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How to Choose a Lawn Spreader

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A lawn spreader is what you use to distribute fertilisers for your grass, and choosing the right spreader is vital if you want to complete the job of tending your lawn with minimal fuss and effort.  A lot of people unfortunately find it harder than it needs to be because they buy spreaders that are too small for their lawns.  Spreader size is determine by the size of the area to be covered, just as spreader type is determined too by the same factor as well as personal preferences pertinent to the jobs outcome.

First off, remember that lawn spreaders generally come in average or regular sizes, with smaller and larger versions (usually the sizes refer to the hoppers, so this would mean smaller or larger hoppers) being a little less popular.  Have the size you get be proportionate to the size of your lawn, and only shell out the additional money for bigger lawn spreaders if your lawn is significantly larger than an average suburban homes yard.

Next, take a look at the types of spreader available.  Usually, there are two kinds of lawn spreaders.  The first one would be the rotary types, which cast the fertiliser outwards in wide swaths: this type of lawn spreader is ideal if you are the sort of person who wants to get the chore over and done with as soon as humanly possible.  As mentioned earlier, the size of the lawn also affects the type of spreader you choose.  The rotary lawn spreaders are more strongly recommended for those who have large lawns, owing to their wide throwing mechanism.  The way they work also means you cannot use them if you have islands of flowers or other plants in the middle of your yard.

The other type of spreader is the drop spreader, which is better for those who prefer precision in their task and who have the time to spare for the added work.  The drop spreaders works exactly as its name implies, and it is better for smaller lawns.

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Written by chamiers

September 20th, 2011 at 12:14 am

Posted in Gardening

Flowers Named after Famous People

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Flowers Named after Famous People

Whether you’re trying to learn how to become a florist or you just possess a keen interest in nature, this list of flowers named after famous people should both amuse and delight you. The name of each flower is listed, along with a brief description and basic information.

  • Abraham Lincoln – Four different types of roses have been named after this famous American president: “President Lincoln,“ “Souvenir du President,“ “Mr. Lincoln,“ and Honest Abe.” The first two on the list are hybrid teas, while the second two are miniature moss roses.
  • Amelia Earhart – The famous pilot inspired the name for this creamed blush pink hybrid tea rose.
  • Audrey Hepburn – With large flowers and a light pink color, this hybrid tea rose is named after the famous actress.
  • Barbra Streisand – The actress, singer, and all-around entertainer has a lavender and mauve hybrid tea rose named after her.
  • Betty Boop – Known to grow well in all climates, this big-bloomed red floribunda rose was created by Tom Carruth in 1999 and named after the popular cartoon character.
  • Betty White – The veteran actress and comic has a blush pink hybrid tea rose named after her.
  • Bing Crosby – This dark orange hybrid tea rose is named for the legendary actor and singer.
  • Bob Hope – Since Bing Crosby has one, it’s only appropriate that his movie partner warrants a medium red hybrid tea rose.
  • Cary Grant – One of the all-time greats in cinema, Cary Grant inspired an orange blend hybrid tea rose with brilliant colors.
  • Dolly Parton – With blooms that range from orange to red, this fragrant hybrid tea rose can grow to five feet tall and blooms twice in season. It’s named after the country singer and actress known for her busty figure.
  • George Burns – This cigar-smoking comic lived to be 100, and his lengthy career inspired this yellow blend floribunda rose.
  • Henry Fonda – With a strong resistance to diseases, this yellow rose was named after the Oscar-winning actor and father of Jane and Peter.
  • Judy Garland – The colors on this floribunda rose range from yellow to orange and scarlet. Named after the famous entertainer who portrayed Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
  • Marilyn Monroe – Created in 2002 by Tom Carruth, this hybrid tea rose has a light apricot color and does well in hot weather.
  • Paul McCartney – A member of the legendary Beatles, McCartney served as the inspiration for this medium pink hybrid tea rose.
  • William Shakespeare – The greatest playwright of all time had this deep scarlet modern shrub rose named after him.

If you want to know how to become a florist, you’re going to need to be as familiar as possible with every type of flower. Hopefully, this list has helped you get pointed in the right direction.

Written by randy

April 8th, 2011 at 11:07 am

Posted in Gardening,Hobbies

Growing Veggies

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Whether you’re looking for info on something specific, like “how to grow pumpkins in Texas”, or the answer to a more generic gardening question, finding information online about how to grow your own veggies is really easy.

For example, this article on how to grow potatoes in a container is a good place to start if you want to grow your own potatoes in a convenient growing container.

Here are a few more gardening tips, all found with a simple web search, and all available for free online.

How to grow tomatoes indoors

Prepare a good soil mix by combining 9 parts potting soil mix to 1 part worm castings. You can buy both of these at any hardware or gardening supply store, even at some big box retail stores.

Plant your tomato seeds about 1/4 inch into the soil, placing eight tomato seeds per inch. Keep seeds and trays covered for the first few days until you see shoots.

How to grow herbs in the garden

Most herbs need little more than a sunny spot in the garden and very little TLC from their grower.

Any good garden soil is perfect for herbs–if you want to get technical, you can test the pH level and make sure it is between 6 and 7.5 for the best results.

Be sure your soil drains well, as very few herbs like moist ground.

How to grow cucumbers

One of the easiest and most delicious veggies to grow is the cucumber. The perfect summer veggie, cucumbers cool you off and pair well with just about any meal.

Cukes need lots of sunshine and warmth, so don’t try to grow them in shade.

Cukes grow best in well-drained soil, so a raised bed is ideal. 6 inches of raised soil should be plenty to grow the best cucumbers on your block.

Growing veggies is rewarding and can save you a few trips to the grocery store. Follow simple and free advice you find online to grow just about any veggie just about anywhere.

Written by randy

March 30th, 2011 at 11:40 am

Posted in Gardening