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Do You Have A Garden Bench?

Courtyard garden bench
Courtyard garden bench

After a long hard day – actually even after an easy day – plonking down on a comfortable garden bench with a couple of mates for company and a favourite brew at hand, is a relaxing and pleasant way to wind down.

Garden benches come in many designs and materials and about my only advice is to first choose one that is comfortable. There’s nothing quite as irritating as a bench that bites after a few minutes. And there are plenty of designs to choose from.

Then pick a bench that is durable and strong. The last thing you want to to have your seat collapse because a bolt has failed or a joint has rotted through.

Make sure the bench is heavy to move so that wandering nocturnal shoppers are discouraged from carrying it away.

Make sure the environment around the bench is attractive, user-friendly and comfortable. No thorny bushes, firm footing or decking, easy access to replenish stocks of favourite brew and a bit of light if you like sitting there after sundown. At this time of year a citronella candle to keep the mozzies away is also a good idea.

Get Those Weeds Out!

A good farmer knows different methods to control weed growth in the garden. Each of the methods has its own benefits and can be chosen according to the needs of the garden. With a selective weed killer, spot treatment can be done. The wanton growth can also be dug out if only a few are present. Another method is to inject weed killer into the leaves. Depending on the extent of growth the gardener can help you decide which method would suit your garden best. Weeding on a regular basis will give you a good looking garden.

Choose a method that suits best:

Methods of controlling weeds are as many as there are these plant-killers. Weeding methods fall into four categories basically. The first is the cultivation or mechanical method like hand weeding or hand pulling. The next is cropping or cultural method where good and strong seeds of adaptable variety are used to germinate quickly. The chemical method involves use of pesticides and fungicides and lastly the biological method which involves plants that grow quickly with a larger leaf area.

Spray a weed killer:

Treating the whole lawn is necessary if it has been badly infested. A weed killer is the best option. The killer is basically a plant hormone solution, which when sprayed stimulates the cells of plants. In certain areas of the plants the cells multiply so rapidly, particularly the tips of the shoots. Metabolism of the plant gets fatally disturbed due to this and the weed eventually dies off, leaving the rest of the plants to thrive.

All you need to do is spray it on the plant and it gets absorbed through the leaves within the sap. It then circulates through every part of the plant. If applied in late spring the weed killer is more effective because that is when the sap is most active and the plant too is growing fast.

For the weed killer to be most effective it is necessary to use a fine spray, as this helps in spraying maximum area of the shoot as well as the leaf surface. Soil fumigants too can help in cleaning out the area completely. All plants can then be removed and fresh planting can be carried out in the garden or lawn for more sustenance. Read specifications of the manufacturing company on the weed killer solution before spraying it in the garden to control weeds.

Interested on moving trees??, Phil Caxton publishes articles for lawnmania.com. More articles on weed control products and buffalo grass sods at http://www.lawnmania.com/ways-to-control-weeds/ .