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How Small Garden Designs Can Help You Feel Better About Your Home

Gardens are lovely and good for the soul. They can become our private sanctuaries away from the day to day grind and stresses in the world or they can simply be a place to have a grand time. Some people simply enjoying sitting in their garden while others love to plant seeds and watch flowers and bushes grow. No matter what your garden is used for, chances are you love having one and appreciate what it offers you. A great looking garden that is designed well is a wonderful investment because it adds value to your property and makes it much more desirable on the open market if you were to sell.


Often times it is very difficult to design your garden because it is hard to find good ideas. You may very well know of some small garden designs that you like but you may find it a challenge to know where to begin. You do not have to make drastic changes to your garden in order to improve it, as small changes and innovative use of focal points can make all the difference in the world. One thing that may interest you is to have a fountain installed. Fountains can make the perfect focal point in the middle of a rock or flower garden and they also provide birds with a natural bathing and drinking source. A fountain can be as elaborate or as simple as you desire. For the small garden, building a small environment in one corner that consists of a sloping hill made of stone with a fountain toward the top, can provide a lovely little oasis of your very own.


Small garden designs can also be things as simple as planting your flowers in rows, according to colour and type. Once grown, you will have created a very dramatic effect of contrasting colours. Use your creativity and plant the flowers following the contours of your flower bed for a more integrated look. Be sure to plant flowers that have similar lifespans so that all of the flowers last equally as long. You could add a few portable solar powered lamps that sit on spikes. You need to only push the lamps into the ground. In the evenings the warm glowing lights illuminating the flowers and plants will offer a very welcoming and serene feeling.


One of the most popular types of small garden designs involves putting  a small wooden corner deck into one of the corners of your garden. You can choose one with a railing or without and by adding a table and a couple of chairs, you have created a nice place to enjoy your morning coffee. Corner decks can be purchased as kits and it takes just an hour or two to complete the job yourself. If you have a nicely designed garden, you will feel good about your entire home, as the garden is a nature-inspired living space located just outside your door.

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Tips to Help You Care for a Bonsai Tree

Growing and caring for a bonsai tree can be both easy and difficult at the same.  Therefore it is important that you know how to properly care for a bonsai tree. Care for this type of tree involves watering, pruning and proper planting. A bonsai tree requires a certain amount of sunlight and water. Too much of either can cause more harm to the tree than good and it can actually kill the tree. This is why it is important to know how to take care of the tree before you decide to grow one in your home. One of the most favourite of the bonsai trees is the ficus bonsai tree.


Caring the for the ficus bonsai tree requires a great deal of patience. This type of tree needs to be kept inside all year long. Since it is a small tree and is planted in a small pot, you can occasionally bring the tree outside to give it some fresh air. Just like with other bonsai trees the soil should be given a chance to dry out in between watering. To test the soil you can stick your finger into the soil about an inch down; if you feel moist soil then you should wait to water your tree. However, the key is to not let the soil stay dry for an extended period of time because this could kill the tree.  There is a specific way to water a bonsai tree as well. You should allow the tree and the container it is in to soak for about ten minutes. Once it has soaked, you should allow the water to drain from the soil until no more water drips from the bottom of your container.


Replanting of a ficus bonsai tree is an important part of caring for a bonsai tree. It should be repotted once every two years. This is a type of tree that has a tendency to grow slowly but there are times when the bonsai tree will go through a growth spurt and if its container is somewhat small you might want to consider repotting before the two year period has expired. If you allow the tree to grow in a small pot it will begin take over the pot and as a result it will cease to grow after a period of time. If you need to change the pot in which you are growing your bonsai tree you should wait until the early months of spring to do so. After it is in the new pot, it should be watered thoroughly and then kept in the shade for at least a period of three weeks. This will give the root system time to take hold in the new pot.


Caring for the Ficus Bonsai tree means that you need to understand how your tree will react to the different temperatures and weather conditions during the different seasons. It is important that the bonsai tree is kept indoors during the winter months because it is not able to withstand cold temperatures. However, while indoors the tree must be kept in a sunny area so that it does get the proper amount of light. The temperature should be kept between 60 and 65 degrees at all times.

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