Category: Garden Maintenance


Garden Maintenance
// July 28, 2018
dividing congested plants

Once a plant has captured the entire pot, and if it is not practical to move it to a larger one, the division may revive it and will also give you a number of extra plants. Not all plants respond to the division. Those with a fibrous root system, like calatheas and most ferns, are…

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Garden Maintenance
// July 14, 2018

What Is Bark Eating Caterpillar? Bark eating Caterpillar is also known as Indarbela tetraonis. It is the type of caterpillar that lives and feeds on the plant stems and branches. Life Stages of a Bark Eating Caterpillar: Egg – The moths lay eggs in clusters in the bark crevices. The eggs are light brown After…

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Garden Maintenance
// July 5, 2018
how to transplant a tree

For successful transplanting the essential conditions are that the exhalation of moisture from the leaves be kept as low as possible while the roots are in a state unfit to furnish their standard supply; for this reason, deciduous trees may be transplanted with most safety when the leaves have fallen. Exhalation of moisture from the…

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Garden Maintenance
// June 14, 2018
how to get rid of bhirud

What are stem borers or bhriud? The larvae of stem borers are commonly known as squash vine borers, as they burrow into the zucchini vine and other vegetables like pumpkins, i.e. one belongs to the cucurbits family (cucumbers and melons are not usually a problem). Once the vine is infested, the larvae feed for about…

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Garden Maintenance
// June 11, 2018
how to get rid of bagworms

What are Bagworms? Bagworms are moths that feed on shrubs and trees during their larval stage. They pesky pests are small and create little diamond-shaped bags on arborvitae. They love deciduous trees, coniferous trees, fruit trees and perennial flowers. Bagworms are sneaky pests as they camouflage their web with bits of the tree they live…

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Garden Maintenance
// May 31, 2018
how to get rid of aphids

Aphids are insects with soft bodies that cover the leaves and stems of your plants and suck the sap out of your garden plant. They range from shades of green to grey or reddish brown color. Luckily, these are easy to spot and easy to get rid off. What are Aphids? Aphids easily venture into…

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Garden Maintenance
// May 25, 2018
making compost at home

A time will come very soon when composting at home or in your society will be made mandatory by law. Before you think that it’s being enforced on you, look at the primary reasons why it is so important. The following information will give you wider perspective towards the idea of home composting, and you…

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Garden Maintenance
// April 30, 2018
How to water trees

Trees use water during photosynthesis and lose it during transpiration. Insufficient water or drought conditions can hamper tree growth, and make it susceptible to pest problems. Proper watering during summers and to combat stressful drought periods can work wonders. How to Water Trees? Check the soil moisture and water when it reaches a critical level….

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Garden Maintenance
// April 16, 2018
composting, backyard composting

Summer vacations have arrived. How about making the most of your idle time and using it to make some backyard compost. Well, don’t worry! We assure that it won’t stink, instead would prove beneficial for your garden and surroundings. The bonus is the sense of satisfaction! So, let’s prep for Earth Day and start with…

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Garden Maintenance
// March 24, 2018
plant disease list

Plants can fall sick because of many reasons. It is important for gardeners to understand the difference between plant diseases and physiological disorders. The symptoms of both can be quite deceptive and confusing at times. In this blog, we will look at primary symptoms of plant diseases caused due to fungi, bacteria and viruses, signs…

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Garden Maintenance
// March 19, 2018
how to make a birdhouse

Building a birdhouse is truly timeless and fascinating. Also known as nest boxes, bird houses were earlier made from clay, wood, thin aluminum and other natural materials. Birdhouses ensure that your feathery friends never leave your garden and stay protected from the harsh weather conditions. In this blog, we will explore: Benefits of a birdhouse…

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Garden Maintenance
// March 10, 2018
pollination in plants with bees

A report published by Scroll.in on June 5, 2017, showed that bees were disappearing at a rapid rate from India. Some bees species reduced by 80% in Odisha alone. Farmers in Odisha noticed that bee population was going down at a rapid pace since 2002. Since farmers knew how beneficial these species were for pollination…

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Garden Maintenance
// February 19, 2018
potted palm trees

Also known as Chamaedorea elegans and Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlor Palm is the most versatile and almost no-maintenance plant. Its dark green foliage glorifies the indoor and outdoor premises and also purifies the air. The best part about growing parlor palm does not need specific or optimum conditions to grow. Introduction to Parlor Palm Plant:…

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Garden Maintenance
// January 10, 2018
how to repot bonsai plant

In bonsai gardening, re-potting is the beginning of presenting a plant in a special form. The plant is placed specialized bonsai pot, which is a shallow ceramic container with two distinct drainage holes at the bottom. Re-potting in bonsai is always done in association with root pruning, and complete or partial modification of soil mixtures….

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Garden Maintenance
// January 5, 2018
how to make terrace garden or rooftop garden

A green roof is a vegetated space (plantation) that is integrated on the top of a man-made structure like a commercial or a residential building. A green roof is often referred as rooftop garden or terrace garden in India. These gardens are developed to be accessible to people and may involve elaborate landscaping requirements such…

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Garden Maintenance
// January 3, 2018
organic gardening at home

Like all other living things plants too need right conditions to thrive. For instance, some plants would grow well in a hot, sunny and dry garden, while some would prefer cool, moist and shady conditions to prosper. If you wish to have a healthy organic garden, you need to take the following conditions into account:…

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Garden Maintenance
// November 24, 2017
soil compaction test

Soil compaction can be defined as a mechanical method used to increase the soil density. It is done by forcefully packing soil materials, reducing pore space and removing gas. If performed improperly, soil erosion and mud puddle inconvenience might occur. Thus, it is critical that you learn the knacks of performing this primary part of…

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Garden Maintenance
// November 15, 2017
glauconite greensand

Our gardening soil is in constant need of soil amendment and fertilizer that can help in maintaining the yield. An excellent organic gardener understands the soil requirement, and is aware of the fact that he cannot use synthetic fertilizer for the same. Thus, he is on a constant lookout for natural and sustainable options. One…

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Garden Maintenance
// November 10, 2017
how to take care of succulents

People buy succulents with a mindset that Succulents need no care, and end up causing casualties to these lovelies. Even if you are an expert gardener, you need to avoid some common mistakes to keep your little green friends healthy and flourishing.  What are the common mistakes you need to avoid while growing succulents? 1….

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Garden Maintenance
// November 3, 2017
sources of irrigation in india

India has about 140 million hectares of net cultivated area, out of which merely 45% is irrigated. Currently, 9 million hectare is under micro-irrigation, in which drip irrigated area is 4 million hectare. For the plant growth adequate supply of water is extremely important. Irrigation is the only way our farmers can continue to store…

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Garden Maintenance
// September 29, 2017
non chemical methods of pest control

All garden plants are prone to infestation by pests and diseases. The key is early detection and immediate action. Infestation can be controlled by using harmful insecticides and pesticides. However, spraying chemicals should be avoided as much as possible, and preventive measures should be used to get rid of pests and diseases. Prevention is better…

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Garden Maintenance
// September 18, 2017
Dussehra: Getting rid of Garden Ravanas

Every gardener knows the evil that exists in his garden in the form of Pests, Weeds, Water, Chemical laden fertilizers, Slugs, Powdery mildew and much more. He fights all his life to keep the garden safe from the infestation of these evils. Thus, on Dussehra, we will help you Get Rid of Ravana’s 10 Heads…

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Garden Maintenance
// September 11, 2017
Protector plants for Vegetable Garden

Gardening is full of challenges, and there is no bigger challenge than having a control of pests and insects. This problem can get severe in vegetable farming and kitchen gardening. It is not a good idea to use toxic chemical pesticides right away. As part of prevention, you must include protector plants in your vegetable…

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Garden Maintenance
// August 28, 2017
humidifier plants

Many of the houseplants in their natural habitat receive a high amount of humidity. It is impossible to maintain high humid conditions indoors because it would be uncomfortable for the inmates. As a result, plants that require high humid conditions can face difficulty growing indoors. But it is possible to improvise methods by which humidity…

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Garden Maintenance
// August 20, 2017
tree transplanting

Sometimes, planning can go awry no matter how thorough you’ve been. This is especially the case when you’ve planted trees without quite figuring out their growing patterns. Inevitably, you’ll find that a tree needs to be moved if it is to continue growing and thriving. Now, undoubtedly, this can seem like an intimidating task. The…

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Garden Maintenance
// August 14, 2017
how to get rid of whiteflies on plants

What are Whiteflies? Whiteflies are one of the common pest problems that pose a threat to your lovely ornamental plants both in the greenhouse and outdoors. About 1500 whitefly varieties are found worldwide. They belong to the group of aphids and scales. The tiny insects not only damage the plant by feeding on them but…

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Garden Maintenance
// August 9, 2017
backyard shed ideas

So you’ve put a lot of love and care for your garden. It looks beautiful, neat and professional and is a source of constant pride. There’s a thriving vegetable patch, a luscious fruit patch, a vibrant flower bed and even well-organized borders around it all. But does it still feel like something is missing? Is…

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Garden Maintenance
// July 23, 2017
how to control fungal infection

Plant diseases come in many varieties, with fungal infections being the most common. Their onset is usually slow. This is different from pest infestations, which can be fast acting and devastating. The good thing about plant diseases like a fungal infection is that it gives you the time to make a difference before it’s too…

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Garden Maintenance
// July 17, 2017

A disease is a physiological disturbance in a plant caused by fungus, virus, harmful bacteria or even deficiency of minerals. Healthy plants grown with adequate nutrition and water are less susceptible to pests and diseases. Plants which grow under cultivated conditions need more care than those which grow naturally. This is part II of our…

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Garden Maintenance
// July 14, 2017
garden maintenance in rainy season

So, the monsoon is on the way and almost here and you’re thinking about how it’s going to affect your gardening. Well, the first thing is that it is time to change your routine. The weather, depending on how windy, rainy, humid or muggy it gets, will be impacting your garden in unique ways. However,…

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Garden Maintenance
// July 12, 2017
soil erosion prevention

Well, if you don’t, then you definitely should! Depending on where you’re living, the rain can get quite heavy, and the winds can blow strongly. With these two elements combined, it is the perfect recipe for damaging your garden. Soil erosion occurs when the top layer of your soil is washed away due to fast…

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Garden Maintenance
// July 9, 2017
Plant Disease

When the rains start, we begin to take extra care of ourselves and our families. Why? Because it is common knowledge that there are many diseases in the air which could harm our loved ones and us. So, we take the simple but effective steps that are necessary to get through this season unscathed. Did…

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Garden Maintenance
// July 2, 2017
protect plants from heavy rain

The rainy season can be a tricky time for a gardener and the garden. There’s the obvious relief from the dryness, humidity and heat from the summer months. This is the time to grow and flourish when plants begin to bloom and develop. Also, this reduces your burden of regularly watering your plants. Mother Nature…

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Garden Maintenance
// June 26, 2017
money plant care

In India, even if you aren’t a gardener or haven’t had much experience with plants, you still would have heard about the money plant. Every neighbor, relative, friend and acquaintance with even a slightly green thumb will attest to the fact that this is often the first plant they bring home. Another popular name for…

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Garden Maintenance
// June 19, 2017
how to get rid of snails and slugs

No matter how much effort you put into protecting your garden, one thing will always remain true; somehow pests will always find a way in. So then, what actually matters is how you get rid of them and whether that remedy is permanent or not. Snails and slugs are such pests that will often show…

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Garden Maintenance
// June 12, 2017
plant nutrient deficiency

A unhealthy, weak and sick looking plant is not always result of diseases and infections. The symptoms of nutrient deficiency can be similar to the symptoms of viral or bacterial diseases. Let’s have a look at importance of basic nutrients(NPK), supplementary nutrients and micronutrients (trace elements) and their deficiency symptoms. Nitrogen deficiency: The deficiency of…

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Garden Maintenance
// June 9, 2017
tomato flowers falling off

There is a lot of joy in having your own garden. It’s a tangible fruit of your labour, the result of every hour you put into making it beautiful. And in most cases, the effort you put in is directly proportional to the result. What that means is, what you put in is what you…

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Garden Maintenance
// June 5, 2017
large area sprinkler

Growing a diverse garden with different kinds of plants is what every home gardener wants. It’s the kind of activity that keeps you engaged and keeps gardening from getting boring or repetitive. Plus, you get to discover plants that you may not have thought of seeing before. But there’s one little hitch with this desire…

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Garden Maintenance
// May 22, 2017
taking care of plants in summer

Every plant loves the sun. It’s what nourishes them, helps them grow and bloom and blossom into what they are meant to be. But too much of sunlight is hazardous. That’s because, just like people, plants can experience sunburn too. And, also just like it is for people, this is a pretty unpleasant experience for…

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Garden Maintenance
// May 18, 2017
chlorophytum plant

Spider plants, scientifically known as Chlorophytum comosum, are one of the most common and well-known houseplants in the world. Why? Because they are very easy to grow and maintain and even develop tiny white flower blossoms on their arching stems as they mature. Their olivine clusters of thin, spindly leaves are unique and beloved by…

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Garden Maintenance
// May 3, 2017
Manuring a young plant

Are you happy with your gardening experience?  Is your tomato plant not bearing enough fruits? Are the flowers of your plant falling off? Are your Rose and Hibiscus plants not blooming at all? Is your Tulsi plant struggling to grow? Are you not sure which fertilizers you should add to your home garden plants, indoor…

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Garden Maintenance
// April 30, 2017

The lawn is a primary feature for home ground development and an essential feature for any other type of garden, like a green carpet for a landscape. In a home garden, a good lawn improves the appearance of the house, enhances its beauty, increases conveniences, and usefulness thus adding the monetary value to the property….

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Garden Maintenance
// April 28, 2017
good luck plant

It’s clear why most, if not all, of us, bring home the feng shui bamboo plant or lucky bamboo plant. It’s right there in the name! We all want to invite more prosperity and success into our lives, and that’s what the lucky bamboo, or Dracaena sanderiana, is said to do. However, it’s equally important to…

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Garden Maintenance
// April 3, 2017
spraying pest control chemicals

A garden lover would like to have healthy plants by following proper cultivation practice and keeping the surroundings clean rather than try to cure them after the appearance of diseases and pest. Unfortunately, most of the commercial farmers and gardeners depend heavily on chemical pesticides for plant protection. It is not possible for everyone to…

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Garden Maintenance
// March 29, 2017
plant watering system

Inquisitive gardeners have created inventive gardening methods and products that are not only good for us bust also beneficial for our plants. With these “7 Advantages of Self-watering Containers Every Gardener Must Know” you will explore and understand how you can save water, keep your plants moist and healthy and have a flourishing green garden…

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Garden Maintenance
// March 19, 2017
summer gardening tips

Extreme summer is here with average temperatures reaching nearly 40 degrees Celsius. When the mercury rises so high, your prime focus should be on protecting the already existing garden plants from the scorching heat & making your garden ready for the upcoming monsoon season. Following are some important gardening activities to do in summer: Soil…

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Garden Maintenance
// March 8, 2017
homemade pesticide

While there may be many gardening care products available in the market, and they all have quite a few benefits, sometimes all you need is something natural. If you have some vinegar lying about in your fridge or your cupboard, then you can use it for many beneficial reasons for your garden. Vinegar like a…

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Garden Maintenance
// February 1, 2017
why leaves turn yellow

Every gardener loves his/her plants not just because they are pretty and smell amazing, but also because of the amount of care they have put in to get the plant to its healthiest state. So much love and nurturing goes into cultivating a garden, that it is nothing short of a triumph when the plants…

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Garden Maintenance
// January 13, 2017
Natural Pest Control Methods

Insects are a part and parcel of your lush green garden. Many of them are beneficial who help plants to pollinate & many of them are harmful to garden plants; we label them as pests. There are established chemical pesticides & insecticides which are extremely efficient in agriculture & farming. However, it’s a well-known fact…

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Garden Maintenance
// December 19, 2016
types of weeds

Gardening isn’t all about having a green thumb. Sure, you need to get out there and get you hands dirty, sow the seeds, water, fertilise and so on and so forth. But that is just a part of this process. The other part may be even more important than the hands-on work. Read about Green…

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Garden Maintenance
// December 12, 2016
top flowering shrubs

Flowering shrubs are important because they are available in various shapes, sizes, and forms and even flowers are of different colors and shapes. Possibly the most significant point is that unlike the seasonal flowers, they are perennial in habit, and need a little care. If the proper selection is made the shrubs will provide flowers…

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Garden Maintenance
// December 7, 2016
lightweight filler for planters

We often don’t realize this till it’s too late but sometimes, while buying large planting pots, we’re biting off more than we can chew. Just think about it, you get home, all excited to get planting, and then you realize the how much soil a large-sized pot requires actually to be filled up. Filling up…

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Garden Maintenance
// November 7, 2016
Red Hibiscus flower

Exotic flowers add a bit of tropical flavor to any garden, but it can seem that growing them can be difficult. Or at least that is the assumption. But a flower like the Hibiscus, though looks like it may be difficult to grow and maintain, it can be done with the right knowledge. A Hibiscus…

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Garden Maintenance
// October 23, 2016
diwali celebration

Diwali is just around the corner, and preparations for it have probably begun at your home. One has to clean up every nook and corner of the house, go out shopping for new clothes (yay!), invite guests and relatives to stay for the long weekend, prepare a bevy of yummy traditional sweets, arrange for puja…

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Garden Maintenance
// October 14, 2016
Winter gardening

Winter in India is the most delightful season of gardening. Cold climate, dry air, clear blue skies & pleasant sunlight are perfect for growing all kind of vegetables & flowering plants. If you wish to make the most of this season, your garden place should be ready for it well in advance. Fortunately, you have…

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Garden Maintenance
// October 2, 2016

The most common yet most terrifying problem that a home gardener faces is an infestation of mealy bugs. The first onset in usually pretty slow and you won’t even notice your plants going bad until one day when they do, and you wouldn’t have even seen it coming. Is there any way to defend against…

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Garden Maintenance
// September 28, 2016
caterpillar insect

We put lots of time into our gardens, doting over each plant lovingly because so much hard work has gone into growing them. From seed to germination, adolescence, and maturity, these plants are our babies, and we rightly feel protective of them. But some types of pests can leave us feeling a little helpless and…

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Garden Maintenance
// September 19, 2016
Houseplants diseases and solutions

We all like to grow houseplants aka indoor plants. With a little care, a well-chosen house plant will continue to decorate a room for a long time. A newly brought plant passes through a period of readjustment after which it gets acclimatized in its new home. The growth of houseplants depends on many factors like…

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Garden Maintenance
// September 14, 2016

What is mulching? The process of covering the open surface of the ground by a layer of some external material is called mulching & the material used for covering is called as ‘Mulch.’ Mulching is usually practiced when cultivating commercially important crops, fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, nursery saplings, etc. It is beneficial in yard gardening,…

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Garden Maintenance
// August 26, 2016

Unlike animals, most plants are blessed with the ability to regenerate their lost organs by forming new ones. Regeneration is a natural response of plants to injuries, wounds & removal of plant parts. Pruning, on the other hand, is a planned removal of plants branches, leaves, twigs, limbs, shoots or roots. It is an essential…

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Garden Maintenance
// July 29, 2016
Types of insect pests

Whether you are growing ornamentals or vegetables, your garden plants are always prone to insect infestations, particularly in monsoon season. Remember, not all insects are pests; in fact, many of them are beneficial to plants in different ways. But the insects that are well-known pests can have a nasty impact on your Hibiscus, Roses, Tomatoes,…

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Garden Maintenance
// July 27, 2016
Gardening Tips & Tricks

Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade – Rudyard Kipling. You need to toil in your garden in order to preserve its beauty. Specially during the rainy season you need to provide equivalent efforts to beautify your green espace. Here are the best gardening tips for Monsoon that…

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Garden Maintenance
// June 6, 2016
monsoon gardening

Monsoon is on our doorsteps. Soon the great showers will come pouring down & within no time, the entire complexion of our surroundings will magically transform into an epic green stage. Our new gardening season also begins in the month of June, at the onset of monsoon. No matter how small or big your garden is,…

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Garden Maintenance
// May 21, 2016

Weeds are the most ardent species in the garden that never stop irritating the gardeners and their favorite plants. These plants start growing without even being cultivated, and their only motive is to harm the other plants. It is important to keep the weeds away from your garden, but obviously, you don’t like the idea…

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Garden Maintenance
// May 5, 2016
indoor plants, plant disease, plant care

Indoor plants may develop many cultural or environmental diseases because at times the indoor conditions do not favour the plants to grow effectively. The deficiency of sunlight and incorrect natural conditions might reinforce certain diseases and problems to take over your favorite plants. But no need to worry! Here we are with a list of…

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Garden Maintenance
// May 3, 2016
raking leaves, rake, rake meaning

The process of gathering leaves or smoothing the earth with the help of a long handheld implement that projects long teeth is known as Raking. The process of Raking takes a considerable amount of time and effort. We have listed below ten tips that will certainly ease the entire process of Raking. Rake in the…

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Garden Maintenance
// April 16, 2016

A passionate gardener always owns a set of bespoke garden accessories. These are essential and extremely helpful while performing the harsh garden activities but are trendy too. Hat: Gardening task gets difficult when you work under the sun. It drains your energy and makes you sun tanned. Obviously when you begin this activity, you never…

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Garden Maintenance
// April 11, 2016
how to maintain garden tools, garden scissors, cleaning garden tools

Garden tool is like a helping hand. Without a proper gardening tool, it is nearly impossible to work in the garden. They save time and energy and help to keep the garden prim and proper. It is of vital importance that these tools are taken good care of, as once bought and maintained well they…

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Garden Maintenance
// April 10, 2016

High temperature, scorching heat and the sun glaring right at the top of our heads, drains the energy. It is not we humans who have to alone face the tragic heat; the plants too suffer its side effects like dehydration. If proper care is not taken, the plants will wither away. Summer is the season…

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Garden Maintenance
// April 1, 2016
Gardening Tools, Rake, Spade, Lopper, Wheelbarrow

For any gardener, it is imperative to understand the types of garden tools available in the market and their uses. Let us first understand the most fundamental tools without which your gardening activity may turn into a tedious job. Hand Trowel: Trowel is a great boon for gardeners. It is used to dig plant holes…

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Garden Maintenance
// March 28, 2016

If you have a garden, you will obviously have to set a drainage system that entirely drains water out of your garden. If you face a problem with drainage, especially during moderate to heavy rainfall, it’s time that you look after your drainage system seriously. Instead of getting dismayed about your garden, gear up and…

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Garden Maintenance
// March 15, 2016
raised garden bed tools

Raised garden beds are also known as garden boxes and are optimum for growing small plots of veggies and flowers. Following are the reasons why raised beds are an excellent way to garden: Raised beds facilitate proper aeration Raised beds provide good drainage even in heavy rains Allow ideal root development Risk of soil compaction…

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