Interior design ideas

Garden illumination

July 26th, 2008

For paths. Often use or bulbs built in a path, or lanterns-columns. The first ones specify a direction of the movement, the second ones – softly shine a path and surrounding landscape. So, in darkness you will not stumble any more.

Small columns (may be of the most different forms) can shine a path in radius from one and a half up to four meters. Therefore designers recommend establishing them on distance of 4 – 5 meters from each other that there were no dark failures on a path.

For small plants.
Small decorative fixtures (for example, gnome with a small lamp in hands) are usually established near to the plant. More simple fixtures can be hidden in the ground of colors or grasses. At night the bed will as though be shone from within.

For bowers or sculptures. Sculptures can be illuminated only from below. Game of light in bends of a statue will give new outlines to its forms.

For a pond or pool. Underwater fixtures can be both usual (yellowish), and light-emitting diode. The second ones can have various colors and even to change it, being poured by all colors of rainbow. And light of usual small lamps, being reflected from water, will play and flicker not worse than illumination. So, relaxing effect is provided!

Lawn

May 24th, 2008

If you have a garden, it means that you always face the problem of good grass.
It is better for the beginner to start with unpretentious, which are steady against trampling mixes. Usually in different marks they are marked with a mark “sports”. Certainly, your lawn will not look velvet, but after it children and pets can easy run. It will become gentle as a carpet.
Riding cereals are the steadiest – they form large rough stalks and leaves, they cluster a little. This group includes hedgehog, corn, a fire, foxtail, a wheat grass creeping.
Local grasses have thin runaways with narrow leaves; they are very whimsical and strongly cluster. The main local cereals are meadow grass, red fescue and bent grass.
Some kinds of mixtures include differing on rate of growth and development kinds of grass, so that the lawn continued to grow and develop under any weather conditions and loadings. In the steadiest mix riding cereals will prevail.

The end of season: flower bed, lawn and garden (Part 2)

October 30th, 2007

Make winter “hair dress” to a lawn
Watch, that the lawn did not leave under a snow???? not cleared from leaves and not short-haired, otherwise in the spring the lawn will rot, and fresh grass will make the way hardly through a brown layer of a last year’s grass and fallen down foliage. When the lawn is cleaned, it is high time to carry out prewinter hairstyle. Thus the height of a grass remains quite high – 10 – 12 centimeters, for this purpose you should establish a mower on the maximal height of a cut. After a “hairstyle” it is recommended to cover the lawn with a mix of peat and sand in order to smooth roughness and to fill crack in the ground.
Well, the lawn is ready for wintering. It is necessary to take care of mower. Remove dirt and the rests of a grass from it; erase all traces of rust with a fabric or rigid brush. Merge oil and gasoline from the petrol machine. After that grease with lubricating oil all bearings and spray an aerosol against rust (is on sale in shops for gardeners) all metal parts of the machine. The mower winters better, when it is being put on a wooden surface, instead of the ground or concrete.

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The end of season: flower bed, lawn and garden

October 27th, 2007

Take care of a flower bed
If you have not made it earlier yet, cut off stalks and “dead” leaves at all wintering eutherophytes (including peonies, phloxes and to a host). After that redig the ground around of plants accurately and add humus.
Clematises, blossoming on this year runaways, also require a scrap on 2 units from a level of the ground. After scraps the plant should be covered – powder with peat or dry foliage, or powder foliage. Remember: cover only after the ground will be chilled on 2 centimeters.
When minus temperatures and the ground will be established, and the ground will be a little bit chilled, it is possible to start winter crop eutherophytes – Iberias, calendulas, clarkias, larkspur, poppies, chrysanthemums, a mignonette, lobelias. Sow simeons on the equal ground; powder them with a mix of peat, sand and humus. Early winter sowing is good that plants will get under way in growth in the first warm days and will amicably blossom during the season.

My aquapark (Part 2)

August 1st, 2007

Water means lifeтАж
Artificial reservoirs, as a rule, are filled with water from house system of water supply, which is already cleared for household needs. If your pond is intended for swimming, disinfecting of water will be required. In general, there are two ways of water clarification: chlorination and ionization. The first way is more cheaply and more effectively, the second one – is more ecological and it also allows to get rid of a unpleasant smell of chlorine. Disinfecting devices are intended for processing of a plenty of water. It is worth of mentioning that, the separate premise and connection to the electric system is required for their installation. Therefore it is meaningful to use them only in greater deep ponds and pools.
As water in systems of artificial reservoirs circulates on a vicious circle, it is necessary to fill them only once for a season, and then – just to add it, compensating evaporation. It is possible to do this manually or by means of the automatic device, supplied with electronic or simple float gauge, defining the water level.
Besides, it is necessary to consider an opportunity of pluming of water from a reservoir in the winter. It is not obligatory for the pond of more than 0,8 m depth, and in case of fine reservoirs, it is necessary to remember that, here the water freezes through to the bottom and can damage the bowl.
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Garden on the roof (Part 2)

June 28th, 2007

Somewhat modern representations about green roofs have come to the Western world from ancient Scandinavia. There the turf was the most accessible roofing material. Though scale projects of green roofs have been carried out in Babylon. Long time the device of gardens on roofs was the privilege of governors and the court nobility. Now the situation has changed for the better and technologies have stepped far forward.
Gardening of roofs can be divided into two basic groups: extensive and intensive. The first one serves almost exclusively to the ecological and aesthetic purposes. Requirements on the maximal loading on a roof at extensive gardening allow suit flower beds on roofs of even old buildings, while intensive gardening assumes serious works on a waterproofing and calculation of “endurance” of designs of a building. The “intensive” garden, consisting of trees, bushes and elements of landscape design, can be use for the recreational purposes. Such garden can be arranged on own roof near to a penthouse.
Representatives of the companies, engaged by roofs gardening, name exact quotations on this exotic kind of works. The price depends on an arrangement of a building, height, the area of the future garden and many other things factors. The price may vary from 20 and to 500 thousand dollars.
The same as little Alice could not get into the garden because of too small doors, owners of penthouses also cannot often help ecology of city for the simple reason: a roof of many houses is unable to sustain loading of greater trees and a ground. Choosing a penthouse with a way out on a roof, ask to calculate the maximal loading on it in advance.

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Garden on the roof (Part 1)

June 27th, 2007

Do you remember how much little Alice wished to get into a magic garden? The way to beauty, violence of paints and smells, has been always difficult. So, the inhabitants of a mega cities (the same as little Alice) have also to overcome not one obstacle to get into the country garden.
However, small green garden can be done even at home and more truly – on a roof. To attention of owners of penthouses and those, who only thinks of purchase of a heavenly dwelling: the garden on a roof is easier, than it seems! Do you wish to enjoy a rustle of the leaves excited by a wind in personal garden of magnificent height every evening? For this purpose it is necessary to understand that the expenses for its creation can be equaled to expenditure for its exploitation. Garden on a roof – is a serious and long-term invention. But it is not necessary to think, that height is a handicap for the most courageous imaginations. We insistently advise you to entrust creation of a garden to professionals.
In an ideal it is necessary to invite experts from Germany. It appears, Germans are the world leaders in business of the green roofs device. Almost 14 % of roofs in Germany have at least a pretty lawn. Gardening of is roofs also stimulated In Japan legislatively. There is lot of gardens on roofs in the USA. The basic argument in struggle for gardening of roofs all over the world is hidden in the ecological advantage. Cities overheat; we breathe not air, but evaporations from bitumen roofs. But there is nothing new in pendant gardening.

6 secrets of a beautiful lawn (Part 3)

June 22nd, 2007

Feed up in time
Your lawn requires feeding – in fact we constantly cut it, and without top dressing the herbage becomes rare and pale. Besides, fertilizers strengthen bright color of a grass, strengthen roots and strengthen stability to illnesses.
What fertilizers to choose? You may choose any complex fertilizes with a mark “for a lawn” and bring them 1 – 2 times for a season.
It is recommended to spend top dressing before a rain and if there is no rain two days prior to the feeding, you should water a lawn so that the fertilizer was absorbed.
How to bring? Scatter half of fertilizer on all lawn in regular intervals and then pass in a perpendicular direction and scatter second half. For convenience it is possible to mix granules with sand.
Water the ground on a regular basis
It is necessary to water the lawn not too often (once a week), but on a regular basis. If it is very hot, and the ground is sandy – then it is necessary to water the lawn twice a week. How can we understand that it is a high time for watering? The answer is simple – elasticity of a grass serves as the main water indicator: as soon as it has decreased, it is high time for watering. If you will not water the lawn in time, the grass will very quickly turn yellow and it is necessary to work strongly to restore beauty. It is not necessary to water a lawn since morning or in the afternoon – the most part of water will evaporate, and the grass will burn. It is better to postpone process till the evening or even to put a sprayer for the night.
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6 secrets of a beautiful lawn (Part 2)

June 21st, 2007

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These “hills”, certainly, spoil a kind of a lawn. Besides they stir to a hairstyle and can even damage knifes of a lawn-mower. These “hills” can be done by moles, shrews, changas, earthworms and ordinary ants. All these essences together with the ground pull out outside seeds of weeds and damage lawn grasses.
Each of wreckers should be struggled against differently. In order to get rid of ants and changas you may use special preparations. Earthworms do not like sour ground. Therefore do not use lime for a lawn. It is very difficult to get rid of moles and that is why we strongly recommend you to call for special service.
Struggle with spots
There are many reasons of ugly spots: dog “spots”, a burn the fertilizers, the spilled fuel, the condensed ground, illnesses of a grass, rare having watered.
So, what shall we do here? For the beginning cut out a piece of the lost turf and loosen with a plug a surface of a site. Now it is high time to sow densely these “bald head” (approximately 30 – 50 grams seeds on square meter) and fertilize with peat. We stamp ground and it should be watered plentifully (but so that water has not washed away peat and seeds).

6 secrets of a beautiful lawn (Part 1)

June 19th, 2007

Cut correctly
Start to cut lawn in May and finish in October. The main rule – is to cut often, but not too short. As a rule, in the spring and in the early autumn it is necessary to cut the lawn once a week and it is necessary to cut a lawn twice a week in the summer. At such mode the grass becomes more dense, and a surface of a lawn – elastic.
How to cut the grass? If the lawn is young, it is necessary to cut it only tips of a grass. And the normal height of a grass for an ordinary lawn of not the first year – 5 – 6 cm height will suit. If to cut more shortly, a grass starts to weaken, there will be bald spots, the quantity of weeds and a moss can increase. If to leave a grass above 6 cm, the surface of a lawn will become rough (platyphyllous grass always supersedes angustifoliate grass) and more rare- herbage. Besides, the high grass impoverishes ground.
Destroy weeds
The majority of weeds perish during a hairstyle. But some plants, undersized, growing “socket”, do not get under a knife of a mower and fairly spoil a kind of a lawn. Dandelion, clover and a daisy are among the most “malicious” plants.
If there are only a few weeds, they can be deleted manually – dig out plants scoop or a garden plug ( it will not be possible to pull it out as the turf “holds” roots). At a strong contamination of a lawn it is necessary to apply herbicide to a lawn, and processing should be done up to the middle of July. If for two days after processing will not pass a rain, spill a lawn. In two-rub weeks weeds will be lost, rake them up from a lawn and dig (somewhere far away from a reservoir, vegetable and fruit plants).
The moss also belongs to weeds; it appears on too condensed and water-logged sites. In such places it is good to pin the ground with raker – in order to air and loosen ground.

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