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Top Tips To Achieving A Healthy And Thriving Garden

Every person would love to have a beautiful and peaceful garden where they can relax and indulge in nature. The goal is to have a healthy garden that is well maintained and neat at all times. You should be prepared to put in the work to have a garden that stands out and that has healthy plants and flowers throughout the seasons. This can easily be achieved by providing an environment that has sunlight, water and nutrients required by the plants to thrive. So, how exactly can you achieve the garden of your dreams?

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The soil is the foundation that your flowers and plants will grow in and the richer it is the healthier they will be. The type of soil that you grow your plants is highly determined by the natural composition of the garden as well as the location you are in. It is highly advisable to obtain a soil test to help you identify on the nutrient levels available in your soil because without this information, you will never be sure whether your plants are getting the right nutrients to thrive.

Caution should be practiced when applying fertilizer as too much of it can burn the roots, thus making it hard to absorb water. This will in turn make the plants highly susceptible to stress as a result of heat, cold and drought. Adding a layer of mulch around the plant will assist in keeping weeds away and retaining moisture.

This will in turn assist in adding nutrients to the soil especially if quality organic materials are used for the mulch. If you are not sure about the quantity of mulch to use, you can use an online calculator. Inspect the soil frequently and be on the lookout for pesky weeds that will use up all the nutrients for your plants. Use pesticides where necessary to get rid of bugs such as beetles which will pose a threat to your plants.

Provide enough space for growth

It is important to ensure that you provide enough space for the plants to grow without having to compete for nutrients, moisture and sunlight. You should note that when plants are placed too near to one they will be weak due to the competition and will spread diseases quickly due to the contact. Crowded plants provide an environment for diseases like downy mildew, powdery mildew and rust to thrive.

So, there should be sufficient spacing to ensure that there is airflow around the plants, thus reducing high relative humidity and allowing foliage to dry faster. You should trim out old, damaged or crowded stalks, or alternatively divide the plants to create some spacing. Pruning will also assist in maintaining a tidy growth and prevent any chance of crowding as the plants grow and spread.

Proper garden tools

Garden tools are crucial in order to maintain good growing conditions for the plants thus ensuring healthy plants. Be informed that defective tools can have a negative effect not only to the plants but also you could end up injuring yourself. You should ensure that the tools are well maintained and oiled annually to prevent rust as they will be exposed to water every now and then. All the tools should be cleaned after use and properly stored in perfect conditions always. Some common garden tools are rakes, hoes, spades and shears among other. It is important to ensure that you have all the necessary tools to maintain the garden and make your gardening experience more fulfilling.

At Kings County Nurseries, we have a range of gardening tools and will even advise you depending on what you are looking for. We will ensure that you have healthy plants in Brooklyn which will be the envy of the entire neighborhood.

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Tips On How You Can Turn Your Yard Into A Peaceful And Happy Place

Landscaping is a simple way to increase the value as well as improve the aesthetics of your home. There is a common misconception that this is only something that the wealthy can afford. However, anyone can easily attain an inviting and elegant yard with simple upgrades. It is highly advisable to work with a reputable and experienced landscaper to ensure that you get the best value for your money.

This is because a professional will ensure that you get an organized look that incorporates all the elements of height, color, texture and balance. The professional will also make the work easier for you and not have to deal with the hard spots in the yard. To get started on your landscaping project here are some tips to guide you along:

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Set up a budget

Landscaping is a crucial part of any home improvements however you should note that it will demand your dedication, time and money. You should ensure that you select a landscaping level that you can maintain and enjoy at the same time. A landscaping rule of thumb that you might not be aware of is that you should spend approximately 10% of your home value on landscaping if you are starting afresh. This includes everything from lighting, irrigation systems, fences, decks and pergolas among others.

Keep in mind that you need to buy tools such as pruner, trowels, leaf blower, electric edging tool cultivator and digger among others. These tools will ensure the job is done much faster and easier, thus saving you time as you manage your yard. Having a justified budget will ensure that your budget will not be stalled in case funds run out and that you have all the tools you need.

Come up with a plan

Before you even begin purchasing plants and materials for the landscaping, you should take time to come up with a plan to ensure that you buy everything that you will need. Working with a designer will help you come up with a plan that will take into account the fixed features like the driveway, pools, walkways and the house itself. This will also include existing trees and other plants in the yard so that you can know how to incorporate any other new plants.

The home systems such as air conditioning units, roofing materials, gutters and water pipes should also be in your plan. You need to ensure that their functionality is not compromised when landscaping. Take time to inspect your yard so that you are familiar with each nook and cranny to help you in space planning. You will also get to know the sun patterns which will come in handy when planning the plants layout. The planning phase is important as it will help save you money, efforts and time.

Take note of the season

Depending on the season you will need to pay extra attention to certain areas of your yard and the plants that you select to plant. There are certain plants and flowers that will bloom throughout the year and some will be available during particular seasons. For instance, during winter, you should not expect to have a green lawn. It is highly advisable to take into account the local weather conditions and environment as this will come into account in maintaining balance in nature. If you are not sure on where to start, you can contact us at Kings County Nurseries and will we guide you in your landscaping project. Most garden centers in NYC will have everything you need but for annual plants, you need to call to confirm for availability; we have these all the time. What’s more, we will also advise you on how to deal with pests and diseases that often attack plants in our local environment.

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HOUSE PLANTS

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We have a great selection of quality Tropical House Plants. Perfect to clean and oxygenate your home’s air.

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Starting Seeds Indoor

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A great way to shake off the winter blues and get a jump on spring is to start plants from seed indoors. It’s not only fun and easy to do but also rewarding, since it allows home gardeners the opportunity to grow plant varieties that may not be available from local plant growers. The opportunities are endless with many unique varieties of flowers, vegetables, and even ornamental vines available in seed form.

To get started, come visit our seed department. Once you have made your selections, look on the back of the packet for basic information such as germination time and an estimate of how long to grow the plant indoors before transplanting into the garden. Find out the average safe date for transplanting your plant in our area, and then count backwards to find out how early you can start your seeds. If you have a greenhouse or cold frame to transplant into, adjust accordingly.

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ROOF TOP GARDENS

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Turn your hot black roof into a green oxygen factory! Birds and people both appreciate the conversion of rooftop to garden. We can help you design a place to entertain on summer evenings, or a vegetable and herb garden that will compliment your dinner table with the taste of the country. We will guide you every step of the way, from choosing the right containers, to finding the correct planting medium. Make this your best summer ever!

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ARTIFICIAL GRASS

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We now carry a premium line of Artificial grass!
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GARDEN CENTER

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Family owned and operated since 1955, Kings County has continued to provide our customers with a large variety of perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees, shrubs, evergreens and soils. We also offer a large selection of planting seeds, organic products, fertilizers, pottery and much more for your gardening needs..

Our expert staff is always willing to give information and advice for all inquiries. Free estimates for landscape design and maintenance is also a service we provide. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us. We’re glad you are here and hope to see you soon.

We Now Carry Nisco Plastic Pots

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LANDSCAPING

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Tasteful landscape designs are great introductions to your home. Call us for a free estimate on a custom landscape and maintenance to keep your lawns and gardens healthy and happy.

We Now Carry Hydroponic Supplies!