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A Pool In Your Landscape Design

4 Crucial Considerations When Including A Pool In Your Landscape Design

One of the most significant elements of a new garden that landscapers are asked to include in the design is a pool. Normally it is better to try and use a landscape designer experienced with pool design (obviously). Whether it be Olympic sized in a massive garden or a small paddling pool, a pool is a significant undertaking for any landscaper and one which both they and their clients must discuss at length. Bear in mind, that unlike some features in landscaped gardens, a pool cannot easily be moved or replaced.

It is for that reason that we mentioned the client and landscapers discussing the pool in detail. During these discussions, several factors concerning the pool will be decided. These decisions will normally fall under one of four major areas, which we have detailed for you below to hopefully give you a clearer understanding of what you and your landscaper must discuss.

Concept

For many, this is probably the most difficult to answer. They know they want a pool in their new landscaped garden, but are unsure as to why or how they believe it will enhance the overall design. Note there is nothing wrong with sticking to “I simply want a pool”, and not considering its concept any further.

However, the overall design and finished pool will be enhanced if you can conceptualise what you want your pool area to be. If it is going to be for more than simply swimming and paddling then consider whether you see it as an aid to fitness, relaxation, entertaining, or as a centrepiece to the entire landscape design.

Functionality

Following on from considering the conception of your pool, you now start getting into some specifics and in particular how you wish your pool to function. This starts from choosing the location of the pool with considerations such as having it all in direct sunshine, or partly in shade.

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5 Awesome Benefits Of Using Glass Balustrading For Your Balconies

5 Awesome Benefits Of Using Glass Balustrading For Your Balconies

For anyone living in an apartment who thinks glass balustrading is not meant for them as it is used primarily for stairs and pools, then we have good news for you. You are just as likely to see glass balustrading used for apartments as you are for houses, with the main reason being that glass balustrading is ideal for creating the surroundings on a balcony; here are five benefits of using glass balustrading in your home.

Benefit #1 – Glass Balustrading Is Extremely Safe

We are discussing the fact that glass balustrading is extremely safe first because when it comes to balconies, the safety of anyone who is standing on one must be the highest priority. Glass balustrading is recognised as one of the safest means of enclosing a balcony, given that the supports and the glass are robust and strong. Specifics include the fixtures at the base, the glass being toughened, and the smooth surface, making it impossible for children and pets to climb.

Benefit #2 – Glass Balustrading Lets In Natural Light

Depending on which side of the building your balcony is and thus where it concerns the sun during the day, having glass balustrading surrounding it on three sides will maximise the amount of natural light that your balcony receives compared to solid materials such as metal. This natural light can make the difference between your balcony is an idyllic spot to relax, have a coffee, or read and it is a dark, dingy, unwelcoming spot that never gets used.

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How To Compost Wood Chips Fast

How To Compost Wood Chips Fast

Turning Wood Into Compost: How To Compost Wood Chips Fast?

Wood and chipped bark have an extremely slow rate of natural decomposition. Depending on the size of the chips, this can take several months. The chemically complex Lignin present in wood provides a physical barrier against enzymatic decomposition by bacteria and fungi. However, there are ways to speed up the process. Whether it is the occasional rotten fence post or sawdust and wood shavings, with the tips in this article, you will be able to compost wood in no time. So let’s dig right in.

The Natural Decomposition Of Wood

Wood is the most abundant organic matter present on earth. As such, the decomposition and decay of wood is an important aspect of the biogeochemical carbon cycle. Fungi are considered the first agents of wood decay. Common species such as wet rot fungus and jelly rot fungus are known for their role in assisting wood decomposition. These fungi help break down the tough lignin present in wood.

Other detritivores such as bacteria and invertebrates such as beetle larvae, woodlice and millipedes also play a critical role in the process.

In contrast to softer organic matter, the decomposition of wood is tougher and takes longer periods of time. Fungi and bacteria rapidly consume available nitrogen while decomposing wood, which upsets the nitrogen-carbon balance of the compost. This further slows down the decomposition processes and lowers the temperature of the compost heap below optimum temperatures. So, how to compost wood chips fast?

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How To Use A Compost Tumbler

How To Use A Compost Tumbler

End Your Backyard Farming Woes By Learning How To Use A Compost Tumbler

Backyard farming using household items is an interesting thing to do. People collect organic wastes, accumulate food scraps, and even buy manure to prepare compost for their backyard farm. However, many of them are still not able to get the desired results. The problem lies with the structuring of the compost pile. If organic matter is not set in layers and turned regularly, the compost will take more time to form. For this reason, using compost tumblers can give better results than conventional compost piles. In this article, let us understand how to use a compost tumbler to prepare high-quality compost.

Types Of Compost Tumblers

With backyard farming becoming popular, manufacturers have started producing different types of compost tumblers. These compost tumblers help in small-scale compost production with limited resources. Three types of compost tumblers are available in the market today.

1. Continuous Compost Tumblers

Continuous compost tumblers are the most suitable for backyard composting. You need to add kitchen waste, yard scraps, and other organic material to the compost tumbler, continuously throughout the year.

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How To Compost Leaves

How To Compost Leaves

5 Simple Steps On How To Compost Leaves: The Complete Guide!

Environmentalists have recommended composting as a sustainable way of life, for many years now. Not only is it extremely beneficial for Mother Nature, but it is a great way of saving money. On top of that, compost is a thousand times better than any chemical fertilizer, to improve the quality of your garden visibly.

Composting also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and infuses the soil with nutrients and minerals. The process includes using a variety of organic materials found in every household, significantly reducing the amount of waste generated by a single home. In our article, we will tell you how to compost leaves, a basic component that makes for excellent compost.

Any person with a respectable garden will have fallen leaves lying on the ground, all year round. While fallen leaves decompose naturally into the soil, they can be collected and put to better use. Dead leaves and twigs are an essential part of any compost; this ensures that no part of your garden goes to waste.

Before we start talking about how to compost leaves, let us take a look at all the substances you can turn into compost. Any compost consists of three major components.

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How Does Compost Work?

How Does Compost Work?

The Science Behind Composting: How Does Compost Work?

Everything organic will inevitably decay at some point of time. This is thanks to the trillions of microorganisms thriving on decaying detritus in every nook and cranny of our environment.

Composting is basically a process that utilizes the inherent abilities of these microorganisms to speed up the process of natural decay. According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), this is achieved by providing an ideal environment for detritus feeding microorganisms to thrive.

If all of this sounds confusing to you, read on as we break down the science behind composting and how every household can use it to pave the way to a more sustainable future.

Why Is Composting Essential?

The United States alone generates approximately 210 million tons of trash (solid waste) each year. Most of this trash gets placed in municipal landfills. These landfills take up a huge amount of space and also release methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases.

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How To Make Compost Tea

How To Make Compost Tea

Brewing The Liquid Gold Of Gardening : How To Make Compost Tea?

Compost tea has been hailed as the liquid gold of gardening, a magical elixir that makes plants grow faster, healthier and more vibrant. Many gardeners swear by these benefits of compost tea. This concoction of organic matter is carefully brewed to give your soil a boost towards optimum health. If you too are intrigued by the concept and want to find out how to make compost tea for your own garden, we are here to help you.
What Is Compost Tea?

Basically, compost tea is a liquid organic fertilizer for your houseplants, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Compost tea carries within it concentrated nutrients and plant friendly aerobic bacteria, fungi and nematodes. The liquid is a nutritionally rich, well-balanced organic supplement made for your plants by steeping aged compost in water.

Compost tea is a great way to love your plants naturally. This mild liquid fertilizer can be used at any time of the year to boost the overall health of your garden. What is great about compost tea is that you can make your own right at home, with some fresh well-matured, finely broken down compost. If you wish to know more about natural composts then you should look at organic composts.

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How To Compost

How To Compost

How To Compost – The Complete Guide

There is a dire need to preserve the environment at this moment. What better way to start the revolution at home than to make your own compost? It will reduce waste and help maintain your garden. The question is – how to compost? This article will cover all you need to know about composting.

What Is Compost?

Before learning how to make compost, we must first know what compost really is.

Compost is a mixture of different types of organic waste, like vegetable peels, seeds, etc. It is also known as a ‘soil conditioner’ since it is rich in nutrients, and when mixed with soil, it acts as a fertilizer.

Composting

  • The process of Composting is basically the disposal of compost in the soil. In the oxygen-rich conditions of the land, the compost decomposes naturally and acts as manure to the soil.
  • The earthworms, bacteria, and other organisms in the soil are the prime decomposers.

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How Much Compost Do I Need

How Much Compost Do I Need

Tired Of Asking ‘how Much Compost Do I Need For My Soil?’ Here’s A Guide To Solve All Your Problems.

People who do commercial farming, or those who grow plants in their small house gardens, take great interest in knowing more about composts. Compost helps in enriching the soil’s nutrient composition. It helps obtain better yields of vegetables and fruits, and accelerates the growth of flowers, crops, etc. To obtain these remarkable gains, people start adding a lot of compost for faster results.

While adding compost does help, the calculation for using compost should be appropriate to reap such benefits. You may have questions like ‘how much compost do I need’ or ‘what amount of compost is excess?’. This article aims to answer all your doubts and guide you about the use of compost.

Benefits Of Compost

Using compost provides several benefits, which we shall discuss further. However, neither does excessive use of compost guarantee these benefits, nor is it very healthy for the soil.

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How To Compost Chicken Manure

How To Compost Chicken Manure?

How To Compost Chicken Manure?

It is possible that if you own chicken and other poultry, you might be earning well by selling eggs and other products. However, what if we tell you that your chicken can add to your income further?

Any average sized chicken can produce up to one cubic foot of manure every day. If you compost this chicken manure and add it to the soil, you can enhance the soil health and grow crops commercially. Therefore, we will teach you how to compost chicken manure and use it to develop your vegetable garden.

Why Compost Chicken Manure?

Unlike other animal’s manure and excreta, chicken manure is too strong and cannot be used in its raw form to grow vegetables and fruits. Chicken manure is known to damage the roots of the plant permanently. However, the compost prepared from chicken manure with hot composting techniques can enrich the soil with essential nutrients.

The benefits of using chicken manure compost are:

  • Chicken manure compost helps in reducing the percolation in the soil and helps it in retaining more water.
  • The compost made out of chicken manure has a higher quantity of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, as compared to the manure of cows and horses. These nutrients fertilize the soil naturally.

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