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Order and stages of landscaping of gardens, yards and green areas.

Order and stages of landscaping of gardens, yards and green areas.
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As for any other activity, and for landscaping gardens, the order and the way of implementation are extremely important. Proper landscaping of the yard could save you a lot of nerves and resources, and also will result in you having a beautiful garden. Here we offer our concept of the order and the stages of landscaping of yards and gardens.


Everything starts with the studies – clarifying – the climate, the luminosity of the various sections, the constant winds, the characteristics of the soils, the groundwater, the water sources, etc. The existing vegetation and terrain are captured.


Once we have clarified everything, the ideas are coming. Click To Tweet

In designing, we have to solve many issues related to landscaping of the yard and the garden – what kind of landscaping do you want, the distribution of functional areas, the alley network, the structure and species composition of the vegetation, what kind of garden elements do you want?

Draining, strengthening and vertical planning

The start of the yard landscaping work is consistent with gardening activities. It is good to start immediately after finishing the heavy and machine-building works in the green areas. Although there may be a conflict between the two activities, we offer this in view of the shorter landscaping times. Drains, boreholes and retaining walls are first built. If you have foreseen a irrigation system, and this is definitely the right choice, you have to lay the highway pipes and leave the drains to the shafts with valves.


Now comes the alley network. Do not forget under the paths to put the so-called siege pipes through which later cables or other pipes can pass. If you are going to block the access to some area of the yard, it is better to clean and store humus soil beforehand or leave some of the paths not built. Now, taking into account the levels obtained from the alleys, spread out a layer of soil that you have prepared beforehand.

Landscaping with decorative vegetation

This stage of landscaping gives the look of the gardens. Planting of ornamental plants is important both for the species and phytosanitary status of the green areas. It is good to get up early in the spring or autumn, but when plants are planted or stored in containers this can be calm during the summer, and some colleagues do it successfully even in the winter / I personally think that the efforts are not worthwhile / Planting and subsequent care and maintenance are important to the capture and well – being of plants.

Construction of irrigation system

It is done once all levels have been given and the vegetation has been planted. Sprinklers should be exactly at the

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ground level and be consistent with the plants to ensure a uniform irrigation coverage of lawns / plants not placed directly in front of sprinklers /. The garden areas are watered with drip irrigation. Having an irrigation system is not a luxury but a necessity.


This is the last stage in landscaping gardens. Appropriate grassing time is from March to November inclusive.

Maintenance of gardens and yards.

Once the landscaping of the garden is over, it comes to the care of it. Maintenance of green areas is a complex of care that takes place during each growing season. Remember that once we plant the garden without maintenance it will lose its beauty.

Landscaping gardens is a responsible process involving many activities. I wish you good luck. Take a look at one example how to make mid century landscape design.


Three Ideas for flowers during the winter season if you live in an apartment

Three Ideas for flowers during the winter season if you live in an apartment

Wintering flowers seems to be getting easier in a house. The farmer will still find where to place them. There are always corners that are not used and are suitable for flowers. In the apartment things are a little different. Here are three ideas that can work you out.

Put shelves on one of the doors to the balcony

Image of home flowerIn winter, flowers must be close to the window to get the necessary light. If you do not have enough space on the window sills or just below the windows, sacrifice one of the doors to the balcony. Realize that you will not be able to open it to ventilate it this winter. Attach shelves to it, arrange flowers and cacti on them. Ensure that the door is properly sealed in order not to damage the plants if the temperatures become too low. The inconvenience is that if the pots are too long or the shelves too long, you will have to take the pots every time you want to water them. The good thing is that in winter, flowers are rarely irrigated anyway.

Make more hanging pots

Image of hanging potThis will save space and you will use the window light on several levels – for the pots hanging from the ceiling and for the window sill or on the floor next to it. Do not worry that not all plants are hanging or wrapping. You can easily grab or make a large and shallow hanging pot in which to arrange a lot of small pots with still unspoiled plants. They will feel good, and you will have  space in the room for the older ones.

On the side of kitchen cabinets

Kitchens are usually light and the kitchen cabinet sides are unused. Mount small shelves for them and arrange pots on them. True, the kitchen is a bit warmer, it is best for the flowers to stand in a bright and cool room, but the air in it is wetter. Plants feel good in the kitchen, and it looks more beautiful with them. If you have bulbs, keep them in a dark and cool place – in the closet or basement, where the temperature is 7 to 10 degrees. Do not wrap them in a nylon or bag. Click To Tweet Spread them in a crate or chest, spray them with pestle detergent againts fungus and cover them, best with peat moss.

After you finish with your flowers you will definitely need to clean the house. To save yourself time and effort is best to call professional cleaning company. But how much the professional house cleaning cost? You will certainly get cheaper than taking a day off and spend it cleaning the house. Not to mention the preparations you should buy.




How to remove the stains at home

How to remove the stains at home

Image of stainSpots are an integral part of the dirty interior of a home if they are not removed promptly after their appearance. No matter how hard we try and be careful, someone is going to spill something and make the hateful stains for every housekeeper. Coping with them turns out to be a difficult task, and it can make it hard for anyone who has to deal with it.

Methods for removing stains at home differ from one another due to the difference in their source and the type of matter they fall into. Some of them are a real challenge, and to help you, we’ll introduce you to proven good cleaning practices in your dwelling.


1. Timely response

This can save you in the literal sense. The faster you respond to the appearance of a blob, the easier it will be to remove it. Fresh polluted areas are treated much more easily than those who have stayed and withered over time.

Always have something (kitchen paper, towel) to soak the stain before it spreads over a larger area. Click To Tweet

2. Clarify the source

To use the most efficient method to remove the stain, you need to know its cause. Another key point is to comply with the matter on which it was formed so that you do not harm it fatally in your quest to clean the affected area.

3. The vacuum cleaner is the enemy of the stains

Once you have limited the scope of the stain, you must also carry it with a vacuum cleaner. Before applying any detergent, make sure that you remove small particles of dust that may make you unnecessarily difficult or get stuck in the dirt.

4. Remove solid and liquid dirt

The most common source of stains are different liquids. For sure success, do not let them spread over large areas or get into the fabric. Do not underestimate even the harder substances. Take care to remove them in time to limit their impact.

5. Dry the affected area well

Before re-use, the cleaned fabric, make sure it is perfectly dried. Whether it’s a specific area or a more basic cleaning and washing. If it is still damp, you risk becoming contaminated much faster than usual because it will immediately adhere to small and fine dust particles.

6. Precautions

Prevention is at the root of preventing the occurrence of different stains. Build a habit and minimize the need for Image of staincleaning. This may involve banning food and drink consumption outside the designated locations. Be sure that this will ensure success in the longer term.

With a lot of stubborn dirt and stains, trust the professional cleaners in order to have perfectly clean rooms in your home and office.

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Top 3 tips for cleaning hair from pets at home

Top 3 tips for cleaning hair from pets at home

Having a pet is not that bad. Their children enjoy, they bring variety at home and are very sweet and charming, but Image of catthey also have their own requirements and care needs. The biggest problem for anyone who has a dog or a cat or both is cleaning the hairs from sofas, chairs and any other upholstered furniture. These hairs can be a terrible torture to clean, not to mention how easily the vacuum cleaner clogs.


That is why it is not recommended to use an inexpensive vacuum cleaner to clean the dirt from animals. Better go for more specialized cleaning, because even after you go with the vacuum cleaner, hair is almost always left and will never be perfectly clean. There are many professional companies such as SYK Chelsea Cleaners that will clean your home as if you never had pets.

How do we act to get rid of all animal dirt with a single cleaning?

For starters, you can read the following rows with tips for effectively cleaning pet surfaces.


  1. Get your pet out of the house

Image of dogTo be able to clean everything right, the first thing you need to do is get rid of the dog or cat for a while. Some of your friends can go out for a walk with the puppy , but the cat may be more problematic because the only thing that suits you is to leave it to your neighbors for a few hours. Hardly anyone will refuse to look at the cat for 2 hours. However, you should use this time as much as possible so you can clean up every place.


2. Sofas, beds, chairs, and so on

We always start from the top floor of each cleaning. If you can bring the soft furniture to the terrace or outdoors, make it compulsory, before you have dampened it so that all the junk can fall out. Pass them with the vacuum cleaner to make sure you have spawned the maximum amount of your pet’s hairs. Once you have passed them with these tools, leave in the sun so that the smell can penetrate. There is a much bigger difference from clean furniture and dirty ones. Leave the windows open to allow any small particles to come out.


3. Look for special appliances for cleaning animal hair

Naturally, a simple broom and shovel can help you, but the difference is huge when using a special brush or solvent. You can also try the pet scrub brush, but do not push hard, do not split the soft surfaces.

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You can also search for special hair care products. There are such, not so expensive, but their results are definitely different. If you can remove the cloak of anything on your dog or cat were sit and you can wash it – do it. You will get another smell and another color of the tissues it is worth trying if your animal is plucked a lot.



Tackle Spring Cleaning Early

Tackle Spring Cleaning Early


January is the perfect time to start your spring cleaning – even though it might not be spring yet! After taking down all of your Christmas decorations, take the opportunity to freshen up your home for the new year. The holidays can cause a lot of wear on a home, especially if it is full of guests. Sometimes waiting until spring rolls around to give your home that deep cleaning and organization it so desperately needs can cause more damage and create a need for more repairs or replacements. So save some money and get a head start on spring cleaning before it is too late!

Caring for appliances

Kitchen appliances are always overworked during the holiday season, so it is a good idea to give them a thorough deep clean to ensure that they continue to work correctly. Rather than just wipe them down, pull out all the food from the refrigerator and clean all the shelves and drawers. Put a new box of opened baking soda in the door so the smell of leftovers does not overwhelm the whole kitchen every time the fridge doors are opened. Pull appliances away from the wall to clean the back of them as well as the wall and floor behind them to clean up any missed spills or food splashes. Set your oven to a cleaning mode, and while it is being cleaned, run vinegar and baking soda through your dishwasher to freshen it up and make it function like it is supposed to.

Organizing closets

House Beautiful suggests that organizing closets is the first step to organizing your home. Click To Tweet

Spring flowers

Go through your closet and get rid of clothing you no longer wear. Dust shelves and vacuum the floor before placing everything back into the closet. Use products to help you stay organized throughout the year like hangers with clips to hang belts and scarves, and drawer organizers to keep accessories in place and easy to find. Tackle linen closets and coat closets as well to create more storage space that is definitely needed.

Washing walls

You might think it is old-fashioned to clean walls, but take a rag with some gentle cleaner or even just soap and water, and wipe down even a small section of a wall in your house and you will see that walls truly need to be washed at least a few times a year. Ceiling fans, air conditioning, and heating units cause dust to collect on walls, and it is easily missed. If wall paint is chipping or faded, consider giving your home a fresh coat of paint if you got the time.

Improving the feel

Spring cleaning is a great time to give your home an improved or brand new feel.

There are easy and affordable ways to give your home a new look, so flip through magazines or scan Pinterest for decorating ideas and search for the best deals to create a new look for the new year.
Reward yourself with a gorgeous new home now that you have decluttered, cleaned and organized everything.Spring cleaning is not an easy job.

A very little salad

A very little salad

It’s not very impressive, is it?

 I usually do a bit better with my winter salads than this sorry lot.

I’m a keen greenhouse gardener in winter: there’s nothing quite like sitting in a cosy frost-free greenhouse listening to the icy rain pattering on the roof. I particularly hate to see the greenhouse borders sitting empty when they could be growing all sorts of tasty things: greenhouses become mini-polytunnels in winter, keeping lots of leafy veg just that bit more protected to get them through the winter. As well as salad leaves, you can grow chard, radishes, overwintering spring onions and even things like turnip tops – another one on my must-try list.

Salad in the winter

Though admittedly salad leaves always look a bit raggedy and unhappy by about January, you can generally still count on a few leaves you can pick over and enjoy in sandwiches. But this year I’ve got the timing all wrong and I’ve completely kiboshed my usual winter harvest.
Timing is crucial when overwintering crops: sow your seed too early, and they’ve peaked by autumn and are long gone when the cold weather comes. Just right, and they’ll be at harvest stage just as the cold weather hits so that as long as you go easy on them, you can carry on picking all through winter (they’ll grow a bit more during warmer spells).
Sow too late, though, and though they’ll make it up above ground level, they’ll hunker down and shiver all winter long at seedling stage, which is no good at all. I sowed these in September, thinking I could count on an extra month or so of warm weather through October and that should be enough. How wrong can you be?
So, note to self: don’t sow salads past, say, mid-August in future. Though of course, as soon as I do that we’ll have the warmest winter since time began and they’ll all bolt in the balmy temperatures before Christmas.

Taking care of the veg-growing

Image of vegetablesSometimes I think I’ve got a better chance of winning the lottery than growing my veg to perfection, what with increasingly impossible to predict weather plus the usual setbacks from slugs and domestic distractions.
Still, as so often with veg-growing, there’s a compensation: since the thaw set in my little baby plants have been positively basking in 12 degree temperatures as the sun hits the greenhouse, so they’ve just started perking up and putting out fresh new leaves. I reckon give it another month (and no more snow) and they’ll be well and truly off the starting blocks, which will mean

I’m probably going to be enjoying my earliest-ever spring salad crops this year. Click To Tweet

Looks like my lottery ticket is going to come in after all!

Blackberry Story

Blackberry Story

Don’t be fooled by the twiggy look: blackberries grow into monster plants

A lovely big package arrived on my doorstep the other day, with those magical words “Live Plants” on the side. This never fails to make me go all quivery with anticipation.

Inside was a twig, with some roots on the bottom. Not something to get many people excited, unless they’re fanatical kitchen gardeners and they happen to know this is the bare-root blackberry they ordered a few weeks back, arrived at last.
I have a rather attractive slatted fence my carpenter hubby made, disguising my shed nicely and just begging to have things growing up it. Since this particular patch is a bit on the shady side, it’s ideal for berries, which are among the few fruit which don’t need full sunshine.

Buying bare-root is the only way to go with berry fruit:

You get twice as much choice and you pay half the price. It never ceases to amaze me that a plant will quite happily put up with being dug up from its nice cosy home somewhere in, say, Devon, settle into a paper bag and spend a couple of days in the postal system travelling along motorways and doing all the other mysterious things parcels do before arriving on my doorstep, and then after all that spread its roots out in a hole in my back garden and grow like topsy as if nothing had happened.

But that’s how it is, and far be it for me to question it. The only thing that seems to kibosh all that is if you let the roots go for long without planting them back in the ground: three days at most. If you really can’t plant – and with the recent snow I was pretty lucky mine arrived while the ground was thawed – you can plant them temporarily in to a container of compost and plonk that outside while you’re waiting for the ice to melt.

Information about growing blackberries, types of blackberries and more you can find on the following blog www.niftyhomestead.com 

Have you tried berries in salad? Check out our post about salads.

Double pink flowers…

Anyway, so the blackberry now snoozing quietly by my fence is the very nearly thornless ’Ouachita’, bred in Arkansas, growing in Surrey. More prickly, but with, I’m promised, pretty double pink flowers is the other blackberry I’ve put in alongside which is ‘Loch Maree’. The reason I haven’t yet seen the flowers, despite having owned the plant for a year, is that it’s been languishing in a container on my patio: a process which has convinced me that it’s not worth trying to grow blackberries in containers. They just don’t like it – though a smaller variety likemight have been happier.

Later additions I hope will be tayberries and maybe loganberries too. Now all I’ve got to do is get that old 1969 hit by The Move out of my head…