Artificial Grass For Your Home

Artificial grass is becoming more and more popular these days as it offers many environmental benefits that people are aware of. Most of the house owners see the artificial grass as the best alternative to the real grass just because it looks natural, soft and long lasting. You can see the artificial grass installed on the roof, in the front yard of the house or in the garden. So, if you have decided to install the artificial grass in your house, then it is recommended that you should hire professional artificial grass installer for your home.

Advantages of artificial grass

Artificial grass is easy to install and is very long lasting as compared to original grass. You don’t need to trim or mow the artificial grass as it doesn’t grow. Trimming the grass and mowing the lawn collectively will take more than 3 hours to make your lawn look nice. But with artificial grass, you need not to worry about their maintenance. Those house owners who don’t have enough time to take care of their lawn can prefer to choose artificial grass.

Once the artificial grass is installed, it requires very low maintenance, which means you will have more time to do your other tasks. So, installing the artificial grass will really be time saving. Aged and older people should install the artificial grass in their property as it provides them with natural look and they need not to do any kind of physical activity to maintain it. Holiday home owners also use these grasses for their holiday homes.

10 Gardening Tools you Must Have

This is the first post in my gardening basics series where I will focus on the essential aspects of gardening for beginner gardeners. Gardening tools are essential for every gardener, and the right tools will save a lot of time and efforts. This is a list of some of the ‘must have’ tools which take care of the essential tasks of gardening. It is also important to keep your garden tools clean and well maintained to ensure durability.

gardening tools

Gardening Gloves

Yes gardening is a very gratifying hobby, but you need to protect your hands from the splinters, thorns and even insects. Keep a pair of sturdy gardening gloves handy and make sure you keep them clean and dry.  You can choose from a range of gloves starting from synthetic gloves, latex gloves and even leather ones for more heavy duty jobs.

Hand Trowel

Hand trowels are handy for little jobs of digging up the corners, planting herbs and even removing weeds. Go for stainless steel trowels for durability.

Hand Fork

This is another handy little tool which is great for weeding, planting smaller plants or dividing plants in a bed.

Hand weeder

Weeds are a recurring problem in every garden and sometimes, you need a specialist tool to deal with it. A hand weeder has a thin, sharp blade to removes surface weeds while the long handle allows you to dig deeper and take out weeds far into beds.

Spade

Spades are essential to dig up holes for plants and cleaning up heaps of soil from the garden. It’s a handy tool that is capable of multi tasking around the garden. Buy a spade with a strong steel head and a solid fiberglass handle. A sturdy spade will last you for years if you use it well and care for it regularly.

Wheelbarrow

If your garden spans a large area, a wheelbarrow is a must. It is ideal to move around soil, heaps of mulch or garden tools and other stuff. Invest in a well made two handed wheelbarrow with a durable drum.

Leaf Rake

Fallen leaves around the garden are a cumbersome task to clean up. A leaf rake makes the job easier by cleaning away the raking leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and other light debris from lawns. You can go for a stainless steel or a even a plastic one if it is not likely to see heavy use.

Hoe

This long handled tool is useful to reach the weeds from your thick garden vegetation and can prove handy with all the digging work. Choose a hoe to suit your particular garden- a sturdy and wide one for a vegetable garden and a thin headed hoe for delicate plants and flower beds.

Shears

Shears are essential for all the trimming work in your garden. You can elegantly cut away the grass around your garden fence, tree trunks and garden paths. It also is a good tool for cutting the ornamental grass or perennials.

Scissors

Scissors are essential for cutting away the dried flowers, cutting soft stemmed plants and herbs, pruning jobs and snipping away at twines. Go for a stainless steel one with a spring action which is easier on the hands.

Welcome to Blue Ridge Orchid Society

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”

 Gertrude Jekyll

This blog is devoted to all the gardening enthusiasts like me whose passion is gardening.  We live quite hectic and stressful lives, and there is nothing like a beautiful garden to soothe those strained nerves and calm the soul. It doesn’t matter if your garden is a small home garden in your terrace or a grand affair with lawns and lakes. A garden is so much more than what meets the eye. As Gertrude Jekyll puts it so eloquently, a garden teaches you life skills that are vital to succeed in every area of life. All those hours spent under the sun, getting your hands muddy and the days of loving care are fully justified when you see your garden blooming in its full glory. In many ways, it is an allegory for life itself. For what you plant into your garden is exactly what you will get back when the season is right.

Are you new to gardening or a seasoned gardener looking for more knowledge?

Wondering how to create a garden in your little city apartment?

Looking for tips to keep your garden healthy and pest free?

Need advice about adding exotic plants and flowers in your garden?

With The Blue Ridge Orchid Society blog, I aim to help you with these and more of your gardening needs including gardening advice, gardening ideas, garden designs, experts talks, gardening tips and much more so that you can have a lovely little garden full of splendour in every season. I will also regularly share pictures of all the beautiful, quaint, grand, lovely gardens that I visit and also the stories behind them. You too are welcome to interact with me and fellow gardeners.

Wonderful herb and flower garden
Wonderful herb and flower garden

This first post is just a glimpse of things yet to come. Please do check back regularly for lots of gardening information and tips. Check out the pictures of my own home garden and some of the gardens I have helped create for friends and family.

So what do you think? Check back soon for my new post. So long!