Learn how to use a hedge trimmer in the garden 0

Learn how to use a hedge trimmer in the garden
August 12 01:15 2019 Print This Article

Learning how to use a hedge trimmer in the garden Is extremely easy with the correct application and techniques. In his article we will take a look at some of the best ways which you use a hedge trimmer and some of the best models that are easy to use when you’re a beginner. If you’re a primary learner and it’s the first thing we’ve you’ve done then of course we are going to go with something that is not very powerful, quite compact, and very sensible to use. That king this approach will make you able to get some confidence using hedge trimmers and then you can progress onto something a bit more powerful, perhaps something like a petrol hedge trimmer for example.

Hedge Trimmer

Hedge Trimmer

Once You’re at the point where you’re not a novice anymore and you have got used to petrol hedge trimmer, and you are pretty comfortable using hedge trimmers in general, so then it creates a situation where you can get an awful lot done in the garden very quickly. Trimming bushes and pruning is very simple and straightforward if you can use a hedge trimmer, it also means you can keep your garden in really good condition which is really cool, and all very quickly. It also helps you because everyone needs to get the maintenance done as quick as possible and it results that you’ll have more time to get on with things that your kids will like to do rather than the garden chores themselves. So let’s not waste any more time list I looking at some of the less powerful hedge trimmers they’re actually ideal for beginners

The very first hedge trimmer to learn with: Bosch Isio Cordless Edging and Shrub Shear Set

If you’re a beginner then there’s no better hedge trimmer than the Bosch Isio Cordless Edging and Shrub Shear Set. It’s a tiny little hedge trimmer, completely designed for one-handed use and it’s absolutely ideal when terms of the beginner’s piece of equipment. It doesn’t have an awful lot of power and it’s very lightweight and easy to use. In fact, it’s such a lightweight piece of equipment that is only has a 1.5 amp battery. It also only uses 3.6 volt which makes it literally less than 8 watt power. You really can’t go wrong and do too much damage one of these. But with that said, you really need to be careful your fingers because of course it is designed to cut shrubs and therefore it would cut your finger off if you weren’t careful enough!

Given how little it is, it’s totally ideal to carry around the garden with you and just do a little bit of trimming here and there and absolutely perfect when you just basically are pottering about doing a couple of bits and pieces in the garden, trying to improve things a bit at a time. It’s absolutely really ideal for edging as well which is very cool because it means you just run around the garden with this in your hand and you can even keep it literally in your back pocket it’s that small! Although I would actually suggest that if you’re going to try and learn how to use a hedge from this one isn’t actually totally ideal because it is simply not powerful enough. So in the next review we can have a look at the next size up which will be absolutely ideal in terms of power to learn two handed application use of a hedge trimmer which is the DEWALT DCM563PB-XJ 18 V XR Cordless Hedge Trimmer

DEWALT DCM563PB-XJ 18 V XR Cordless Hedge Trimmer – quality hedge trimmer to learn with.

Although the DEWALT DCM563PB-XJ 18 V XR Cordless Hedge Trimmer Is extremely powerful it also comes with the added benefit of being extremely smooth to use too. Because it’s so powerful it means you can cut through the shrubs really easily without one getting me jerking action and that means that if you’re a learner then it’s going to be absolutely ideal because if you haven’t really got a steady hand yet and you’re trying to make things look neat and tidy then this is absolutely going to be the right cordless hedge trimmer for you. Personally I actually very much like this one even if you’re not an intermediate or beginner, you could even be an advanced user and really appreciate this piece of equipment and the DEWALT DCM563PB-XJ 18 V XR Cordless Hedge Trimmer can be purchased at the link provided!

DEWALT DCM563PB-XJ 18 V XR Cordless Hedge Trimmer

DEWALT DCM563PB-XJ 18 V XR Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Because it’s such a powerful piece of equipment you really do need to be careful when you are learning with this hedge trimmer. I highly recommend you are very careful and perhaps even wear quality safety gloves that will make sure you stay protected and that you keep your fingers well back from many of the buttons or any of the sharp teeth. If you’re not entirely sure you’re then of course stick with something far less powerful start with. But eventually wakes self up to the DEWALT DCM563PB-XJ 18 V XR Cordless Hedge Trimmer and we should we can use an amazing piece of equipment and you’ve done all of your learning you’ll find yourself in a situation where you can get some garden chores done extremely quickly.

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Salad Burnet: Beautiful Leaves 0

Salad Burnet: beautiful leaves
June 29 11:36 2019 Print This Article

Salad Burnet

For years I ignored salad burnet in my mother’s garden. The dainty, toothed leaflets caught my attention, but I thought it was rather a waste of space: small and monochromatic with an odd, sparse little flower, when there was a flower at all. Then one day I tasted it. That soft, thin leaf knocked me over with a happy, clean cucumber flavour. Now I pine after this little herb. Its tidy habit seems cute, the tiny reddish flowers adorable, its hardiness admirable. If I grew it, I could put the leaves in salads, in cool summer drinks, in cream cheese, in soups. This summer I’ll ask my mom to slip me a bit of the root, and she’ll be delighted. Moms—and gardeners—are like that.

  • Common name: Salad burnet
  • Botanical name: Sanguisorba minor
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Zones: 4 to 8
  • Height: 1 to 2 feet
  • Family: Rosaceae

Salad Burnet
Growing conditions

  • Sun: Full sun to light shade
  • Soil: Well-drained, average
  • Moisture: Average


  • Mulch: Mulch to preserve moisture in the soil.
  • Pruning: Cut back to prevent flowering and encourage young leaves, which have the best flavour.
  • Fertiliser: None needed.


  • By seed or by division.

Pests and diseases

  • Not particularly vulnerable to pests or diseases.

Garden notes

  • Salad burnet will naturalise if it’s in an ideal spot. To prevent it from becoming a nuisance, clip flowers after they bloom and before they produce seed.
  • In climates with relatively warm winters, salad burnet produces fresh greens all year long.
  • Leaves have a mild cucumber fragrance and taste—delicious in salads, soups, herb butters, and cold drinks. Leaves are tastiest when young.
  • Salad burnet is great in containers and along the edges of an herb or wildflower garden.

Salad Burnet

All in the family

  • Sanguisorba minor is native to Europe, Africa, and Asia, but has naturalised in the United States. Greater burnet (S. officinalis) and Canadian burnet (S. canadensis) are both native to North America.
  • Salad burnet has a long history of cultivation. In England, during the last half of the 16th century, people added it to wine before serving. Gardeners planted it along paths so the leaves underfoot would release their fragrance. Early European settlers called it pimpernel when they brought it to North America, and Thomas Jefferson grew it for livestock forage.
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Adding Art To The Garden 0

Adding art to the garden
June 16 11:18 2019 Print This Article

Why do artful objects—such as sculptures, architectural artefacts, and birdbaths—have such an impact in the landscape? Like adding jewellery to a little black dress, or a few bright pillows to a tired sofa, art and ornamentation improve the garden’s composition.

Garden decor should provide delight, but it shouldn’t compete with your plants. A well-placed sculpture adds to, rather than detracts from, the border’s appearance. Precious objects displayed side by side with foliage and flowers—or partially hidden among the stems and branches of a favourite plant—give a garden its personality. They also communicate volumes about the gardener’s own tastes and style.

While there is no right or wrong in something as subjective as choosing artwork for your garden, the general rules of scale and proportion, placement and balance, and harmonious composition are useful guidelines.

Adding Art To The Garden

Scale and proportion

Think of scale as the “heft” of materials, shapes, and forms, especially as your garden relates to your home. Evaluate your home’s architecture and use it as a guide to selecting related artwork and ornaments. For example, a Victorian-style home is often feminine in feeling, finished with delicate millwork and highly detailed trim. A contemporary home may be more geometric and massive, with a presence that overwhelms the landscape. A one-story brick ranch house is low to the ground, evoking the idea of midcentury modernity.

Each of these styles requires compatible ornamentation in the garden. A trellis with 2-inch by 2-inch latticework is fitting for a Victorian entry garden, while a beefy arbor with 6-inch by 6-inch posts makes sense for a contemporary home.

Don’t choose garden art that gets dwarfed by the scale of your home. Follow the landscape’s cues, such as the height of the residence or mature trees, rather than sticking close to “human scale.” When selecting columns, urns, and trellises, think big—remember, the sky is your limitless ceiling and large-scale pieces can hold their own in the garden.

I learned this lesson recently when a designer helped me sketch out a rose arbor that I wanted to attach to the side of my house.

Adding Art To The Garden

I envisioned the top of the arbor fitting beneath the first-story windows, which are about 10 feet off the ground. In my drawings, the structure looked squat and oddly suited for the space. The designer encouraged me to raise the top of the arbor to rest above the windows, adding a decorative panel that emulates my home’s Arts-and-Crafts architecture and ties home and garden together.

Proportion is a close relative to scale. A single cherub appears lonely and out of proportion in a woodland garden, but a pair of cherubs, perched on twin rocks at different levels, conveys a definite sense of presence. If you absolutely love an antique birdcage, but it’s too small for your perennial border, place it on a 2-foot concrete pedestal. Or use a favorite technique of interior designers: Group like-minded smaller objects together to fill a larger space. This works well with pots, plaques, or a collection of unusual watering cans.

Placement and Balance

Where you place artwork says volumes about its role in the landscape. A blue-glazed, Ali Baba-sized urn might be fine at the bottom of your porch steps, but looks fantastic when placed in a border at the perimeter of your garden, juxtaposed against a golden-foliaged tree or shrub.

As you stand in the garden, use your eye as a guide. What earns your notice? Is it a bare spot underneath a 15-foot-tall Japanese maple? Why not place an Asian-inspired lantern at its base, or a dish rock to capture rainfall and reflect the sky?

As in fashion and fine art, balance can be symmetrical or asymmetrical, depending upon the mood and style of your garden. Formal gardens usually call for symmetrical touches. Flank the beginning of a pathway with two columns, inviting visitors to further explore the garden’s delights. Centre formally placed fountains or sculptures in the lawn, rather than tucking them to the side.

Hydrangea Flower Planting

Informal gardens have a carefree nature that allows for asymmetrical balance. This technique is rooted in the fine-art concept of the French Third, also called the Golden Mean, in which an artist would divide a canvas into the foreground, the horizon, and the sky (each section filling approximately one-third of the painting).

In your garden, place artwork with a ratio of one-third to two-thirds. Once you’ve divided a vignette into these proportions, you’ll see that the fanciful obelisk should be placed in the one-third side, offsetting an equally important grouping of perennials or flowering shrubs on the two-thirds side. As with anything creative, this approach is subjective. It’s what your eye sees and what pleases you that matters.

Harmonious Composition

This section could also be titled “It’s my style and I’m sticking to it.” As you adorn the garden with nonplant objects, unify your selections. Choose materials, finishes, and objects that relate to your home’s style and to each other. This approach takes discipline, because we gardeners are easily wooed by beautiful objects.

I know one gardener who buys only containers finished in turquoise-coloured glaze, which reflects the verdigris patina of the weathered copper pieces in her Victorian-style garden. Similarly, the creator of a tropical garden filled with oversized phormiums and cannas is drawn to rusted iron and natural terra cotta. From finial-topped trellises in rusted iron to a birdbath and paving stones in terra cotta, her gardening accessories work well together—and with her garden’s style.

Adding Art To The Garden

Extend this harmony to plant choices, making sure the artwork you select looks compatible with nearby plants. I noticed an inspiring example of this on a recent garden tour. Nesting among a mass planting of black mondo grasses (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’) was a 10-inch silver gazing ball. Everyone who noticed this little composition stopped to snap a photo and comment on its brilliance. The plant-artwork pairing was graphic and metallic and unforgettable.

Editing Tips

Returning to the idea of accessorising that little black dress, I recall something a professor said in one of my fashion design courses in college: Once you think you’ve designed the perfect outfit, take one thing away.

Smart design calls for a dose of restraint. Like removing the extra bracelet so the necklace and earrings draw attention to your face, take a walk through your garden and look for clutter you can eliminate. Where can you take away a distracting piece of art and instead let the surrounding plantings sing their song?
Strive to add extraordinary pieces to your garden and take away objects that don’t distinguish themselves. There certainly is room for kitsch—

Watering Flower

I experience joy each time I see the student-made ceramic “totem” I purchased at my son’s school auction. But it’s placed in the kitchen garden, which is the ideal spot for a playful, childlike piece of artwork.

Give your garden an air of sophistication, a sense of harmony, and a touch of restraint. Allow some objects to take centre stage, with others in a supporting role. Well-placed objects will enhance your garden’s beauty and reflect your personal style.

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How to get a cheap bird feeder 0

orange peel bird feeder
June 16 11:16 2019 Print This Article

It’s no secret that the economy has slowed down in recently months.  Gas and grocery prices are up, and we’re all looking for ways to save a buck.  So what’s a backyard bird watcher to do when it’s time to refill the bird feeder with expensive seed?  Resourceful bird lovers can continue to attract birds without breaking the bank with these tips from National Wildlife Federation’s naturalist and backyard wildlife expert David Mizejewski.

Bird Feeder

1. Plant natural feeders.

Birds only use feeders to supplement the natural foods they find in the landscape, so focus of your bird-feeding efforts on your plants even in good economic times.  Plants feed birds with seeds, berries, nuts, sap and nectar as well as shelter and nesting places.  Once planted, they’ll provide free bird food for years to come.

2. Say no to insecticides.

Before you reach for the bug killer think about this: 96 percent of bird species in North America feed their babies insects.  Most adult birds rely on insects as a source of protein too, but even those that primarily eat plant foods as adults still feed their young insects, including hummingbirds.  Make sure you have plenty of insect life for the birds by going organic and eliminating insecticides.  Let the birds control the insects for you.

Bird Feeder

3. Go native.

Native plants that grow naturally in your area provide birds with the foods they’ve been eating for thousands of years and thrive in local soils and weather.  Many exotic plants don’t provide seeds or fruits that birds can eat and those that do have become invasive pests.  Native plants also support up to 60 percent more insects than exotics and therefore more birds.  Luckily, many natives are ornamental and commercially available.

4. Attract birds with water. 

Even if you can’t provide food, a simple bird bath with clean water will attract plenty of birds to your yard.  Replace the water every three days to keep the bath clean and to avoid mosquito problems.

5. Free food.

Make your own suet by recycling bacon grease. Next time you fry up a batch of bacon, pour the grease into a plastic container and freeze it. You can then put it out in a suet cage or mesh onion bags as a high calorie treat for birds such as woodpeckers, jays and chickadees. Saving the plastic packages from store-bought suet and using them again to make your own will save you even more.

Bird Feeder

6. Buy in bulk.

If you are addicted to watching the constant activity of birds visiting your feeders, consider buying seed in bulk to save some cash.  Avoid seed blends which often have “filler” seeds that most birds toss aside and feed black-oil sunflower seed, which all feeder birds relish.  Store seed in a metal container with a secure lid to keep moisture and other critters out.

7. Grow your own feeders. 

Plant sunflowers instead of buying expensive sunflower seed.  The flowers look beautiful and also provide nectar for bees and other beneficial insects.  In the fall, cut the flower heads and hang them in the yard as home-grown bird feeders.

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