Prepping Your Garden For Winter

As winter draws close, I know the thought of ditching your garden throughout this season might have crossed your mind. Hello, this is actually a good time to carry out some real and thorough gardening and landscaping maintenance.

Flowers blooming in garden ready for fall maintenance

Why don’t you use the cold weather and the fact that there will be fewer insects to your own advantage and carry out some vital fall gardening. Remember, putting the garden to bed in the fall makes it far easier and better to awaken it when the spring season comes.

Hydration is Key for Plant Survival

Many regions were victims of a very dry summer, the soil obviously needs water before winter. Once the drought season passes, plants must be hydrated properly going into the winter season.

Garden and plant watering in fall

Ensure that the garden is watered properly, paying more attention to anything that was recently planted, before Dormancy kicks in. Dormancy usually begins as temperatures drop during the fall.

Be careful to not turn your garden into a swamp of a pool of water, water the soils until they are damp and moist enough.

The Ideal Period To Fertilize Your Garden

Fertilizing your garden in the beginning of the fall season isn’t a very good idea. Ideally, you do not want to encourage growth in a period where you should be focused on your plants growing roots and getting ready for dormancy.

Typically, fertilizing your plants after they go dormant (around November) is perfectly alright for more woody plants. However, early spring fertilization is more beneficial to perennials.

Time to Put Your Garden to Bed

Putting your garden to bed simply means tidying and cleaning up your garden, having all the tools and items that you wouldn’t need during the fall season away till spring and making sure that things are well prepared and organized for when they are needed.

Clearing out your garden, and ridding them of pests and debris is a good way to ensure that you wouldn’t be neck deep in tidying during when spring comes around.

Watch this video for more instruction on putting the garden to bed.

Good Preparations Equal Great Results

Setting aside time in the fall to make sure that your garden is well prepared to face the winter season is the single most important factor that will guarantee that your garden remains beautiful when spring finally arrives. While this list is concise and brief, it covers all the basic and important points for your complete garden work.

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Diseases that Ruin Trees, Plants, and Gardens

In a perfectly balanced, natural landscape, insects, bacteria, and other microorganisms help the process of recycling nutrients and plants, and decomposition. These insects and microorganisms coexist in your garden to create a perfectly balanced habitat. However, if the balance becomes disrupted or you introduce a foreign element, it doesn’t take long for problems to arise. Take a look at and follow their pruning and cutting advice to avoid emergency tree removal and disease in your garden.

We’ll be looking at some of the diseases that ruin trees, plants, and gardens below.

Fire Blight Disease is Hard to Control

Fire Blight is a disease caused by bacteria. It gets its name from the devastating effects that make trees look burned. The first symptoms of fire blight become noticeable during early spring.

Fire blight can affect many areas of plants including the leaves, stems, blossoms, and fruit. When the weather gets wet, it causes a bacteria-ridden translucent sticky liquid to ooze from the infected plant parts.

Fungus Infections Affect Trees and Shrubs

Fungi generally live on decaying and dead trees and shrubs. Even so, it can still infect living trees and speed up their rate of decay, killing them faster. If you can see fungus growing on the bark of the tree then it’s a sign the tree is very infected. That is why you must inspect trees for fungus regularly.

Fungus attached and growing on diseased and dying tree

For more tips on avoiding fungus and fire blight, see

Insect Infestations Devastate Trees

Some insects create nests in tree foliage and live out their lives by eating through the greenery. As leaves provide the tree with all the necessary nutrients and food it needs, parasites starve the tree by reducing food supply. Some insects burrow into a tree, which opens the door for disease and rot to infect the tree and destroy it.

Check for New Growth Around the Tree Base

You might feel that new growth around the tree base is a sign that the tree is healthy and growing strong. However, new growth is a sign that the roots of the tree are suffocating, or that your tree isn’t getting enough food as the leaves are too damaged. New growth is a problem that typically points to some deeper and larger problem.

To learn about roots and managing tree suckers, watch this video:

<h3Mushrooms on or Around the Tree

If you see mushrooms are growing on or around the tree then it’s likely that your tree is dying or is already dead inside. Mushrooms need to have decaying material in order to grow. That means if there are mushrooms growing on or around the tree then you should call a tree professional. They can assess the tree and look for any additional damage.

Take a look at this visual fungus guide to identify whether you have a problem

Treat Infestations and Diseases As Soon as Possible

Don’t forget that plenty of damage has been done to your tree by the time that you notice any of the above issues. You need to be aggressive and act quickly to get rid of infections and infestations from your garden and trees.

Given the potential large costs caused by an unhealthy tree collapsing on to your home – or worse, your neighbor’s – it just makes sense to bring in the professionals as soon as you notice any potential problems.

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Everything You Always Wanted To Learn About Pruning

tree pruning and proper trimming of flowering treeTo enhance your landscape potential, proper plant, tree, and shrub pruning is very important. It can enhance the beauty of the plants in your garden, if done properly. However, if you do not know how to do it, you might ruin the entire look of the garden as a whole. We advise to make a list of these important reminders when doing tree pruning because if not done properly, the healthy plants can be deformed or weakened and they may eventually die. If pruning is done in such a manner that the lower leaves of the plant or the shrub do not receive enough air, water, or sunlight, the leaves might wither and fall off. The branches will then drop off in wind or storm. If you want to make your garden beautiful, read on…

Importance of right pruning

You need to be skilled to be able to prune right. If you are in question, it’s best to speak with an arborist or qualified tree company. Not everyone is a landscape pruner and you may not be an expert in using a chain saw on trees and plants. Remember, every year there are hundreds of plants and trees are killed due to wrongful pruning. Pruning is not just randomly cutting down plants and shrubs, but removing unwanted parts of the plants that are not required, and if cut will lead to healthy growth of the shrubs. It is a part of gardening practice that leads to extra energy for the development of fruits, flowers, and branches. It improves the overall health of the plants and shrubs in the garden.

Moreover, there is an overall impact on the landscape effect and value of the plant. If you do not want to do extensive and regular pruning of your garden, you need to choose your plants and shrubs carefully. You need to be sure that plants and the shrubs that you are choosing is not growing too large for the area you are landscaping. You should also find out the plants that require less of pruning and maintenance.

Why do you need to prune?

Though there are more reasons, Gardening Info lists a few of the reasons for pruning:

  • It helps to train the plant to take the desired shape and enhance the beauty of the garden.
  • To be able to maintain a healthy plant growth.
  • Pruning helps to improve the quality of fruits, flowers, stems, and foliage of the plants and shrubs in your garden.
  • To be able to restrict the growth of the plants and to give them the desired height only.


What is the right time to prune?

Pruning can be done at almost any time of the year. However, different plants can be pruned at different times of the year. However, even if it is not the right time of the year to prune the trees, they will not die if pruning or cutting of the unwanted parts of the plants is not done properly. Do not prune too much or too little. If you are not too sure of the time you should prune the plants, it is safe to cut them just before the growth season or spring starts. Another important consideration is if you have taken up gardening as your hobby, you must make it a point to buy the right pruning equipment.

Performing trimming properly and at the right time is critical. Learn more on the right time to prune, and enjoy healthy trees, plants, and a beautiful garden.

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How To Reduce Water Usage In Your Yard

Watering your garden is of course important. However, wasting water is not a good idea. Wasting water means an increase in the cost of gardening. Moreover, soon there will be a scarcity of water, especially during the winters. With just a few tricks you will be able to save water in your garden. You will be using less water and still maintain a beautiful garden. The fruits or flowers that you intend to grow will also flourish well. Learn the following tricks from to be able to manage water consumption of your garden:

You should regularly check the sprinkler system of the garden. After the winter season is over, as you return to your garden, turn the sprinkler system and check where the water is going. You may have to adjust the head of the sprinkler to point the water to where it is needed the most. Generally people use sprinklers with different types of heads attached. Sometimes the water from the sprinklers for the lawn overlaps and water reaches the nearby shrubs, trees and flower garden. If the water is more than what is required, this excess water will cause harm to the plants and vegetation in the garden. Remember, the sunny areas need more water than the shady areas. Thus, you need to adjust the watering system of your garden accordingly.

water usage in yard

Most of the sprinklers that you get either sprinkles water in a semi-circular or circular motion. You need to place the sprinklers in the right manner for the water to reach only the desired areas of the garden or lawn. If there are any corners in the garden where the water is not reaching, you should not think of plantation in those areas.

In your garden you should always avoid too much of gravel and plastic. This will not just reduce the area of the lawn, but will not help to reduce the water consumption. On the other hand, if you use light colored gravel in the lawn, it will reflect heat and thus, there will be a greater water loss. If you cover areas in your lawn with plastic, the shrubs and plants underneath will face oxygen starvation and will develop shallow roots inside the plastic, which will lead to consumption of water without any fruitful result. That is the reason for gardening, breathable fabrics are better choices.

If you are considering mulch, you need to know that using wood chips and bark chunks are the best choice. Do not use plastic or fabric for making the mulch. The mulch from organic materials will allow adequate water and air penetration. It will also keep the soil underneath cool. if you want to conserve water, you should put mulch about four inches deep. This will discourage weeds and of course help in conserving the water.

You should also know when to water the plants and understand the condition of the soil. You should never gauge the water needs of the plants just by looking at the soil. You should check the condition of the water underneath before watering the plants again.

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Tips for Gardening Equipment

Nearly every gardener has some type of gardening equipment.  In fact, it’s nearly impossible to have a garden without used gardening equipment.  What kind of gardening equipment you use will obviously depend on the size and extent of your garden, what you are able to handle, if you want to spend a lot of time in your garden or get done quickly, and finally, how much money you are willing to spend.

While many gardeners do not have expensive or high-tech gardening tools, all of them have some type of gardening equipment for cultivating.  Tools for cultivating can include both hand held tools and power tools.  What kind you buy depends on how serious of a gardener you are.  Hand tools include your everyday items like shovels, spading forks, rakes, trowels, and diggers.  These can all be used to get a garden ready for planting and are relatively easy and do not require much strength to use.  Other tools include a wheel cultivator, pickax, and mattock.

While power tools are a little more expensive than hand tools, they really cut down on the hard labor.  The most essential piece of gardening equipment is undoubtedly the tiller.  The tiller will break up the ground and get it ready for planting, chop up any debris, and help mix in fertilizer and compost.  If you don’t want to spend the money on a tiller you can hire someone or rent a tiller for one time use.  Other power tools that are very popular include chippers, garden shredders, and chain-saws.

If you have shrubs, hedges, or small trees in your yard, pruning tools are a vital piece of gardening equipment.  Pruning shears are good for branches about ¾” in diameter, while lopping shears can handle branches from a half inch up to about 2 inches.  Pole pruners are on a pole and can reach branches about 15 feet above ground.  Hedge shears and pruning saws are both larger, more heavy duty pruning tools for the serious gardener.

Since your plants must be watered in order to survive, and lets face it, it doesn’t rain whenever we want it to, gardening equipment for watering is a must have.  The one thing you can’t get along without is a water hose, everything after that is optional.  Many gardeners use sprinklers or s drip irrigation hose.  There are even timers you can purchase for sprinklers or drip hoses, if you are willing to drop the extra cash.

Gardening without gardening equipment would be a nightmare.  Sure there are some people who enjoy getting a little dirty while they plant their flowers, but even those types of people have the most basic of gardening tools, like a rake or a hoe.  Gardening equipment is a part of gardening, as important as the dirt and the seeds.


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3 Easy To Grow Fruits

Your body is a biologically created mechanical structure! Just like any other man-made machine that requires the right amount of lubricant to function, your body also requires an adequate amount of nutrition and vitamin in order to function properly.  Your body gets these vital elements from consuming vegetables and fruits.

In the earlier times, fruits and vegetables were grown without any added chemicals and pesticides, but in the 21st century the tables have turned.  These days a lot of pesticides and chemicals are being used in order to grow fruits and vegetables. These artificial chemicals and pesticides are doing more of harm than good to the people who are consuming these vegetables and fruits. So, how can you prevent yourself from consuming poison? Well, the best way is by growing your own fruits and vegetables.

Nowadays, people when building their dream house are keeping just enough space either in their front yard or their backyard. The reason for doing this is either for flower gardening or vegetable and fruit gardening. Personally growing fruits and vegetables means using no artificial fertilizers and pesticides. People tend to do only organic farming with the help of biodegradable waste. So, what types of fruits can you grow in your backyard or front yard? Here is a detailed list of few of such fruits.

Mulberry Tree      

Mulberry tree

The mulberry tree takes about 10 years or more for it to bear fruits provided you have planted a seed. However, you can certainly speed up the process by planting an organically-raised dwarf or semi-dwarf by purchasing it from a local nursery store. You can place this plant in the outdoors where there is plenty of sunshine or you can even place them indoors where the temperature is warm and also bright. The mulberry tree bears a long, large and black fruits which look similar to a blackberry fruit. The season for the fruit to ripen is during the early summers.  Mulberry 2

Meyer Lemon Tree     

It really does not matter whether you grow this tree in your front yard or on a pot all you will have to make sure that the tree gets a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight. Places that are extremely hot can place the tree in the outdoors for the morning sunlight and during the afternoon you should make sure that it is kept in a shade. You will have to make sure that the soil on which the tree has been planted has got good drainage facility. However, you will also have to make sure that the Lemon treesoil stays moist with enough water.


Strawberry is one such fruit that does not require much patience to bear its fruits. These are also very popular fruit for growing in the house. No need of allotting a bigger space for growing strawberries as they are able to bear fruits anywhere and everywhere. Strawberries are rich with vitamin C content. This fruit can be enjoyed all throughout the year.

Not all fruits are easy to grow, but fruits like mulberries, strawberries, and lemon are easy, convenient, and effortless to grow in the house. However, if you are looking for ways to grow other fruits it is best that you do a bit of research work on the Internet.        strawberries

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Organic Gardening – Success is in your Hands

Why is it more and more people are turning to growing their own organic foods. Certainly most seem to be turning to growing their own organic foods because of the substantial health benefits that they provide.

Other reasons could be because they know that their foods are both GM free and do not have any synthetic chemicals on them, plus it may be the thought of gathering their own food from the garden and placing it on the table in minutes, which means they retain all the valuable and health enhancing nutrients that our bodies need.

They even may just do it for the pleasure of losing themselves in the delight of spending time in their own garden or even spending time with their teaching and teaching them how to garden.

Others have taken up not only for the points above but also they have found it is a creative outlet that they never thought they had or they just feel that they are doing their bit to help the environment.

However there are certain practices that must be followed if you wish to have a healthy and high yielding organic garden and such strategies or systems need to be put in to place to make sure the soil is healthy, keeping the plants well watered, ensuring the insect population in your garden is well balanced and planning and rotating crops correctly.

You need to have a nutrient rich, well balanced soil that is high in microbial activity and this can be achieved quite simply by continually adding organic matter to your soil. One of the best ways of achieving this is by using compost (you could even make your own which has its own added benefits), use green manures, ensure you have good crop rotation and a “no” dig policy. Remember a high yielding garden is highly dependent on the soil being healthy.

The use of deep watering regularly will help to encourage the plants in your garden to develop a deep root system and this helps them to take on more water and nutrients, which when provides you with strong and healthy plants. By using mulch on your garden you are able to prevent moisture loss, soil erosion and also reduce weeds appearing. If you are able to install an irrigation system (especially one fitted with a timer) will not only benefit you (you don’t have to remember to go out and water the plants each day), it will also benefit your garden and the environment.

If you want your garden to be free from chemicals or sprays then you need to ensure you have the right balance of both good and bad insects (those that will assist and those that are harmful) in your garden is also important. Yes I did say bad insects! Just imagine if there were no bad insects in your garden on which the good ones to feast, you will find that they will either die or go else where. Imagine what would have if you found your garden full of predatory insects and then you became inundated with carrot fly, you would find it very difficult to stop them and you may end up having to use a chemical spray to deal with them. This is something that all costs should not be considered in an organic garden.

So by arming yourself with companion planting practices, i.e., using practical ways of outwitting bad insects as nature intended. The plant combinations that you use will help to confuse the enemy (bad insects) by masking the smell and shape of those plants which they often use to locate their favourite food.

Now that we have covered the basics above you now need to decide what you are going to grow and how much and when. Certainly you will know your family’s food needs better than me or anyone else, so don’t bother growing something (say brussel sprouts) if you family will not eat them. You also need to remember that certain plants will like certain temperatures, soils for growing in. Plants such as cucumbers, pumpkins and melons need to be grown in a warm temperature (it may be wise to invest in a greenhouse); certainly do not try to grow them in winter (your crop will fail).

Another thing you must consider it the rotation of crops if this is not carried out the soil will become depleted of the particular nutrients and elements that a plant needs as is continuously planted in the same place each year. It also results in the crop becoming depleted year on year as the nutrients it requires are declining in the soil.

If possible plan what you are going to plant in your garden each season (a good time to do this is during the winter evenings) and if possible keep a garden journal as it will become extremely handy when planning your garden each year. It will provide you with information on what work you have done previously and if there are ways of doing things differently as well as if you planted too much or too little of one particular crop to meet your family’s needs.

If you have found the above to be a bit overwhelming, just remember you are looking for progress in your garden and not perfection. Once you have started you will find that things improve as you go along. So there is no excuse for you not to start your own organic garden to today and hopefully the information provided above will help you’re off and you can build on this as you gain more experience and knowledge.

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