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All about Water Garden

What is it?

Water gardening is a very beautiful form of gardening that has been present and followed for ages. The Mughal gardens, in particular, have water features in their garden. Water adds life to all the gardens irrespective of its size. The simulation of a natural landscape with a water body by proper planning with the use of the different plants and other features is called water gardening. It helps in breaking the monotony of a large scape of land. These forms of gardens have become popular in the contemporary style of gardening. The water gardens have an endless variety, designs and planting options that make them unique and personalized in their style. Apart from the Mughal style of gardens, the Japanese style of the garden also uses the water component as a very essential part of their gardens along with the koi fishes in it.

 

Where can we design?

The water garden can be designed in either a naturally available water body or in an artificially created body of water. The water garden created becomes complete when it is visible even from our living space and provides pleasure to us. The site should have bright sunlight for at least six hours. It will help in the growth of the plants that have been planted in it. A shady place or a place under a tree should be avoided as it will be a hindrance to the growth of the plants and there are also chances of getting dirty very often. Also, a very high sunny location will  lead to the growth of algae. So, the location is very critical for a water garden to enjoy and maintain it. Access for electricity is also important for providing lights and other features to the water garden.

How to add plants in there?

The plants in a water garden are easy to plant. The plants in a water garden are either completely rooted in the ground or they float in the surface of the water or can even be submerged. The rooted plants can be planted directly in the soil or it can be planted in small pots and kept on the ground surface. The creation of shelf like structures during the construction of a water garden is essential for those plants that are to be placed in the pots. The floating plants have no issues and can be made to float in the surface of the water. The deeper the water garden, the greater are the options for plants and the various features being incorporated in the water garden.

Before planting the rooted plants, soil to a height of about 1 feet is added and manures like compost or cow dung is added for the good growth of the plants. The plants that are rooted are planted and water is being filled till the crown region. Once as the plant starts to grow, the water level can be increased.

  • Rooted plants – Lotus, Water Lily
  • Floating plants – Eichhornia species
  • Submerged plants – Valesneria, Hydrilla

 

  • Water Lily

What are the components of it? 

  1. Pond liners – These help in the construction of an artificial water garden. The liners are available in various materials like rubber, fiberglass, plastic, and concrete. The fixing if the liners will create the basic structure for the water garden. It is available in different sizes and shapes.
  2. Pumps – It helps in the movement of water from one place to another in a water garden or to a fountain or waterfalls in the garden. It also helps in maintaining the water quality by filtering.
  3. Filters – Used for the sole purpose of cleaning water in the water garden. The filters can be either mechanical or biological. The water basically flows through the filter in the water garden and gets filtered in this process. It makes the water safe for fishes and plants. Skimmers are a sort of mechanical filter that cleans the bigger sized debris in the water.
  4. Fountains – They make a very beautiful component in the water garden. They break the monotony of the water garden. The different forms of the fountain and the various lighting adds beauty to the entire garden
  5. Waterfall – The waterfalls create a calm and serene atmosphere to the water garden and it is also pleasing to the eye. The mild sound of the waterfall gives a relaxing effect to the people there.
  6. Lightings – It is used to enhance the beauty of the various features added to the water garden.

      7. Fishes – Fishes create a mobility to the garden. They bring more life to the overall garden and also help in cleaning the algae in the water surface.

Steps to construct the pond

  • Select a suitable site.
  • Dig out the land for the water body.
  • Plan for the electrical and plumbing lines and for the various fixtures to be installed.
  • Place the liner and fasten it strongly.
  • Add the soil and plants.
  • Add the rocks or gravels for beautification.
  • Fill in with the water and fishes.
  • Plan the surrounding landscape to compliment the water garden.

Water garden is one of the most rewarding features you can add to your garden. Whether you choose a small or a full-scale pond, soothing sights and sounds of running water, the colorful and often fragrant water plants, beautiful koi fish and the wild creatures they attract, will bring peace and serenity to your landscape.

 

Happy gardening

 

Different types of Garden Sheds

Hey, my ‘green thumb’ people! How have you been doing? Where do you keep  your garden tools after you are done using them in the garden? Are they kept in your garage? Why deny them the comfort of luxury just because they are utilitarian tools? Have you thought of constructing a garden shed to store the garden tools? If not, here is all the information you need to know, to embark upon building a garden shed.

 

 

WHAT IS A GARDEN SHED?

A shed can be described as a single-storey structure, positioned in the back of a garden, which serves the purpose of storage and workshops. It can either be placed on the patio or adjacent to the house. There are various kinds of garden sheds ranging from corrugated metal tin-roofed garden sheds, lavish and classy wooden framed garden sheds to low-maintenance plastic garden sheds. The kind of material that you want to employ for the garden shed should be governed by the time and energy you can invest in their maintenance.

TYPE A: METAL GARDEN SHED

Metal Garden Shed

A metal garden shed made from a thin sheet of metal offers protection from fire and termite attacks. It is ideal for long-term investment owing to its strength and durability. However, the metal garden shed is vulnerable to rust if it is constructed of steel which is not galvanized. A thin metal sheet is prone to denting especially in an area with high-traffic.

TYPE B: PLASTIC GARDEN SHED

Plastic Garden Shed

Plastic garden sheds made from PUV and polyethylene, bask in the glory of its multiple facilities ranging from least-expenditure, UV ray protection, durability, stability, and resistance. Certain plastic sheds are modular which allows for flexible extensions, peg-boards, shelving, attic-storage, windows, skylights, and other accessories to be added later.

TYPE C: WOODEN FRAMED GARDEN SHED

Wooden framed garden sheds add a vintage flavor to the garden apart from syncing with a picture perfect lush green carpet, which is your garden, sprinkled with flower blooms. A wooden garden shed needs to be pampered with proper maintenance to prevent splitting, rotting or warping. The walls adjacent to the wooden garden shed need to be cleared of shrubs and plants that exhibit the tendency to pile up. To make the wooden garden shed weather-resistant, apply stains and preservatives. In addition, these preservatives will also offer protection against fungal attack.

You can either go for a small garden shed or a large garden shed depending upon the space of the garden and the utility of the garden shed. The aim of the garden shed is to become an abode for garden tools like square shovel, rake, garden shears, hand pruner, pitchfork, hoe, trowel, and wheelbarrow. It is wise to arrange the tools on a table inside or a cupboard (if the space permits) so that you can easily access them without wasting much time. Sometimes a garden shed is used as a garage too. In that case, the garden shed needs to be large to accommodate without fuss.

GO FOR A GARDEN SHED!

Garden sheds can be flamboyant and be the ‘it’ corner of your garden with a little effort. Make sure that the carpenter constructs the garden shed on a level ground. The garden shed can be a page from the books of Enid Blyton, with its warm green hue and the porch decorated with freshly-plucked white flowers situated on the wheel-barrow. With its doors and windows, it can offer you refuge from a dull day, as you read your favourite novel amidst the sedative vibe of the garden. Or, have you imagined about a garden shed with pagoda? If the garden shed is situated on a podium don’t leave it naked, rather dress it up with cacti, planters, ceramic pots and garden urns. What about adding a signboard or placing the barbecue counter right beside it?

It might give you a tough time explaining it to the carpenter, but once it is done, you can’t help but be spellbound by its sleek futuristic sophistication. It can also be smudged with rainbow colours to make it appealing to the kids or can be designed like a log-cabin with pebbled prints to take you back to the land of fantasy.

Whatever type of shed you decide, do keep in mind the budget and space.

Happy garden shed designing!

Happy gardening

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What exactly is a Rock Garden?

Rock gardens are a great way to display rocks and sunny, alpine plants together. Rock garden should look natural and not superimposed. It can be made in open sunshine or partial shade.

What exactly is a Rock garden?

Garden planned around natural rock formations or rocks artificially arranged to replicate natural (often mountainous) conditions. The concept of rock gardens is believed to have been introduced from China and Japan into the Western world in the 17th cent. They have since gained wide popularity as an ideal method for the cultivation of mountain flora and for beautifying hilly, stony or other awkward terrain. 

Rock plants usually have long roots that enable them to obtain moisture even when the surface is hot and dry. Low plants requiring well-drained conditions are suited to rock gardens: besides alpine plants, these include stonecrops and species of phlox, bluebell, and succulents.

A rock garden can provide several different habitats even in quite a small area. A rock, for example, can be placed so that sun-loving plants make the most of its sunny face whereas shade-tolerant plants can nestle in its north-facing shadow. A large garden is not essential as it is possible to incorporate a rock garden into all sizes of the plot.

Choosing the right site:

  • Aim to use the most open position, away from overhanging trees or tree roots, where plants will receive sun for the greater part of the day.
  • It is better to have fewer hours of sun per day than the whole day in light shade
  • Choose a position where the drainage is perfect unless you are prepared to build raised beds or enhance drainage in other ways.

Choosing the best Rocks for garden:

      Rock gardens are quite an investment in hard materials such as rock, stone, gravel or slate.Choose local stone if possible.

  • Sandstone is an example of a suitable rock, widely available, that is not too alkaline (limestone) or hard and dense (granite).
  • Limestone from natural ‘limestone pavements’ was widely used.  These pavements are a scarce and finite resource with a unique flora.  
  • Choose stone in a range of to construct a natural-looking outcrop.

Placing the stone:

To create as natural a rock garden as possible select large stones to act as ‘keystones’. Position the larger of these first and place the remaining ones so that the layer look natural. Use a spade to dig out hollows to set the stone into. A crowbar will help move the stones into their permanent positions. Support them with smaller stones or bricks underneath. Aim for a naturalistic look when setting the rock in place. The rocks should tilt backward, with the strata running the same way. Use weed-free topsoil for the top layer of the rock garden, working it underneath and between the stones to set them firmly in place.  Bury the stones up to a third of their depth, firming them in place. Leave the areas between the stones uniform and add the specially made compost over the area to create planting pockets.


Planting the rock garden: 

Remove the plant from the pot, make sure the plants are planted firmly in the compost mix and are top-dressed with gravel or soil. Set a few plants first, then add rocks around them. Try to cover as much of the surface as possible with rocks and plants.

Plants for rock garden:

A wide range of plants called’ Alpines’ can be grown successfully, like achillea, alyssum, azalea, begonia semperflorens, dianthus, gazania, linum, primula. Perennials like – phlox, saxifrage, verbena can be grown too. Besides, one can grow cacti, succulents, euphorbia milli, sedum, miniature roses, lantana, and ferns.

There are many ways you can design your rock garden. Select the perfect site that is suitable to your landscape conditions to achieve a better effect and if you choose plants wisely, no matter what kind of design you have chosen, you will have a beautiful, thriving rock garden to be proud of !

Happy gardening

 

 

 

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Use of Bamboo In Landscaping

Bamboo is a spectacular exotic and incredibly durable plant that can be seen in many gardens. Most varieties grow to be extremely tall and even though they can be trimmed from the top, most grow to be well above three feet in height.

This article will give you the tips that you need to grow bamboo in your garden as well as show you a few ideas that will inspire you to incorporate bamboo into your outside decor. Bamboo is one of the most beautiful, hardy, drought-and-pest-tolerant plants a homeowner can add to his yard. Many bamboo types make perfect privacy screens, hedges, and ornamental landscapes.

What is Bamboo?

Bamboo is a perennial evergreen in the grass family – yes, it’s not a tree – but it’s a grass! More than 1,200 different species grow around the world. Various species grow to heights of 100 feet or more. It grows new shoots without replanting and can be harvested within five years for building materials.

There are two main types of bamboo –

  1. Running bamboos are considered invasive because they spawn underground “runners” (called rhizomes) that extend away from the parent plant by large distances.
  2. Clumping bamboos produce a different type of underground rhizome that sprout new stems (clums) next to the original plant, which then expand slowly each year.Clumping bamboo is most often used in landscaping because it’s dense, fast-growing, and prunable.

Bamboo features

  • Bamboo is available in various colors, sizes, shape and height which gives visual interest and a striking design to a landscape.
  • Bamboo is versatile, hardy and very fast-growing, doesn’t require any fertilisers to grow and drought tolerant.
  • Bamboo plants grow successfully in a range of climatic conditions.
  • Bamboo is easy to grow.
  • Bamboo is evergreen.
  • Bamboo is self-renewing.

 Use of bamboo in Landscaping

Bamboo Wall Accent – Bamboo is used in this idea in two different ways. It is first used to create a more three-dimensional wall that stands out and looks amazing against the wood in this garden. Secondly, there are also live bamboo plants that bring life to the corner of the garden.

  

Screening Purpose –Natural bamboo screens can be trimmed to desired heights and widths and grow quicker and taller than shrubs and hedges. Popular bamboo species used for this purpose include clumping varieties, Golden Bamboo and Dwarf Malay.

Bamboo Hedge– Everyone likes to have a bit of privacy in their back yard, and this bamboo idea creates a perfect hedge-like design that will give you just that. The hedge is narrow, so it does not overwhelm the space, but it provides a good bit of cover.

Containers- Growing a bamboo privacy screen in containers is not only a great idea for those who live in densely populated areas where limited space is an issue, but also for those who rent or lease their homes and don’t want to make any permanent changes to the landscape. Containers submerged in the ground, placed on your patio or even grouped around your yard perimeter for a hedge effect always look amazing.

 

Alternative uses– Environmentally friendly and durable bamboos are also used for patio furniture, fencing, edging, water features, wind chime and for ornamental areas such as Zen gardens.

Common Clumping Varieties Used for Landscaping

Alphonse Karr or Multiplex Bamboo -This species has golden culms (bamboo stems) striped with green. This variety can grow as high as 30 feet and is often used for privacy screens.

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Golden Bamboo – Golden bamboo is a commonly planted variety with finely textured green leaves and attractive golden-yellow stems. Usually used as a screening plant, it grows quickly more than 20 feet if not trimmed and spreads to create a dense hedge or screen. Unfortunately, this plant becomes invasive so it’s not recommended for all gardens.

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Giant Buddha’s Belly -This bamboo type features bulging “Buddha belly” culms and long, narrow green leaves, and can grow up to 50 feet.

Buddha belly Bamboo

Murray Island -This type of bamboo forms dense clumps with lighter green, textured leaves and its lush top growth also makes it ideal for privacy screens. It grows up to 13 feet in height.

Chinese Dwarf Bamboo – Compact and lush, this variety lends itself better to pot planting than other clumping species. Chinese Dwarf Bamboo is also a popular hedge choice and can grow up to nine feet tall.

Timor Black Bamboo -This clumping form of black bamboo has light green leaves and dark culms with lighter stripes. It grows upwards of 50 feet.

Black bamboo

I hope this article inspires you to add gorgeous, functional and evergreen bamboo to your landscape!

Happy-gardening

Benefits Of Inviting Birds To Your Garden

Who wouldn’t like to wake up with the chirp of birds? Who wouldn’t love to see dainty winged angels fluttering from one corner to another? But, thanks to urbanization, the bird population has decreased and it’s a rare sight to spot a few every now and then. So, the beautiful thoughts mentioned above, well, just remain thoughts. At Green My Life, we have amalgamated a few ideas to attract little feathery creatures in your garden.
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Cover me Up! – with a Garden Umbrella

Today the day is sunny sunny sunny and it’s not funny funny funny. We all love the heat but in summers it’s the shade that we need. Be it scorching heat or pitter patter raindrops a Garden Umbrella will always come to your rescue!

Sunshade Umbrella

Sunshade Umbrella

Nicknamed as a “Patio Umbrella” its basic job is to provide shade during leisure activities. Be it a deck, yard, or your plain Jane garden a snazzy umbrella can bring life to any of these places. But, looks are not the only yardstick, one should always keep in mind of the type, location, fabric and mechanism before buying the umbrella.

THE MULTITUDINOUS OPTIONS

  • Sunshades: As the name suggests, they are meant for shading from the sun. It looks like a round disk on a pole, the one you can see near the pools.
  • Pagoda: These are a little jazzy Asian style inspired umbrellas. Pagodas are what you see in palaces in the south east Asian countries.
    Market Umbrella

    Market Umbrella

  • Market: They are octagonal with vented tops. These are very popular and can be spotted in diners and cafés.
  • Cantilever: It has a sturdy base with a pole and is adjustable. It caters for a larger crowd and area.
  • Wall mounted:  These are detachable umbrellas with brackets that let you mount it on a wall. A wicked way of saving space.
  • Tulip: It’s what the name says. If you want to make a unique and stylish statement go for this tulip like canopy umbrella.

THE ABCs OF GARDEN UMBRELLAS
1. Zero down on the right size. Consider the available space. Always go for a 5′ larger than the desired space for full cover.

Cantilever Umbrella

Cantilever Umbrella

2. Weigh down the options for the frame and also the anchor weight. Aluminium suits perfectly because of its durability and light weight. Wood is also an option but a tad more expensive.

3. Choose the fabric of the canopy with care keeping in mind the use, and the ability to withstand weather changes. Go for polyester or polyester blend. Opt for fabrics that are UV and mildew resistant. If you’re buying it for ruins always go for waterproof fabrics.

SHOW ‘EM SOME LOVE

  • Wash each part with damp cloth or mild soapy water.
    Tulip Umbrella

    Tulip Umbrella

  • Close the umbrella when not needed and especially before inclement weather.
  • Open with care. Make sure that it is not in deadlock position and don’t pull too hard.

Now that you have all the fundas of garden umbrellas, just sit back with a book on that chaise under the umbrella with a pinacolada and a good book.
HAPPY RELAXING 🙂

Written by Nishta Chakravorty for GreenMyLife