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Problems And Solutions For Your Garden Top Soil

Having quality soil in your garden for growing your plants is very essential. Not only should it continuously get good nutrients, but it should also be well aerated and drained. This is when adding top soil can prove to be very beneficial although, there are several problems that you may encounter which need to be properly solved.

Soil compaction

With all the equipment and machinery that is present in the construction of a new home, deck, walkways, patios and paths, losing your top soil is not common. This makes the precious top soil to be compacted.

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By using aerating machines, especially where a lawn is already in place, this can open up the small holes in the soil. Alternatively, for bare ground, getting as much organic matter into it would help with the drainage of the heavy clay soil and rejuvenate the holding water capacity of the soil. Where soil compaction occurs around a tree, it is essential to drill holes into the ground from the trunk outwards to the far end of the leaves. Then, mulch or compost can be added to allow air and water to allow percolation through the soil and at the same time feeding the roots.

Soil drainage

For plants to thrive and survive, getting a constant oxygen supply is necessary. If this does not occur, the top soil usually becomes waterlogged. This can be resolved by the construction of elevated beds and mounds filled with soil which drains well. If necessary, you might also have to construct a pipe drainage system or a French drain that will allow water to flow from the garden.

Soil bacteria

Bacteria are present in all soils including the healthy top soil. While there are many bad disease causing bacteria, there are those that are very beneficial. Certain fungi and bacteria are a big component of ensuring that soil remains healthy by ensuring that they decompose certain materials.

In cases where you find your top soil has bad bacteria, seeking assistance to introduce the alternative good organisms can restore your garden.

Soil pollution

With the ever increasing soil pollution caused by man that leads to chemicals and other kinds of materials penetrating into the soil, this can be a big burden. Not only would it lead to the death of plants and trees, but your top soil can become polluted limiting the ability of other plants growing. This can be resolved by first establishing the source of the pollution, ensuring quick rectification and thereafter replacing this soil with good healthy quality top soil.

Soil quality

The three basic types of soil which are loam, clay and sandy soils, they too also encounter some problems. For sandy soil, they usually do not retain water well, resulting in intensive irrigation and increased fertilizer usage. This topsoil problem is usually best resolved by adding organic matter, thereby enabling water and nutrient retention.

The heavy and thick characteristic of clay soils makes them not drain well. By ensuring you add compost and coarse sand as well as some extra fertilizer, your soil can get proper nourishment.

Despite the good characteristics of loam soil from being able to drain well and contain rich nutrients, testing the soil for its acidity or alkalinity is necessary. Whether you opt to seek professional help to assess the soil or opt to add compost, buffering of the soil pH is important.

Ensuring that your top soil in NYC is well cared for is the best way to maintain your garden. As problems arise, you should always be on hand to tackle them to avoid the death of your plants. Next time when you notice any of the above problems, be sure to resolve them as quick as possible.


Space Is Not An Issue With Potted Plants!

Potted plants provide gardening enthusiasts with flexibility as they can be used in the garden or even indoors. Additionally, if you have a small garden you can take advantage of potted plants to make use of vertical space. You can rearrange the pots or planters to add a different dimension to your garden depending on the sun’s position or the seasons. A lot of homeowners are using potted plants as part of their interior décor and at the same time bringing nature to the indoors. It is important to note that you will need to take care of the plants just as you would in the garden. Below are some tips to help you get the most out of your potted plants:

Select the right pots/planters

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There are various options in the market for pots and the kind you choose mostly depends on your budget and style preference. Plastic, fiberglass and resin are ideal if you are looking for a lightweight option which can withstand weather conditions as well as be easy to move from one position to another. However, if you are looking for a sturdier option, then clay or wood pots will work just fine for your potted garden.

You should note that it is highly advisable to have at least one hole at the bottom of the container to allow the water to drain and move freely. Also, remember to place a dish or saucer at the bottom of the container so that the water does not drain all away. Insufficient drainage will result in the plants dying prematurely as the roots will drown.

Select the right plants

Select plants based on texture, shape, height, color, moisture and desired theme to ensure you get the look you are interested in. Annual plants are the most common plants that most people will think of first when looking for plants for their pots. However, you can pair annuals and perennials to achieve unique look. Do not overlook grass- like plants and ornamental grasses as they can be used to make a bold statement.

Almost any shrub, herb, flower or vegetable can be grown successfully in a pot or planter as all you need to know is how to care for it to ensure it receives maximum nutrients, light and moisture. Potted plants are usually the focal point in the garden and as such they should receive extra special attention. Cut back or dig out any plants that clash or do not grow well, and prune back those that have stopped blooming or are getting leggy. For large containers, you should apply mulch just like you do for the other plants in the garden as it will also assist in retaining moisture.

Using potting mix

The soil from your garden may not do when it comes to potted plants, so you will need to purchase potting mix. This does not necessarily mean there is something wrong with the soil in your garden since they probably have all the nutrients your plants need. However, growing potted plants is a lot challenging and you have to be sure the restricted area has everything the plant requires. The plant will require a good balance between nutrients and healthy moisture level.

Quality potting mix has all the right nutrients specially designed to provide the plant with nourishment as long as possible. If you are looking for quality potting mix, you can contact us at Kings County Nurseries because we are the leaders in Manhattan nurseries. At the same time, you can get the opportunity to select your plants and get advice from our highly qualified professionals. It is important to use precaution when using potting mix for your nurseries by wearing a face mask and gloves.


Unique Landscaping Plants You Might Not Know Yet

There are hundreds of landscaping plants out there. What many people don’t know is that the best ones are not the ones which have a wide popularity. Plants such as holly shrubs, tulips, oak trees and rose bushes are well known by non-gardeners. You might have used known familiar species in the past, but that does not necessarily mean that they are the best for a landscaping project. Here are unique landscaping plants you might not have known about:


Oakleaf hydrangeas

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Oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) are flowering deciduous shrubs. The shape of their leaves have very distinctive features. The leathery leaves are very large and turn red, orangey-bronze or purple in the fall. Their white flowers eventually fade into pinkish brown and their floral display is long lasting. The shrubs achieve a height of between 4- 6 inches, although they can grow taller than that. They are multi stemmed and that means that branches can shoot out in any direction from the centre. They require very little pruning and pruning is done only if the shrub suffers any damage especially in winter.

These plants are popular for their long blooming period. It is the sepals which anchor the floral display rather than the petals. Since the sepals are sterile, meaning they cannot be pollinated and go into a seed, there are normally free to provide yards with a beautiful color throughout the summer period.

Where else Oakleaf hydrangea plants are attractive enough to act as specimen plants, they are also suitable for woodland gardens. Their leaves which are big, give them a plant texture that is coarse, which can contrast very well with plants which have delicate textures. Once dried, their flowers can be used in crafts.



When it is spring you might probably think of tulips. But there is Adonis that you may not have heard of. It is unquestionably far much better than the tulip. Adonis Vernalis and Adonis amurensis are the most common species of the Adonis plant. Rock gardens are the most suitable places to grow these plants. During summer they both go dormant at some point.

Adonis plants, which are perennial, usually bear very attractive foliage and cheerfully yellow colored flowers. Their precociousness in blooming is no doubt their outstanding feature. They begin blooming between late February and early March. Their beautiful flowers which are the first to bloom in early spring definitely have no competition for our affection.


Lenten rose

Are you wondering why we have roses in the list while roses are so common? Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis) is not a rose at all: it is a hellebore. Hellebore is a funny name to many people and that’s why they prefer to use a name which is common, Lenten rose. These plants are perennials and in warm climates, their leaves are evergreen. They may at times remain green over winter, although they may be ratty just before spring arrives. By then, fortunately new leaves are usually on their way.

At first, most of their flowers are purple in color, but fade over time to a light mauve. The flowers can also be in other colors such as pink, green, red, blue and yellow. They have sepals which are extremely long lasting. They first emerge in early spring and persist throughout the summer period.


Kiwi vines

You might have heard of kiwis before, but the type of kiwi we are talking about here is totally different. What stands out in kiwi vines is their variegated foliage which attracts many people to grow them. In spring, when their leaves emerge, they are green in color: but they pick up white splotches as time goes on. Some leaves may even develop pink tips. For the ornamental grower, this is no doubt an outstanding feature. In addition, the white color in their leaves has a very interesting frosty appearance which leaves everyone questioning whether the color is natural in the first place.

Kiwi vines should be grown in supporting structures such pergolas, arbors, wooden fences or sturdy trellises for optimal display. They function as privacy screens during the summer. Pruning should be done in winter where the weak shoots are pruned and the most vigorous shoots concentrated on.


Crown imperial

Crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) is a spring flowering bulb plant with a robust stem and sword-shaped leaves. It is no wallflower. The plants have bell-shaped flowers which nod their heads down. The inner markings are extremely exquisite and have brilliant shiny white dots at the petal base. Their flowers normally bloom in late spring.

The best planting time of these plants is fall, although precise planting time entirely depends on your zone. Although the bulb plant presents a number of challenges, it is one of the best plants to have in your garden.

All in all, if you seek the best results when it comes to landscaping in Brooklyn, you now know what plants you can try to lift your landscaping efforts up a notch. Talk to us today if you want unique plants for your landscaping project.


What Kind Of Herbs Do Well Indoors?

Planting herbs indoors as well as outdoors has become a favorite pastime for many people today. Herbs whether grown indoors or outdoors pay great profits in terms of good scents, good flavor and good looks. The intoxicating aroma of lemon verbena, the magical allure of fresh thyme, oregano, and rosemary, the refreshing smell of freshly chopped chives sprinkled over soup or an omelet, all these makes it hard not to get zealous about herbs. And best of all, these rewards are not limited to any season of the years or even gardens ,as with only a few pots of herbs that are well placed indoors, it is possible to have a good supply of superb herbal gifts and flavors throughout the year.


Which are some of the herbs that grow well indoors?

You should note that not all herbs like indoor life. Dill, garden cress, and coriander are all short-lived annuals that when cut for harvest, do not re-grow. To produce a continuous crop, these herbs need to be re-sowed. Five pots of each plant, each at a different growth stage, are more than enough. And while at it, forget trying to grow dill, coriander and other spice herbs indoors for their seeds as they won’t set enough to warrant the effort.

Not that unless there is plenty of light, growth of a majority of indoor herbs slow down, sometimes even stopping during certain seasons of the year even with sufficient warmth. When their growth slows down, it is recommended that you reduce harvest and hold back a little on the water. It is also recommended to reduce indoor temperatures to the ranges of 60° to 65° if possible.

Herbs grow very well indoors when placed in window boxes. All that is required is to fill in the box with soil up to the rim of the pots. This encourages more lush growth than when planted in stand-alone pots. The extra soil ensures humidity remains even and prevents the herbs from becoming pot-bound., something that helps the plants to grow better. Furthermore, the roots do not become intertwined when the herbs are planted this way. That being said, here are some of the commonly planted indoor plants in NYC.



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This is one of the commonest herbs planted indoors around NYC. To get good results, make a point of bringing in established plants from the garden at the end of the season. This is because parley grown indoors from the seed never reaches the productivity and size of plants dug from the garden. When already established plants are planted, the old leaves fall off and new ones come out. The thick taproot in this case drives new growth from the center. The soil around the taproot in this case must be kept intact. When planting, make sure to use a pot that is deep enough to accommodate the root.


Chives and French tarragon

These are good for planting in the cold months of the year. They should be planted in pots and then placed in unheated garages or sheds. When outdoor temperatures begin to rise, the plants will put out succulent new growth.



This is one of the commonest herbs grown indoors by many homeowners. But for the plant to do well, make sure to slowly by slowly adjust the plant to lower light indoors. It should be placed in partial shade for 2-3 weeks and then in deeper shade for another 2-3 weeks prior to bringing it indoors. When enough new growth appears, then it means your plant is ready to go into the house.

All in all, you should make sure to provide sufficient light for plants planted indoors as failure to do so only leads to their slow and sure death.

Other herbs that can do well indoors include:

• Greek oregano

• Spicy Globe basil

• Broadleaf thyme

• creeping savory

• Vietnamese coriander

• Cuban oregano

• Dwarf garden sage

• And many more!

Dealing with water, soil and fertilizers

After proper light, soil is the other most important elements when it comes to producing healthy herbs indoors. The majority of herbs planted indoors also require excellent drainage, in particular during the cold months of the year, as this is season where the transpiration rates are the lowest. To improve the drainage without sacrificing nutrients, it is recommended that you opt for a good and sterilized compost-based mixture. Supplementary feeding with liquid fertilizers is also required for proper growth. When the plants are actively growing, make sure to feed this mixture once per week.

Watering the plants is something that should never be taken for granted. Generally speaking, water less frequently and more thoroughly only when the soil gets dry. Remember that overwatering can lead to the death of your indoor plants.


Combating pests

Herbs are susceptible to common pests such as thrips, spider mites, scale insects, mealybugs, whiteflies, and many others. The best way to control these pests is to inspect the herbs on a regular basis and then applying the appropriate herbicide.


Transform Your Yard Into A Native Plant Landscape With Wildflower Meadows

Native plants in Brooklyn such as wildflower meadows are fast disappearing due to human activities like chemical application, agribusiness, urban development, and the likes. This in turn has led erosion, a disconnection of people to the land, reduced genetic diversity that is necessary for a balanced ecosystem, and loss of wildlife habitat. This notwithstanding, you can still turn your yard into a native plant landscape by planting wildflower meadows. The diversity of wildflower meadows and their eye-catching colors can help turn a boring yard into the best and most attractive around a neighborhood.

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Unfortunately, planting just a few plants in your yard does not give the best results where wildflower meadows are concerned. These plants take a number of years to fully adapt to the environmental conditions of an area. It also takes years for these plants to develop complex associations with the surrounding plants, microorganisms and animals. Planted wildflower meadows however can rival the natural growing varieties and result into many low maintenance merits over time. However, this is only after the plants have established appropriately to fit with the surrounding plants. Do you need some recommendations for establishing wildflower meadows in sunny, open and well-drained areas?

But before getting started, it is good to note that natural meadows perform well in areas like prairies or alpine slopes, where environmental features are able to bring to an end the natural succession of unwanted plants and limit the growth of woody species. Because the majority of meadow plants are in transitional stage, in time, they are replaced by trees and shrubs. To maintain a proper wildflower meadow garden at your yard over time, it is recommended that you manage them well.

The majority of meadow gardeners struggle to have a good field of wildflowers die to a number of factors, with limiting native grass growth being one of them. What they fail to realize is that grasses are an important constituent of a self-sustaining and low-maintained wildflower meadow yard. A wildflower meadow gardener needs to encourage desirable native grasses in their yards so as to discourage the proliferation of destructive non-native grasses that only lead to the death of the meadow plants.


Choosing the right wildflower meadows

Wildflower meadows are a complex and interactive plants that do well when planted in a group. However, they are not just a group of individual plants. Make sure to select a combination of native wildflower species and that with time can be able to sort themselves out naturally. Species that best adapt to your area are the ones that flourish over time, and thus need to be chosen. Before planting the meadows, make a point of inventorying the garden and the microhabitats in it. Because low-lying wet areas, shady areas, and open fields all require different plant varieties, it pays to first determine which plants best suits each area.

Make sure to plant biennials, annuals and perennials where wildflower meadows are concerned. Also ensure to plant an assortment of native meadow species that can be able offer color all through the growing season. And if in doubt of which plants to opt for, simply do some research so as to ensure that the plant varieties you have selected are not on your state’s poisonous weed list as planting can be very dangerous to people and animals around your home.


Which are the native grasses that do well with wildflower meadows?

There are quite a number of native grasses that allow room for wildflowers proliferation. These include buffalo grasses, big bluestem, sideoats grama and lindheimer muhly. Apart from allowing room for wildflower meadow propagation, these grasses also offer gaps for herbaceous plant establishment. Non-native grasses like annual rye and St. Augustine are too aggressive to allow the meadows to become properly established. This is because they produce a lot of seeds in late spring or early summer when they mature, giving unfair competition to meadows that grows during the cold months of the year. Warm-season grasses and other plants restart growing in late-spring and go on growing until early fall. They go on to produce a lot of foliage in summer months, making them the best as they do not compete for food with wildflower meadows.


Preparing the soil for planting

Once you have selected the meadows that are suitable to the microhabitats in your area, you can be assured that they will do well without soil improvement once they are established. Meadow species such as bluebonnet do very well when the soils have been tilled. Plant your wildflower meadows as well as the native grass immediately the competing vegetation has been brought under control.

The best season for planting wildflower meadows in Brooklyn is fall. However, note that some seeds require a chilling phase so as to break out of their dormancy. Others have tough seeds that require scarifying or wearing down to allow their germination. But whichever the case, sowing wildflower meadow seeds in the fall offers the best conditions that are required to break out the seed dormancy.

That said, wet and warm spring weather encourages the seeds to start germinating. Native wildflower meadows ideally must be planted following the nature’s seeding schedule. If rains do not fall within a couple of days after sowing the seeds, make sure to water the site thoroughly, at least once, for them to properly germinate.


How to Arrange Your Garden Shed Like A Pro

With the summer coming, you are probably in a dilemma of choosing between gardening out under the hot sun or staying indoors to enjoy your summer vacation if you dread the heat. How about doing a bit of both? Bring order to your garden shed chaos, arrange tools and supplies neatly so that you can minimize the time you spend searching for your garden tools.

Garden shed organization may seem like a daunting and mundane task for a lot of people with their shed covered with cobweb or overflowing with bags of unused fertilizers, plant pots, unwanted television and recyclable newspaper. To help you take care of your space, follow DIY projects, tips and instruction below and transform your old shabby shed into a dream-like garden shed.

Hang Your Tools Up

A pegboard is simply a functional backdrop for a garden shed as it gets the tools off the ground and organized for better accessibility. A peg board hook can be easily bought and you can hang almost everything to it with this. It is mostly used to keep small tools like scissors, hammer or screwdrivers handy and organize. You could also add on little basket or plastic cups to hold cans of pest repellants and screws neatly.

As for a peg rail organizer, they are simple pegs added to your wall, which gives you a more space to hang bigger items like shovel, spading fork and spade rather than placing these essential gardening tools behind the door. Pegs are inexpensive and all you need to do is drill a hole and place them on your wall.

Use Bins to Store Bagged Gardening Products Together

Prevent messy spills from heavy bags of birdseed, fertilizer and top soil by using plastic baskets like those we use as rubbish bins, you can easily store under your working table. By labeling the bins, you can get any supplies very quickly. Remember to store all your bagged gardening products together as it becomes easier to locate any products.

Install Cabinets

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Cabinets are not hard to install and need not be bought in a furniture shop. You can build them yourself using old wine crates or DIY your cabinet using hardboards. These cabinets can be stacked on top of one another to create more space to place your items. Remember to secure the crates together at a desired and safe height. You could also hang them to keep things off the ground to be neater and cleaner depending on the size of your cabinet.

Hook your Hoses

Water hoses like to tangles themselves into a puzzling jumble of knots when left uncoiled and not properly hanged. To avoid the unwanted hassle of untangling your hoses, roll them up around a coat hook to keep them in place and hang them on the wall. Hang it at a steeper angle will prevent them from falling over and uncoil itself. No more tangle, and water the lawn and plants very easily.

Work Bench

A nice firm and sturdy work table is an important item in many garden sheds. Old picnic tables work well as a garden work bench, and it is relatively cheap to build your own designed workbench which can include shelves in front of you. The reason for having a work bench is that sowing seeds and working on flower arrangement is most comfortable and more enjoyable when done sitting down.

Ladders Are To Place Outside

Tried tripping over by ladders before? It can be hair-pulling every time you see the ladder blocking the way in your shed but you are still clueless in finding a perfect spot to fit your ladder into? Fret not, just simply places your ladders outside. Hang them using hooks on the outer surface of your garden shed.

DIY Tape Dispenser

Different kinds of tape such as scotch tape, duct tape and other tapes are vital in your shed. To have many rolls everywhere around your shed can be very untidy and frustrating at times when they are misplaced. Create a tape dispenser that allows you to place all your different kinds of tapes into it. You would only need wooden boards, nails and a hacksaw blade to do so.

Keep Your ‘Thrash’ out of the way

Garden sheds often become the storage room for many families, to keep stuff that you don’t need nor use, including holiday decorations and old electronics. Make sure to keep these items out of your garden shed, toss it or donate it. A clean and organized garden shed would make you feel like coming back.

Congratulations! You now have the most organized and best designed garden shed in the world now! To make sure it keeps being this way for many years to come, remember to keep things back to their original position when done.


Understanding the Difference between Organic and Chemical Fertilizers

Fertilizing is a very important process to grow gorgeous flowers or healthy and fresh vegetables. Just like human-being, the lawn needs nutrients to combat disease and thrive. The question now is what should you use to do so, but the answer is so simple, it would be fertilizers! However, with so many choices on the market, it can be confusing in terms of nutrients availability, short or long-term effect on plants or soil. Basically, fertilizers fall into two main categories of organic and chemical. We are going to help you understand the difference between both kinds of fertilizers so as to aid you in the process of finding the suitable one for your lawn.

Introduction to fertilizers

Most plants benefit from fertilizing, whether it is natural or synthetic origin, as fertilizers increase the amount of beneficial microorganisms which is essential to the growth of plants. Fertilizers can also be classified into quick-acting, slow-acting or controlled release of nutrients release, according to the need of your plant. It is applied to the soil or at the foliage of the plants and the purpose of fertilizer use is:

• To provide the soil nutrient supply and maintain soil fertility in order to satisfy the needs of your plant

• To compensate for the nutrients exported by the harvested vegetables or lost by inevitable leakages to the environment.

Organic fertilizer vs. Chemical fertilizer

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Organic fertilizer simply means that the products are composed of natural materials like animal waste, bonemeal or powered minerals that are formed through decomposition, so that the nutrients within the fertilizer is bound to retain its most natural form. Organic fertilizers may need some time to age before you can feed your garden. They are usually slow-acting as it requires chemical and biological process to take place first within the soil.

Chemical fertilizers are manmade or mined, widely available and used. Processed fertilizers are refined from natural materials like petroleum products, rocks and even chemicals like potassium sulfate. Nutrients are made concentrated and bind them in fixed ratios to make them more available to all types of plants. They are mostly quick-acting since the nutrients are concentrated which are immediately available to your crops or lawns.

Read on to find out more differences between organic and chemical fertilizers!


Price of organic fertilizers has a wide range from cost free manure from a backyard cow or homemade compost like eggshells, leaves or coffee grounds to expensive ones such as bagged bone meal. Other than these, you can try making your own natural fertilizers by mixing lime and basil, as they do not require any special equipment. While chemical fertilizers generally cost lesser than packaged organic fertilizers according to per gram of nutrients in it.

Environmental footprints

Organic fertilizers are renewable, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. It does not build up harmful residues of salts and chemicals or cause pollution since it can be deadly to plants. In contrast to chemical fertilizers, chemical fertilizers tend to release many chemicals like cadmium and uranium into the soil which changes the soil pH, increase pests, contaminate your fruits and vegetables and even contaminate the land and bodies of water as these elements are not easily biodegradable.

Easy storage

One of the benefits of chemical fertilizer is that large amounts can be stored in small spaces. As chemical fertilizers are highly analyzed to produce the highest amount of nutrients desired, a bag of high-grade fertilizer can be made equivalent of a barn filled with compost. This is sure to save space and see good and immediate results in merely a few days.

Acid content

One of the main disadvantages of chemical fertilizers, unlike organic fertilizers, is that some chemical fertilizers have high acid content like sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid. In most cases, the soil should be slightly acidic (around pH 6.5) for your plant to grow healthily. However, chemical fertilizers is often contaminated with these high acid content chemicals that can result in the destruction of nitrogen- fixing bacteria, therefore reducing the amount of nitrogen supplied to a growing plant. On the other hand, organic materials in organic fertilizers support the growth of nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

Exact ratio of nutrients

Due to the factory process used to make the fertilizer, it will be printed on the packaging about the standardized ratios and chemical source making it easy to check and understand. You can track the amount of nutrients you are giving your plants and lawn. Unlike for organic fertilizers, nutrients ratio are often unknown, and it can only be a guess with so many factors to consider such as the weather conditions, condition of soil and the age of the compost.

At the end of the day, it’s really up to you. If you are looking for quality fertilizers (organic or chemical) or plants in Brooklyn, contact us today and find out more.


Want To Grow Gorgeous Roses Easily?

Roses are suitable for various events and celebrations as it can symbolize many different things; love, beauty, and friendship, because of their variety of color, types and inspiration. Due to its adoration by many people, over the years they have been the obvious choice for many people. Despite the love by many people over roses, growing of roses is not as popular as it is often said to be problematic and difficult especially for beginners. However, the following tips can give you a bit of a head start in the rose growing game and see your roses grow gorgeous and healthy.

Start with the soil

Before you start anything regarding planting your roses, take some time to check and care for the soil first. It is of utmost importance that the soil is of high nutrients, slightly acidic (pH around 6.5) and well-draining soil. To change the pH of the soil, you can sprinkle wood ash over the soil a few weeks before planting as wood ash contains a good amount of potassium which could act in lowering the pH of the soil. Do not forget to add aged manure and garden compost a few weeks before planting to feed you roses with more than enough of nutrients.

Give it some sunlight

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You should take a few days to a few weeks to observe the site that you plan to plant your roses at. Check whether it is a sunny location as roses require a minimum of 6 hours of direct sun per day. It would be recommended to get your roses out in the morning since dewy leaves dries up sooner reducing the chances of some diseases and after which, ensure that your roses get some afternoon shade.

Follow good watering practices

Watering regularly for roses depends a lot on water. Rose roots dig deep, so give your roses a nice good soak every week rather than covering the surface of the soil. Basically, irrigate roses 2-3 time every week to create consistently damp soil, and change accordingly to the amount of rainfall your roses receive. Make an effort to check soil with your finger every morning, water them if necessary in the morning so your plant has the morning and afternoon to dry out before dawn. With the foliage of your roses wet, splashing water drops can spread fungal disease and attract pests.

Mulch it

Mulch your roses with shredded bark or pine needles over the rose canes. It is one of the most important tips you should follow to ensure beautiful and healthy roses. This is because there are many benefits to mulching as listed below.

• Mulch can help to retain soil moisture and keep soil temperature relatively constant especially important if you are growing your roses in places that experience different seasons.

• Prevent weeds from germinating and competing nutrients with your roses. Eliminate weed seedlings right away before it has the chance to produce even more seeds. Weeds merely grows anywhere in bare soil and the only natural way to prevent it, is to cover up the dirt with mulch.

• Mulch will break down over time and brings new nutrients to your roses to feed on.

Feed occasionally with fertilizer

When you faces a problem of poor soil quality or grow roses in container, fertilizing is essential. In this case, your roses depend on you to feed them. In most cases, it is good to fertilize twice during the growing season between spring and summer as it can provide the basic nutrients your roses need as they sprout. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package of the fertilizer. Over fertilization can result in root injury to your plant and even kill your plant. Hence, please follow the specific feeding directions on every package regarding how often and how much should you feed your roses. You could even get rose specific fertilizer at any garden centers.

Give the climbing roses a strong support

Have you ever dreamed to own a gorgeous rose archway and place it on your front door? Climbing roses may seem to be an arduous task and impossible for beginners, in fact, with proper care and patience, your strenuous commitment would definitely pay off. First of all, pruning is an important part of growing healthy climbing roses as it require formative training. If training roses up pillars or arches, tie the main shoots gently around the support according to the shape of the support.

All in all, it is important to buy healthy stock from a reliable supplier who knows what type or species of roses are suitable to be planted in your area. Try out Kings Country Nurseries – one of Brooklyn’s largest garden centers in NYC. We have a group of professionals that can answer to all your queries and provide you with the best stock of rose seeds and seedlings.


Top Tips To Grow Bigger And Juicer Gooseberries

Gooseberries are an easy-to-grow fruit that grow in the wild across all seasons, although they may prefer a sunny location. There are many species of gooseberries, from those that produce small, sweet yellow ones for culinary purpose to the kinds that are the large, red dessert type. These berries come in different colors, shapes and flavors. Yet, shop-bought gooseberries are usually disappointing in its size, quality and more importantly, its taste. Discover how you can grow bigger and juicier gooseberries in your backyard right away!

Quality of the soil

Prepare the soil thoroughly in a sunny, sheltered spot. A suitable soil condition for gooseberries is rich, slightly acidic and damp. Gooseberries can thrive in most gardens, making it rather easy for beginners in gardening to try out. Please note that in hotter days, the plant may like some afternoon shade and it is wiser to grow your plant nearer to the wall that could ensure partial shade for your plant. Fork over a wider area to loosen your soil and remove all the weeds before transplanting your stem as it could possibly prevent your gooseberry plant from getting enough water and nutrients from the soil.

Organic fertilizer

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Manure the root area with organic matter, such as rotted manure or garden compost along with sufficient amount of all purpose fertilizer, to conserve the nutrients in soil. Mix wood ash to the compost heap from time to time, as wood ash contains a good amount of potassium that will help your gooseberries to grow bigger and juicier. Yet, avoid over dependence on wood ash as the primary source of nutrients for your plant because wood ash is slightly alkaline which may damage the plant and soil. They also need some nitrogen, but not too much on the plant as this can lead to problems like gooseberry mildew or aphids.

Prune and train

As mentioned above, gooseberry plant is vulnerable to gooseberry mildew; it is a greyish-white powdery felt-like coating on the fruits, or technically it is a type of fungus that spreads across both leaf and stem, which starts out white on the skin eventually turning into light brown. Without proper treatment, gooseberry mildew can exacerbate by dieback of new growth.

Remedy: Remove any infected leaves or stems and exterminate them right away. Remember to plant your gooseberries stems further away (at least 90cm) from one another as poor air circulation may promote more problems. In addition, you may consider pruning them during late winter or early spring before growth begins.

• All dead, broken, problem branches should be removed by cutting them back at the main branches or shoots. By doing so, your main stems would be able to gather more nutrients and sunlight which aid in better growth.

• This next step is only applicable for those who need to train your plant. As you cut back branches in the previous step, your gooseberry shrub is trained to develop a desired shape. It is the best to prune your shrub to an open goblet shape, enabling light and air to perforate. Avoid damaging the natural shape and growth when trimming.

• To maintain the shape of your gooseberry shrub, trim off any limbs that sprout along the main shoot, and thin the shrub occasionally.

• Ensure that all cuts are smooth, do not leave stubs as they will decay, resulting in more diseases back to your main shoot. This would require a sharp pruning tool.


Do not let plants go short of water especially when their fruits are swelling or ripening. Although watering is seldom required for a gooseberry plant, you should monitor the condition of your plant carefully especially if your gooseberries are planted in a container which is bound to require more watering than those backyard-grown. However, if gooseberries are heavily watered after a dry spell, it can result in swelling which changes the taste of your gooseberries sour. On poor soil, mulching can help to retain a damp, moisture condition which is favorable to the growth of your gooseberry.

Prevent birds and pests

Last but not least, birds are indeed the scariest enemy to your plant as they not only steal the fruits; they also peck at them and even at the buds resulting in stunt growth. You could exclude them using netting or frighten birds away.

If you are planning to try out gardening in your backyard or even using a container, you may need to get some of the basic tools, seeds and organic fertilizer. The problem is where and what you should do after all the necessary items have been bought. Fret not, contact us today at Kings Country Nursery – one of the largest nurseries in Brooklyn. We have professionals that can answer all your queries about gardening, which will make your first gardening experience easy yet enjoyable.


Key Factors You Need To Consider For Starting Plant Nurseries In NYC

In gardening, a nursery is an important aspect as it is in education. Despite being a learning center that propagates and develops the capacities of a child and prepare the child for formal education, a plant nursery plays an almost similar role. In the nursery, the seeds are placed in the soil or planted and monitored for effective shooting, proper spacing, moisture levels among many other aspects of germination and growth.

Plant nurseries take seeds and play a key role in the propagation and growth of those seeds in to plants of desirable sizes. Like in schooling, there are both general public nurseries and private ones which are meant for supplying private estates or specific institutions. Despite being a bustling metropolis, New York City requires trees and other plants such as flowers and herbs to keep its ecosystem running. In order to achieve this, plant nurseries are a must have. There are several factors that should be factored in starting plant nurseries in NYC.


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In any business, location is very important. This is because if you do not own a piece of land and you do not have the finances to purchase one, leasing is the most appropriate option. In selecting the location, it is important to make sure it is properly zoned for that purpose. The location should also have adequate supply of the utilities required. With all these aspects considered, the location should be suitable in terms of the distance to the market and suppliers.

Is it legal?

In a venture that touches on resources such as soil and water, legal aspects play a role as well as the zoning and growing regulations. For starters, there is need to check if a license is required for the business and if yes what is the process in obtaining one. Consequently there is need to check the designated land use for the proposed area which is referred to as zoning. This is important because the proposed land may be set aside for other purpose than agribusiness. Utilities such as water and electricity if required should be properly designated for the intended use. Another thing to check is the plant certification regulations.


Assuming the plants in the nursery are intended for sale, there is need to check on the potential market for the plants. The market can be dedicated to sell to a single buyer or rely on walk in buyers. The market is the main determinant of the types of plants to grow. Many plant nurseries in NYC manly grow flowers and other plants for ornamentation purposes and sell within New York.

The market also determines the quantities of plants to be grown in each species. However, this is a tricky issue because where there is a huge quantity; the gardener will be bombarded by surpluses and on the other hand, if the quantities are too low, the demand will be under supplied.


In any venture, costing is important because it is the main factor that determines the initiation or continuity of any business venture. The initial costs mainly consists of land lease, land preparation, purchasing equipments, seedling containers and landscaping fabrics where required. In addition to these costs there are overheads in utilities and labor that also needs to be set aside. Another additional cost is the training costs. Training is imperative in getting the basic skills on how to run the business and keep it running while making sure profits are trickling in.

Be informed

Information is power. Starting plant nurseries in NYC requires a lot of information. Understanding the local growing conditions coupled with the prospective or underlying problems and ways to overcome them is vital in ensuring the plant nursery runs smoothly. On this footing, it is important to talk to others in the same business such as landscapers in order to find out what keeps them in business.

Studying the preferable plant species that you intend to grow in order to be able to plan on the tentative time expected from planting to harvest. While new in business, this is an important illustrator of what to expect in the consequent plantings. There are plants that can take up to three years which are not favorable for a new business. Others can take a relatively short time which will be favorable to the new business.

Availability of supplies

With all other factors considered, the availability for supplies should not be left out. In this context, supplies refer to seedlings or seeds required for the nursery. The planter may have a good piece of land, in a good location but without the right seedlings or plants, all this will be rendered useless. Establishing good relations with these suppliers is crucial because they are also a determinant of your profit levels or even business continuity.


Buying From Garden Centers In NYC: What Should You Consider?

Whilst New York City is mainly urban, there are a good number of gardens that help in keeping the city green and provide the necessary air that is required for daily living. These are business operators that dwell on sale of plants and the related products as well as providing gardening or landscaping services. Many garden centers are developed from tree nurseries but cover a wide range of plants and offer extra services such as landscaping, landscaping material and auxiliary services as compared to nurseries which are often limited to plants.

In many countries including the US, the words ‘nursery’ and ‘garden center’ mean the same thing. From these centers, there are many types of plants available such as shrubs, flowers, house plants, seeds and plant baskets among many other products. When thinking of buying plants or trees from a garden center in NYC, check out on the following aspects:

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Years of operations

Experience is the best teacher for many people. This is true in many respects because a child cannot understand the importance of compost or watering a tree. This applies to many armatures who are new in business and do not have enough experience to understand what works well where and what does not. The experienced garden center knows what the customer wants and will go an extra mile in advising the client and making sure that everything works out. This is a sure way of getting more business besides leaving the client happy and satisfied.


Everyone is entitled to get value for money in whatever they buy. In gardening, quality of trees or plants is a significant factor in influencing the quality of the plants in the client’s pots or garden. Some plants carry infections and diseases which are contagious and if transferred could destroy a whole garden. So how do you as the client know what you are buying is of good quality? The answer is simple; the gardener should have certification from the relevant authorities and particularly plant certifications. This will be enough confidence that what you are buying will not have adverse effects on your garden as the client.


You will wonder what quantity has to do with your two or three plants that you are buying. It is of high importance that the garden has huge quantities of plants in the garden because it is a determinant in customer base. The higher the number of customers results in higher sales and the better the quality of the seedlings or plants. Quantity on the other hand enables you to purchase from one garden without having t hop from a garden to another in a bid to get the required quantities.


A big variety of plants to choose from gives a choice among many species. Sometimes you will go to the gardener without a real picture of the plant or the flower and you can’t get the name right but you can identify if physically. If the gardener has a huge collection, you will be able to spot and identify it. Consequently there are times when you do not have an idea of what to buy or not and you require some physical deliberation when at the gardener. The garden with a wide variety will also have different ideas on how you can mix up plants and flowers to come up with a unique collection that suits your style.


Plants cannot be considered luxury and the costs associated with buying hem is not wastage. It follows then that the cost of the plants has a significant meaning in determining what quantities to take and where to buy from. While many up market gardens will be overtly expensive, this may not be what you want and you need to be as thrifty as possible. It is therefore important to shop and know what sells at what prices before settling for a garden center as your regular go-to shop for garden supplies.


When you have bought huge quantities of items even in shops, you get your merchandise delivered for you either as an after sales service or at a minimal fee. Plants are not any different because when you have bought in huge quantities, you might want them delivered to your home or garden. The gardener that provides delivery services for your plants will be better to consider than the one who does not.

All in all, a garden center in New York that matches many of the qualities mentioned above is much better suited to sell and is serious about gardening. Plant and tree shopping can be done over the internet and after narrowing the choices to a few, enquiries can be made over the phone. In every decision you make about buying plants, it is important that you leave the garden center satisfied and sure that what you desired is what you get.


What You Need To Know Before Buying From Nurseries In Brooklyn

A plant nursery is important in the growth of plants and their propagation. Tree or plant nurseries are prepared in many forms depending on the type of plants required. Nurseries also differ in geographical regions and type of soils available in those areas. Despite the differences, plant nurseries have to be well prepared in order to give good plant germination or propagation rate.

In cities and towns, tree nurseries require better care considering that they constantly give out and have no time to rejuvenate in terms of nutrients. It is therefore important to add on nutrients and more so natural nutrients such as mulching and compost. Brooklyn is a big suburb that is rapidly growing and is home to many plants and trees with many others that continue to be cared for in those nurseries.

These trees, flowers and other plants are mainly sourced from the many plant nurseries in Brooklyn. When looking for trees or even flowers, it is important to get a reputable nursery in order to get quality seedlings or plants that are free of diseases or pests infestation which can easily be transferred to your other species or garden. There is a reason for everything and in visiting nurseries in Brooklyn; there are factors you need to know.

What are their costs?

Cost is very important and we insist that you should always get value for money. You need to be well versed with product prices and any other costs accruing in buying from a specific nursery. Your budget is what determines what you will buy and in what quantities. It is therefore important to compare prices and settle at which you feel most comfortable with.

Are they professionals?

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Dealing with a professional and a self taught jack of all trades are two totally different experiences. A professional in the agricultural field running a nursery will have intricate details as compared to a self taught business man only out to make money. It is therefore important that in your visit, you check for any certifications in order to have confidence with the nursery. A person well trained in the field of operation will also have practical solutions to problems such as plant diseases and advice on what should work best in specific areas.


Though you are not sure if it is much of your business knowing whether or not the nursery is licensed, it is pretty much your business. Legal businesses have a way in which they are run as compared to illegal ones. For a nursery in Brooklyn, it is easy to know if it is licensed or not because it will be clearly visible from the office display. And why is it important to you. The main answer is the assurance of the quality of the products and who to contact in cases of legal problems such as plant or tree prohibitions in your jurisdiction. An illegal businessman will pass on the liability to you leaving you with unnecessary burdens.

Pay the nursery a visit

The above two points have touched on physically authenticating the certification of the proprietor and the business. This puts the right amount of emphasis on why you should visit the nursery. In addition to these factors, there have been cases of virtual nurseries that do not really exist. You will realize this when it is too late and having lost your money. There is also having a physical look of a plant or flower that you needed but can’t remember its specie name. A visit will enable you to identify it and save you from losing money to swindlers.

Other extra services

The need o buy a plant or tree does not mean you know how to plant or take care of it. Some may even require real expertise because they are delicate and require a certain soil preparation process and planted in a certain manner. In this case the nursery should have such an expert in order to facilitate sale of such plants.

Extra services can also include delivery to your home or garden. After buying the plants, they will require immediate transfer to the garden and the quick they are delivered the better to avoid loss from drying up. A nursery that offers delivery at a minimal fee or includes the delivery charges in the plant prices will be a better option.

Every plant or tree grows better if the function which is the germination and initial planting is done in the right manner. This signifies the importance of plant nurseries and the role they play in ensuring we have a green environment and trees all over. However, it is important to know there are many hoaxes especially in the internet that will claim to sell trees or plants and have them shipped only to vanish after receiving money. Therefore, it’s important to have a physical look or get a referral from a person with previous experience with the nursery.


What You Should Look Out For When Buying Top Soil In NYC

Human activity over the past years has rendered soil near useless especially with the addition of chemicals and other effluents that are harmful to it. Top soil is essential in plant growing because it holds bulk of the minerals required by plants in addition to having the largest root concentration. In order for soil to be referred to as top, the depth from the surface and the quality are established.

In many cities today, the quality of top soil no longer stands in the definition of soil because it is almost non-existent because of the concentration of buildings and other activities which cover it or has depleted it. Soil suffers moving when construction of high-rise buildings is taking place in order to get good foundations. On the other hand, there is depletion of the level of nutrients required for plant growth.

Top soil in NYC and other big cities require rehabilitation in order to be used for planting. For commercial purposes, there are soils that are sold for garden improvement as well as lawns. It is important to look out for a company that has been in business for some time because there are armatures who might want to experiment with you. Many players in the industry such as gardens or plant nurseries will have reliable information on good types of top soils.


Does soil age? This may seem an absurd question but it is a reality that soil gets old. However, there is rejuvenation that is achieved through addition of compost and humus as well as processed top soil. Replenishing top soil is important and though it might be impossible to determine the age, top soil suppliers should have a standard that proves it is of the right age.


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Though age and quality could be synonymous in reference to soil, quality looks much into the nutrient levels and texture. The nutrients levels can be easily determined through soil testing while the texture is what is felt on touch. When sourcing for soil, it is important that the soil should be free of rocks and not have any clumps making it ideal for all forms of planting.

Soil types available

Top soil varies in types which then are the basis of what it can support or not. Top soil supplier should have a wide variety such as organic nutri-soil, mulch, gravel, loam and soil blends among others. This is because specific varieties will have different plant growth effects. Different soils that you have as the client also require different top soils which emphasize the need for the supplier to have as many types as possible.

What are the prices?

Different business people price their merchandise differently depending on where they sourced them and the desired profit margins. The prices can also be influenced by the business location among other factors. You as the buyer on the other hand require a product that is well priced depending in your capacity to buy. However, it does not mean that you don’t have a choice because before deciding on a buyer, you can shop around for the most competitive prices.

The costs should also address some factors such as spreading the soil in the garden or any other after sale service that entices you to buy from a specific supplier. When buying, it is also important to make sure that what you are paying is what you get.

Supplier location

The product, top soil in this context may be available and priced conveniently for you as well as be of the desired quality. However, the distance from your location to the supplier may be so many miles. This increases on the delivery cost which means that the top soil eventually becomes extremely expensive for you. The choice of Top soil in NY should be conveniently located to your desired garden location in order to minimize on the transportation charges.


Soil Certification as mentioned above touches on the quality. However, in this context it refers on the well being of the top soil. Is it infected with diseases or not should be a key factor that influences your decision to buy. Infected top soils will transfer the disease to your plants or garden which will result in poor production and quality of plants. It is therefore extremely vital that the choice of soil be free from any diseases or pests.

To know the top soil you are using, there are several things that you must know; the kind of soil you want to develop and the desired qualities. The main question that should linger in your mind is; what is drainage affected addition of top soil and how you can evaluate the quality f your top soil. This is because the quality of top soil and drainage because they are the main determinants of its production capacity. This is information that you should easily get from the soil supplier.


10 Simple Key Points On Landscaping Your Home

A bare house or office space and any other space frequented by many people look bare without proper landscaping. Apart from other elements that have been incorporated in the definition of landscaping, flora and fauna form the bulk of it all. Deciding on the best plants to use for landscaping is a challenging task for many because in many instances, they have no idea of where to start.

It is not always that you will have the cash to pay a landscaper or engage their services on a regular basis. It is therefore important to be equipped with basic knowledge on what should be done or how to maintain your landscaping.

Understand the land

When landscaping is required for your land, it is important to understand that different climatic regions require different landscaping. Even though the landscaping required is indoors, the climatic conditions in your area determines the type of soils available and is essential for the success in landscaping. In cases where the soil chemical composition does not allow a certain plant species, it is important to consult on the best solutions or options. In other instances, you will require grading, cutting or filling your land to achieve the desired effect.

Determine options

In this context, options refer to the availability of landscaping material such as containers and dressings. Where pots will cost a fortune, there is an option to use recyclable materials such as wood or broken concrete which is relatively cheap. While paving may be required in some areas and forms part of landscaping, it is advisable to use plants such as grass.

Choice of plants

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In every climatic region, there are plants that do better than others. Consequently, while choosing the right plants, it is important to dwell on native plants because they will grow faster than others. In addition, it is important to understand how much natural light is available, moisture or water retention, the soil structure and if the choice of plants will attract unwanted insects, clawers, birds or bees.


Graders, lawnmowers or other equipments may be required in achieving the landscaping while on the other hand, any do it yourself task requires some tools or equipments in accomplishing the task. Tools on the other hand can refer to the technological requirements in design or the mixed gravel required in landscaping.

Get advice

Advice is not only what you can get from your neighbor but also any information that can be sourced in relation to landscaping. While you may not have the information, some plants can be propagated rather than bought because of certain species characteristics. Understanding the seasons is also important but a novice landscaper will not understand that you cannot plant in some seasons. Other factors such as the availability or supply of plants can be sourced from the internet in addition to simple tasks such as choice of containers.

Plant, do not just focus on buying

This in many cases sounds a very hard chore and despite being in need of good landscaping, many people do not want to engage in back breaking work. However, it is important to understand that plants are expensive to buy and that some plants will not grow when transferred to a new environment. This requires some homework as stipulated above. This also means that small buying because out of a small stem, you can propagate as many plants as you desire.

Mass planting

Mass planting does not mean that you plant a large collection of a single species but simply plant many various species. After buying small, plant en-mass which will give you a huge variety in a short period. However, it is important to understand that mass planting is not necessarily mix and match planting but planting specific plants in different portions.

Use big pots

Big containers have the capacity to contain large amounts or soil which is a good basis for your plants and planting. On the other hand, small pots might look more portable but portability is not a very significant factor in landscaping because they are not as important as the plants.

Add some stone

After plants have been planted, some boundary is required to prevent the plants from moving to unwanted areas. Apart from the aesthetic function they can also contain prevent weeds and keep soil moisture by preventing direct sunlight.

Trees first

Flora and fauna is important in landscaping but it is wise to spend money on trees and prioritize them because other plants can be planted or easily sourced. However, it is important to have in consideration the desired effect of the landscaping that should reflect your style. In selection of trees, native trees are more advisable because they do not require a lot of maintenance costs and do well under normal conditions in the area under consideration.


Important Guidelines For Handling Artificial Grass

Unlike ordinary grass that requires lawn, artificial does not require the kind of care and maintenance that is mandatory for natural grass. With artificial grass, there is no need for fertilization, soil aeration, mowing or sprinkling to keep it evergreen. Although this is the case, it does not entirely mean that artificial grass needs no maintenance. On the contrary, you need to observe certain things to keep the artificial grass looking good and be able to enjoy its benefits. Artificial grass needs regular or occasional maintenance to keep it free from dust. The following explain more about keeping artificial grass in the best condition.

Cleaning it up

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The number of times that you will have to clean the artificial grass depends on a particular case. Certain factors at play necessitate the need for regular or occasional cleaning of artificial grass. For instance, if you have kids or pets that play outside or you leave in a place with trees and shrubs, then you will have to clean the artificial grass quite more often as compared to people who do not have these factors.

Your geographical location is also key in the maintenance of your fake lawn. Dusty places will prompt regular rinsing of the artificial lawn for it to be safe and healthy for use. Maintaining your artificial lawn is something that you can decide to do periodically as per your schedule. You may work with one of the following options that seem great for you.

Weekly and monthly basis maintenance

For weekly artificial grass maintenance, you only need to rinse it lightly to eliminate such things as dust or any form dirt that accumulates over the course of time. To effectively rinse it, you need to spray the artificial grass using a hose removing any trace of dust and debris that accumulate when washing. Monthly maintenance becomes necessary when you need to keep your grass looking spectacularly clean, green and appealing. In general, it calls for thorough and effective synthetic cleaning. Lawn rakes are particularly ideal in this case to remove all debris, dirt, leaves and dust.

Brooms with stiff bristles can also suffice for this very task. When using stiff brush, ensure it is not one with steel bristles. Steel bristles end up damaging the synthetic in the process of scrubbing off dusts and debris. Therefore, the more pets you have at home, the more you will carry regular monthly cleaning. You are likely to notice that even although you do some good cleaning, the grass is not as upright it should be. In addition, you may observe that the grass in certain parts of synthetic is not erect after laying on it. Anything that lies on the artificial grass for quite some time affects its erectness.

Fixing the erectness of the artificial grass is not much of a task. By using a broom, you can groom and restore its previous amazing look. Regular grooming is a good way to avoid matting and lawn compacting. Sometimes when you move to a new home that has artificial grass, you may find it not groomed. More often than not, it is recommendable to seek professional assistance to restore the lawn back to its previous state.

Getting rid of pet waste

To remove pet waste off the lawn, you may use any preferred method. You may use a plastic bag or a pooper-scooper to get the waste and dispose of it. The minute you are through with disposing the pet waste, get a hose and spray water on the affected region. For a cleaner and odorless lawn, it is paramount to regularly hose down on the places where pets urinate frequently. A bottle of turf deodorizer comes in handy to keep off bad odor from the artificial grass.

Eliminating bacteria

Bacteria can cause infections if uncontrolled in a particular case. When it comes to artificial grass, bacteria is not much of an issue because the remedy to them is antimicrobials. Alternatively, when you feel like there is too much bacteria in your artificial grass, you can use a proportionate mixture of vinegar and water and pour it on the grass to eliminate all the bacteria.

Avoiding stains and burn

It is possible to repair stains and burns in artificial grass. Burns generally result from cigarettes. Though there is a solution to this problem, it is better to avoid frequent spills and burns. Certain spills such motor oil, acids and lubricants discolor the turf. The best way to avoid contact with these substances is to ensure you repair your car far from the artificial lawn. In the event of accidents, it is often advisable to contact your artificial lawn manufacturer for repair options.

Landscaping in Brooklyn can particularly look stunning when it incorporates artificial grass. The reason why they look good all the time is because of regular maintenance and immediate repair in the event of accidents resulting in damages.


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Starting A Vegetable Garden: 4 Most Important Questions You Need To Answer

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If you are thinking of starting a garden that will be practical as well as fun, you could start a vegetable garden. This gives you the opportunity to get healthy food while at the same time benefitting from the very act of gardening. The fact that there are many people who are interested in doing this has increased the demand for services related to gardening. For instance, you are likely to find it much easier today to find nurseries in Brooklyn where you can buy all the seeds and plants you need to start such a garden. This ultimately means that it will be much easier for you to do this today compared to the past.

Will starting such a garden turn out to be good value for money? There is a lot of evidence that it could very well do. When you start a garden, you might have to spend $2 on a tomato plant for the garden. However, this one plant may yield around 10 pounds of tomatoes in one season. This will more than recoup the cost of starting the garden, and will also help cut down on other costs such as the cost of having to go to a grocer’s to get the tomatoes in the first place.

In addition to that, there are other benefits you will reap from the activity including releasing anxiety, helping you get a better quality of life. The fact that the vegetables you grow will be cheaper than the ones you get from the grocer’s does not mean that you will get low quality; you will often find that they are juicier and more flavourful as well.

What should you plant?

In many cases, you will find that you can’t plant all the types of food your family consumes. This is usually not always practical, since you may not have the space or the environmental conditions to do this. You will therefore need to carefully determine the types of vegetables to plant. One way of doing this is by assessing the needs of your family. You may find that there are some vegetables that you use on a nearly daily basis, such as tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. You could then decide to grow these, rather than those vegetables that you only use once in a blue moon such as cauliflower. In addition to that, you should also find out if the environmental conditions are suitable for planting the types of vegetables you have identified before starting the process.

Space issues

A common problem that many first time vegetable gardeners have is not allocating enough space for the project. It’s a good idea to do some light research to find out how much space the vegetables you are thinking of growing need. This is very important since overcrowding will lead to poor growth, and this in turn means that your effort will not pay off. The good thing is that with most vegetables, you don’t need a lot of space. The only thing you need to pay attention to is making sure that they are spaced out enough, and that they receive enough sunlight.

If you have serious space constraints, you should opt to plant a smaller number of vegetables, and then take care of the garden well. You will find that a 10×10 foot garden will produce more than 25×50 foot garden that has lots of weeds.

The preparatory phase

Once you have identified the site and the types of vegetables you want to grow, you should then prepare the area. One of the most important steps in the process is digging the soil either by hand or using a tiller. The importance of loosening the soil is to make it easier to plant the seeds or plants, and to also ensure that it’s aerated enough to support root development. Once this is done, you may need to add soil amendments. This includes items such as compost which will go a long way in making the soil more fertile. It’s important to avoid stepping on the soil once you have tilled it, since this will compact the soil and negate your efforts.

Which variety should you get?

If, for example, you have decided to plant tomatoes on the garden, you will then find that there are many varieties of tomatoes you can choose from. It’s important to do some light research into this so that you can identify the one that has the properties you need. Different varieties of the vegetables have different qualities such as fast growth, increased resistance to disease and pests or even larger size. If you find that your garden is at risk of a pest infestation, you could get a stain that has the potential to resist this.

In summary, starting a vegetable garden is always a good idea since it is fun and helps you benefit in terms of getting food from it. By taking into account some of the technical issues above, you can ensure that such a garden thrives.


The Technical Issues You Need To Account For When Starting A Flower Garden

When you picture a garden, chances are that you will think of a piece of land that has lots of flowers in it. This is because many people tend to associate gardens with flowers. Growing flowers in your garden has many benefits, and this is why it would be a good idea for you to start one. For one, they do a lot in making a home look more beautiful. They increase the colour and vividness of the area around the house, making the home a more beautiful place to stay. In addition to that, the very act of gardening has been shown to be very therapeutic. It can easily help reduce problems such as stress, helping you have a better quality of life.

However, the problem is that there are some people who start such gardens only to have a difficult time with them. The major problem comes about when you don’t take into account some of the technical issues that affect the quality of the garden, thus resulting in having a hard time starting it. This can be avoided by simply making sure that a few basic issues are sorted out by the time you start one. These include:

Make sure the site receives enough sunlight

In order for flowers to thrive, they need to be exposed to enough sunlight. Ideally, they need around 6 to 8 hours of sunlight every day. This means that if you are interested in starting such a garden, you will need to identify a piece of land in your back or front yard that receives enough sunlight. In some cases, you may need to make a few changes such as moving structures that obstruct the movement of light to the flowers. You can also use a sunlight calculator to figure out how much sun the garden receives, so that you can then decide on where to plant them.

This is an important consideration, especially given the fact that plants need a lot of sunlight during their initial growth spurt. If you plant them in such a manner that they are not provided with this, you are likely to notice issues such as stunted growth as well as wilting of the flowers.

The soil

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Flowers need loam soil in order to grow. The soil should not retain too much water (as clay does), which would result in water logging and death of the roots. It should also not be too sandy, in which case all the water would simply flow through it and not benefit the plants at all. If you happen to have a yard that has clay or other types of soil that are not suitable for growth of plants, you should consider replacing it using soil from Manhattan garden centers. The soil provided by such centers tends to be very rich in nutrients, and has the right pH balance to ensure that most plants will benefit from it.

Choosing the right category of flowers

You have two broad categories of flowers you can choose from: annuals and perennials. Annual flowers tend to have a life cycle that spans one growing season. These are some of the most people types of flowers for many on account of the fact that they can bloom throughout. Perennials, on the other hand, have root systems that can stay dormant in the soil for years or even decades. This means that you won’t need to keep planting them every new season. However, the downside is that they bloom for only a few weeks or months every year, which means that they are not ideal for when you need to make your garden lively for as long as possible.

Climate issues

It’s important to ensure that you pick flower species that are suited to the type of climate you will grow them in. For instance, if you live in Manhattan, you should consider buying flowers that normally grow in this climate. The best way to do this is by buying your supplies and getting your information from local garden centers. This way, you can benefit from their experiences. If you plant say tropical flowers in such areas, they might not thrive as much as you would want them to simply because they are not used to this type of climate.

In summary, starting a flower garden is an excellent decision. It has many benefits including giving you a nice view that you will definitely enjoy particularly if you choose to plant flowers that truly make the garden pop. However, before starting the project, you should consider all the technical issues above. They will help you make the right decisions, and by using them you will find the gardening to be particularly easy and enjoyable. The one thing you can be certain of is that this is an activity that is definitely not a waste of time!


How To Ensure That You Get The Most Out Of Your Garden Greenhouse

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When you are thinking of starting a garden, there are many things that will often influence the success of the entire process. For instance, the quality of the plants in Brooklyn that you use will be important. It’s necessary to carefully choose the right plants for the process to ensure that you get ones that can actually thrive in the environment you will grow them in. in addition to that, there are other adjuncts you should also consider investing in to make the garden thrive.

One of these is a greenhouse. Most people often think that greenhouses are far too expensive, and that getting them for a garden is not a good idea. However, the truth is that there are some that are designed to be used on a small scale, and are often very cheap. Chances are that you will be in a position to buy one to suit your needs.

Of course, there are a few tips you can rely on to ensure that you don’t have much of a problem with this. Some of the most important considerations you need to keep in mind include:

Make sure the sizing is done correctly

When you are shopping for a greenhouse for your garden, make sure that you get the size right. If you are going to have the entire garden under the greenhouse, first make a point of finding out what the dimensions of the garden are. In most cases, contractors will be happy to come and do the assessment for you, so that you don’t end up buying a greenhouse that is of the wrong size.

When determining the ideal size for the greenhouse, you also need to account for the types of plants you will be growing in it. For instance, there are some types of plants that will need a lot of overhead clearance in order to grow. In such cases, you would need to get a greenhouse that is tall enough for them. You therefore need to determine the needs and characteristics of the plants you will be growing when choosing the greenhouse.

You will need to keep an eye on the temperature

One of the major benefits of using a greenhouse is the fact that you can use it to control the environmental conditions in which the plants are growing. Some of these variables include the temperature and humidity in the greenhouse. If you are interested in providing the optimal growth environment for the plants, you may need to invest in extra equipment such as thermometers and humidity sensors in the greenhouse. You will also need to learn about the ideal conditions in which the plants you want to grow need, so that you can adjust this as needed. Doing this will make it easier for you to fine tune the local environment to suit the plants.

Make sure the soil is top notch first

There is no point in investing time and energy on getting a greenhouse when the soil you will use it on is not nutritious enough. It’s important that you first have the soil assessed to find out if it’s good enough for planting what you want. If not, you might need to have it revitalized first. There are several ways of doing this; you could either buy or make compost and then spread it across the yard, so as to make the soil more fertile. The other alternative would be to buy top soil from a garden centre. This is soil that is usually very rich in nutrients, and which will support your plants for quite some time. Making sure that the soil is spread to the right depth is also important.

Have a plan for ventilation

When you have a greenhouse that is full of plants, it’s important to have it properly ventilated. This will reduce the risk of fungal infections, and will also ensure that the plants are exposed to enough carbon dioxide needed for metabolism. When there is not enough circulation in the greenhouse, the plants will rapidly deplete the carbon dioxide in the air, which means that there will not be enough for them to manufacture organic compounds. Some of the simple ways of doing this include installing screened doors and windows in the greenhouse, as well as using a simple fan to draw air from the environment into the greenhouse. These are all modifications that will not cost much, but which will make a huge difference.

In summary, using a greenhouse is one of the best ways of making sure that your garden becomes as productive as possible. Before using one, however, it’s important that you always figure out the technical details associated with using it. This way, you can maximally benefit from one. These tips and more often make a huge difference!


A Few Tips To Help You Start A Commercial Garden Successfully

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When most people think of starting gardens, they often consider it a hobby more than anything else. However, if you are enterprising enough, you could convert this hobby into something that makes some money for you. One of the most effective ways of doing this is by selling your produce to people such as your neighbours. The fact that you will be close by combined with the fact that you are likely to sell the produce at a much lower price than at the grocery means that this model could become very competitive. However, for such a business venture to actually work, there are a number of things you need to keep in mind. Some of these include:

Finding out what your customers want

When starting any type of business, it is normally necessary to first find out what your customers need. This is important since it will determine the type of gardening you should do. For instance, if you happen to live in a neighbourhood where there are many people who love salads, you could opt to grow vegetables such as cucumbers and lettuce. This way, you will have a bigger market for the products, and this in turn means that it will be easier for you to sell what you produce.

Find out how much it will cost you

If you are interested in using the garden to make money, you need to treat it as a business. Part of doing this is doing a financial analysis to figure out whether it will be viable or not. For instance, if you decided to grow flowers in your garden, you would first need to find out how much it would cost you to set up the business. Once this is done, you will be in a position to determine how much to sell the flowers in such a manner that you will actually make a profit.

Finding this type of information is normally much easier when you work with a professional. For instance, you might need to consult some of the nurseries in NYC for further guidance regarding this. They will give you an itemized list of the things you need to set up such a facility, so that you can then figure out how much it will cost you to put the operation on the road.

Be conversant with any regulations that might apply to you

In addition to that, you also need to find out more about some of the regulations that you might need to adhere to. This is particularly important if you intend to sell foodstuffs from the garden. In such cases, you may be bound by local health and safety laws which would among other things prohibit the use of certain chemicals in the gardening process. Feigning ignorance over such matters will only lead to problems for you. If it is found out that you have flouted some of these rules, you may be subjected to legal proceedings that could cost you quite a bit of money to handle in the long run.

Start small

It’s not a bad idea to be ambitious, but most people find it easier to start small when starting this type of business model. This way, you will only risk a small amount of money, and will be in a position to fine tune your processes to ensure that you get the most profits. Once you are confident in your gardening abilities, you can then spend more on expanding the business so that you can make more profits with minimal risk.

Start the garden with the aim of evolving

If you are starting a garden for commercial purposes, you should keep in mind that there will be many products and services you can start using in the future to increase the productivity of the garden. You should be ready to experiment with some of these in order to boost your profits. For instance, there may come a time when it will be necessary for you to get a greenhouse. If you are of the mind-set that you will only do the gardening without the help of such facilities, you may end up missing out on a great opportunity.

Have reasonable expectations

Having expectations that are not grounded in reality may make you ditch an otherwise lucrative gardening business simply because you start thinking that it doesn’t make enough money for you. By the time you start such a business, you should have done some light research regarding issues such as how much time it will take for you to start making money from the business. This way, you will not end up being impatient about the issue.

In summary, there are many reasons why it would be a good idea for you to consider starting a garden for commercial purposes. The key to success in this setting is simply making sure that you approach the project in a logical manner.