling applications, the catastrophic meltdown of a nuclear reactor.” To counteract this effect, scientists have been attempting to develop surfaces that repel bubbles and keep the boiling surface wet. McCarthy’s team has identified tobacco mosaic virus, which is roughly pencil-shaped, as the perfect structure for wicking moisture downwards towards a surface.

 

The team has developed a genetically modified strain of the virus, with “molecular hooks” allowing it to adhere to nearly any surface. The researchers grow tobacco plants in the lab and infect them with the modified tobacco mosaic virus. “When the plants are really sick, we put them in the blender and you get a sort of green soup,” said McCarthy.

 

After several rounds of centrifuging and chemical separation, which takes two days, the scientists are left with a perfectly clear solution of concentrated virus. When poured over a surface, the virus self-assembles into a layer of nano-tendrils, each pointing upward like a blade of grass.


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#BeckBromFL have you LIKED or COMMENTED on my new Facebook page yet

#BeckBromFL have you LIKED or COMMENTED on my new Facebook page yet RS Lawn Care Services RS Gardening Services is a local based company situated in South East London specialising in Turf Culture & Garden Maintenace...
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Health Tips: Get Fit with some spring gardening | St. Annes Housekeeping

Health Tips: Get Fit with some spring gardening | St. Annes Housekeeping | Gardening | Scoop.it
Find the time to garden three times a week for an hour at a time. Gardening not only makes your landscape pretty to look at, but also burns approximately 250 to 350 calories an hour.
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I  always  thought  that  gardening  was  for  health  ~  here  is  the  proof 

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Art of the garden: royal horticulture through the ages - Telegraph.co.uk

A new exhibition at Buckingham Palace celebrates centuries of gardens depicted in art, revealing as much about changing views of kingship as it does horticulture
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New  #Art  exhibition  opens  up  in  Buckingham Palace  this  year  ~  Scanning  through  the  centuries  of  #gardens  and  Kingship  combined  

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How to Grow an Excellent Rose Plants?

How to Grow an Excellent Rose Plants? | Gardening | Scoop.it
When you think about the flower garden, the very first thing comes into our minds are roses. Roses are the most incredible, elegant and fragrant flower which capture everyone’s eye ...

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This  is  an  easy  simple  guide  on  how  to  take  a  rose  cutting  

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Spring gardening tips: plant those cool-season veggies now

Spring gardening tips: plant those cool-season veggies now | Gardening | Scoop.it
Spring is approaching (and may appear to have already arrived for some, depending on where you are in B.C.). UBC horticulture instructor Egan Davis has some tips for those who are wondering how to set up their spring garden.
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Monthly gardening tips & advice - March / RHS Gardening

Monthly gardening tips & advice - March / RHS Gardening | Gardening | Scoop.it
Need some help and advice about your garden? Read advice from the RHS about what to do in your garden this month
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Good  sound  #Gardening  advise  from  the  RHS

 

As  the  temperatures  warms  the  soil  up  now  is  the  right  time  to  sow your  vegatables  crops.  This  where  I  found  this  RHS  guide  to  vegatable  growing  very  useful.

When  sowing  potatoes  however  is  a  different  story  ~   first  of  all  you  got  start  them  off  so  the  young  shoots  start  off   a  process  called  chitting  this  useally  start  in  easter  or  Good  Friday  to  be  exact ~  The  drills  have  to  be  deep  enough  to  cover  the  potatoes  otherwise  they  will  turn  green  and poisonous  (  as  the  Potatoe and  Tomatoe  belong  to  the  very  same  family  as  the  deadly  night  shade.

Also  the  drills  has  to  be  wide  apart  to  accomodate  the  piling  up  of  the  soil  arond  the  young  shoots  as  they  grow 

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Did Crane Flies Larvae Survive The #USA Northeast’s Winter? | Turf Magazine

Did Crane Flies  Larvae Survive The  #USA Northeast’s Winter? | Turf Magazine | Gardening | Scoop.it

Larvae of  a  crane  fly   AKA   leather  jacks  

Main  pest  of  lawn  cause  of  the  destruction  of  grass  roots  which  they  feed.

Followed  by  the  aftermath  of  birds  and  other  wild  life  feeding  on  them  

 

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This  article  I  found  very  interesting. Though  its  specifically  for  the  #USA  over  here  in  the  #UK  where  we  hardly  had  any  winter  at  all  we  still  get   these  pest  and  the  chaffer  bug  doing  a  whole  lot  of  damage  to  the  lawns.

If  you  got  this  problem  best  get  professional advise  first  before  doing  anything  to  your  lawn  ~  Its  a  pointless  task  laying  new  turf  down  where  you  haven#t  corrected  the  problem    

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Reading your Weeds - Mr. Green Lawncare

Reading your Weeds - Mr. Green Lawncare | Gardening | Scoop.it
A simple guide to understanding why weeds are present i …
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On  #nationallawncaremonth

Here  is  avery  simple  guide  on  why  weeds  are  growing  in  your  lawn 

Basicly  weeds  grow  where  there  they  is  very  little  competition  hence  a  healthy  lawn  is  always  weed  free  cause  the  grass  is  stronger  and  healthier 

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Why homegrown tomatoes really are healthier - and taste better

Why homegrown tomatoes really are healthier - and taste better | Gardening | Scoop.it
Scientists at Kew Gardens have found home-grown produce to contain higher levels of nutrients such as lycopene
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I  believe  its  got  to  be  the  sugars  ~  when  they  are  picked    they  are  transported  in  big  lorries  that  freeze  them  untill  they  are  placed  on  shelfs  in  the  suppermarkets  then  left  to  ripen  the  same  with  fruit

Freezing  interfeers  with  the  ripening  process   what  do  you  think 

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Testing Your Soil - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Testing Your Soil - Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
Soil testing is the best way to learn what nutrients are in your soil and what you need to add to grow healthy plants. In urban areas, soil testing is especially important because toxic metals like lead may have contaminated the soil.
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An  excelent  guide  into  how  to  test  the  sois 

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Thorny problems: what should I do about the invasion of the spanish slug?

Thorny problems: what should I do about the invasion of the spanish slug? | Gardening | Scoop.it

" What will  you  do  be  doing  about  the  invasion  of  the  Spanish  cannibal slugs"

 

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To  Me  they are the  gardeners  worst  nightmare   there  vorious  appetite will  lay  all  your  best  plans  to  waste  and  leave  you  nothing  but devestation  but  there  are  a  few  things  you  can  do  fight  back  and  that  is plant  a  coir  fibre  around  your  plants   the  rough  texture  does  deter  them  as  they  don't  like  anything  rough  on  there  underbelly.  Also  according  to  this  blog   Coir  is completely  sterile   so  its  an  ideal  protection  against  plant  diseaes  ~  Read  here  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/for-peat-sake-choose-another-compost/

For  more  insight  into  how  control  slugs  check  this  out  too  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/pest-disease-control/

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How To Control Aphids & Other Garden Pests Naturally

How To Control Aphids & Other Garden Pests Naturally | Gardening | Scoop.it
Organic Pest Control with Beneficial Insects and Sprays Sponsored by Neudorff – Natural Gardening As soon as the garden springs to life, so do those insect pests which can damage your vegetables and flowers.
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This  is very  interesting  article  on  pest  control  other  methods  is to  encourage  birds  by  leaving   fruit  around  where  the  aphids  are  this  add  as  their  tipple  when  they  start  eating  your  bugs   other  methods  are  described  in  my  Blog  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/ ;

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RS Lawn Care Services

RS Lawn Care  Services | Gardening | Scoop.it
RS Gardening Services is a local based company situated in South East London specialising...
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Its  all  in  a  days  work  at  RS  Lawn  care  services

 

Did  you  know  that  grass  starts  growing  when  the  temperature  reaches  50 degrees  or more.

Meaning  now  is  the  time  to  start  your  spring  care  maintenance

At  RS  Lawn  care  Services  I  not  only   cut  and  trim  your  lawn  I  look  after  it  for  throughout the  year.  

So  you  can  just  sit  back  and  enjoy  your  lawn  ~  http://www.rsgardencareservices.co.uk/Lawn-Care-Services.html

 

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Lawn Care: The Best Offense is a Good Defense | Tomlinson Bomberger

Lawn Care: The Best Offense is a Good Defense | Tomlinson Bomberger | Gardening | Scoop.it
Award-winning lawn care service and athletic field management specialists in Lancaster, PA discuss how to grow a thick, weed-free lawn.
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This article  is  so  true  where  ever  you either  in  the  USA  (  the  term crabgrass  gave  it  away)  We  don't  seem  to  have  that  problem  in  the  UK  but  we  do  have  our  share  of  weeds  in  lawns.

However, when  you  are  sowing    always  use  twice  as  much  as  specified  in  the  packet   them  ~  This  allows  for  birds  and  damping  off  or  poor  germination but  make  sure  that  they  are  evenly  dispersed.

For  best  results  use  the  simple  ratio  of  NPK  for    grass seed  starting  and  apply  it  before  you  apply  the  seeds.

Try  and  protect  the  seeds  from  birds  ~  I  devised  a  simple  open wooden  box  with  old   lace  curtains  over  the  top  to  protect  the  seeds  from  the  birds ~  within  two  weeks  the  seeds  started  to  show  through.

Then  next  time  put  the  mower  on  higher  cut   just  to  keep  it  short  ~  this  also  helps  the  roots  to  get  stronger

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Prospect of another bumper year for slugs debated

Prospect of another bumper year for slugs debated | Gardening | Scoop.it
Prospect of another bumper year for slugs debated - from Horticulture Week
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It  looks  likes  fro  this  article  that  we  are  due  to  anther  bumper  crop  slugs  this  year due  to  our  fine  weather  this  year  ~  here  is  Blog  I  published  years  back  on  how  to  control  this  pest  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/pest-disease-control/  

All so  watch  your  pets  (  lung  worm  )

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How to lay a lawn.

How to lay  a  lawn. | Gardening | Scoop.it

In the last we looked at How to Sow Grass Seed. Today we will look at creating an instant lawn using turf. Weather you call new grass Sod or Turf, the method of laying it is pretty much universal.


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This is an awesome guide on how to lay turf. But I like to add a few things too that might have been missed out
(1) prepare the ground in advance ~ otherwise the turf will turn yellow and rot down very quickly.
(2) over order  but only by 3 0r 4 rolls in case you miss calculated
(3) Should your time run out ~ lay your turfs out and water them thoroughly

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Pre-emergent – When To Apply | Walter Reeves: The Georgia Gardener

Pre-emergent – When To Apply | Walter Reeves: The Georgia Gardener | Gardening | Scoop.it
Many garden tasks can be done almost any time. I've transplanted shrubs in July and in December and had success. I fertilize my St. Augustine lawn three times a
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I  found  this  article  very  interesting.&  Informative Though We  dont have  that  weed here  in  the  Uk.  We  certaintly  do  have  our  fair  share  of  weeds  from  daisies  to  thistles.

  I  suppose  the  nearest  we  get  to  it  is  either  clover  (  which  is  beneficial  to  both  plants  and  soil as  well  beeing  a  indicator  that  your  turf  is  lacking  that  certain nutriment ) to  ground  elder  that  can take  over  your  garden if  its  not  controlled.

However  the  Information  provided  on  when  to  apply  the  pre-emergence  is  very  useful 

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Growing up with new method of vertical gardening - Sacramento Bee

Growing up with new method of vertical gardening - Sacramento Bee | Gardening | Scoop.it
Newcastle entrepreneur Kristel Gramlich comes up with Plantasy planters and a technique that makes “living art” easy.
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A  fascinating  insight  into  how  Kristel Gramlich  came  up  with  Plantsy  plantes 

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