Fashion Makeover For Your Farmhouse

It is always a pleasant weekend trip to Farmhouse when you don’t have to take care of your farmhouse or you have supporting staff to take care of your farmhouse requirements. It will be further welcoming step if you have complete group of professionals to take care of all the landscaping needs of your property.

These professionals are expert in commercial landscaping. You can bank on them for their expertise in irrigation requirement of the property and to have their opinion on which plants will grow to their best and they will have the best growth and also give the property a face lift.

You can ask them to do anything and everything related to the makeover plan of your property. You can have your property adequately lighted, with new turf build up, with proper drainage system build up to avoid water logging problem, and solutions to many more problems.

These professionals do come up with their own set of solutions to sort out many problems and you can follow their advice of having color seasonal planting. It gives your property a better look naturally or you may also have ornamental plants sown in the bed to decorate the property and can be followed by cleaning up drive.  Your passion to give a facelift to your property along with dedicated efforts by professionals will change the course of your property.

Outdoor lighting and lighting up of the pathways could add value to your property as well as maintain the property’s appeal separately.

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.

Keep The Hedges In Shape For A Beautiful Lawn

It is very important to give the perfect shape to the hedges if you want to have a beautiful lawn in your house. The irregular hedges not only hamper the looks of your garden but create lots of problems for the people. The outgrown branches can hurt someone, falling leaves will make your garden scrappy, bushes can make your garden look like a jungle and it will give rise to the pests in your garden. So, there is a need for hedge cutting in your garden. Trimming of the hedges assist in the beautification process of your garden and keep the garden look neat and clear.

Trimming of the hedges

The best time for the hedge trimming is before the arrival of the spring season. Because, during this time, the plants are stable and do not bear any bud or fruit. So, it will be easier to trim the hedges. In Houston, there are some hedge trimming companies that provide various suggestions and tips for the perfect hedge trimming if you are doing it by yourself. Otherwise, you should call the Houston lawn care professionals for hedge trimming in the perfect way.

Importance of hedge trimming

Hedge trimming benefits with the point of view of the plant’s health because in this process, the diseased and dead branches are removed.  It also helps in increasing the aesthetics of your garden as you can give the desired shape to the plants in your garden.  Hedge also provides a little bit of privacy to your property from the neighbors and the passerby.


St Albans Tree Surgeons Are Professionals

Taking care of your garden or the park near you is a social as well as personal responsibility. We all should play our part in conserving the nature and keeping up with the planting of plants and trees around us. With the pace that the world is advancing in and the developments are made – the trees are being chopped rapidly. For making papers, buildings, houses or even cultivation projects, it is the nature that is suffering. And thus there is a need to preserve nature and bring in ways in which trees can be managed properly. So we should take help of professionals or the tree surgeons who have knowledge of handling the trees well by keeping their life healthy.

What do tree surgeons do?

Tree surgeons are experts who know how to take the best care of tree, trim them and uproot them with proper care so as to not harm their life. The tree surgeons are hired for their service because there are times when big plots of land are turned into developments and the trees are to be removed. They ensure that the trees are uprooted and plant somewhere else so as to keep the nature growing and still living.

The tree surgeons are also helpful in maintenance of small gardens and lands around the house where the trees have grown too many branches and are now proving to be a danger to the house. The tree surgeons take care of the tree by trimming them, Crown lifting them or even feeling and dismantling to bring in better management of the trees.

Why to hire the St Albans tree surgeons?

St Albans tree surgeons are trained professionals who are experts in their field with years of experience. Being repeatedly chosen for the extended service and the various help that they give to their customers, the St Albans tree surgeons are picked by the common people as well as builders for the maintenance of land. The services are:

  • Precision felling & dismantling
  • Hedge trimming
  • Replanting
  • Stump removal
  • Conservation of trees
  • Crown lifting and reduction
  • Pollarding etc.

When you are hiring a professional for the management of the tree around the area you want, be sure to have proper knowledge of their services and the charges applied. Keeping the problems of dead roots, dead branches, falling of trees and maintaining the extra growth around the trees, these professionals help in making our gardens or plantations cleaner and greener. St Albans tree surgeons are known for their wide range of services and the customer friendly nature of service. With complete satisfaction to the customer and helping to maintain their garden – St Albans tree surgeons are complete guidance!

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.


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.


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.


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 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 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.

Yard & Landscaping

Lawn Maintenance

Clean up your lawn of any leaves, weeds and moss before the winter arrives. Ensure good drainage by digging deep holes with spike machine or a fork. Keep off the lawn during the winter months to avoid any damage.

Don’t forget the Garden Structures

Check and clean your garden structures like fences, sheds and greenhouses. Also check for any signs of decay or wear and tear which might not be able to withstand the rough winds and cold.

Mulching is important

Mulch plays a key role to keep your garden healthy and warm during the winter. In addition to acting as a weed controller, mulch also does a good job of keeping the soil warm and moist. Decomposing organic matter creates heat and a thick layer of mulch will protect the roots and bulbs from the frost while retaining the moisture in the soil.

If you need any more tips or advice for your specific concern, do write to me. I will be glad to help.


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!

Winter Care for Your Garden

Top Winter Gardening Tips to Keep Your Garden in Good Shape

With gardening, many of us tend to ignore our gardens in the winter months. Yes, the weather is not ideal to grow anything much in the garden, but we definitely need to take care of the plants and trees so they remain in top condition for the spring and summer months.

Winter Pruning
Winter Pruning

Here are my top winter gardening tips for your garden:

Plan Ahead

Arm yourself with as much information as you can get about the expected weather conditions. Get an estimate of when frost is likely to set in and the approximate depth of the frost line. You can then set out to prepare your garden to survive the winter weather.

Clean garden tools and equipments

Do make sure all the gardening tools which you used are cleaned up properly before you store them away for the winter. Oil all the metal parts to prevent rust from setting again. Remove all the dust and the rust from the tools, pots and pans. If necessary, use mild a detergent and disinfectant to get the job well done. Make sure all the tools are dried thoroughly before they are stored. This will save you extra work when you have to take up gardening again in the spring.

Care for Bulbs

As mentioned in the first point, you will have to remove the bulbs from your garden before the frost sets in. If you live where it gets very cold, it’s ideal to dig out the bulbs and store them in a cool, dark place in your garden shed. If it’s a bit warmer, you can remove, separate and replant the bulbs for maintenance. Ensure that you add a fertilizer like bone meal in the soil when you plant the bulbs for faster root growth.

Cover them up

Protect young trees and plants from the frost by covering them well with a cloth or sack. Do not use plastic or any other material to cover them as these might trap extra moisture and thus damage the plant inside. A sturdy fabric covering is always ideal as it keeps out the frost while providing proper ventilation.

Don’t forget the Garden Structures

Check and clean your garden structures like fences, sheds and greenhouses. Also check for any signs of decay or wear and tear which might not be able to withstand the rough winds and cold.