City Lawn Care Guide
September 8, 2017
Living in the city should not deprive you some of the things that are best suited in a countryside set up. Your compound can still have the best lawn in the whole city, better than the turf of a local stadium. Though it may sound impossible, it is still achievable. You only need to be a bit careful and more aggressive when taking care of your city lawn. To help you with the whole process of lawn care tips, here is a complete guide on the city lawn care that you can use to give your lawn the best appearance that it deserves.
It is obvious that grass needs water. However, you need to figure out the right quantity of water that can make your city lawn look healthy and beautiful. You should also take note that the amount of water may depend on seasons. For instance, you may have to irrigate your city lawn more frequently during summer than in winter. During the dry season, let the lawn have at least 1 inch of water. Horticulture experts recommend that you should limit the amount of water during spring as this will help the city lawn to adapt well in preparation for the upcoming summer. If you are not sure about the watering needs, just do it continuously. And if you have a patio don’t loose hope! You can also do a small hydroponics lawn for your pets!
Be careful with the fertilizer
Just like in other crops, fertilizer plays a big role in improving the overall health and robustness of grass. It can give your city lawn the best features and you will be proud of having such a compound. One key role of fertilizer is it supplies the essential nutrients to the grass. It also plays a role in eliminating notorious weeds that are out to harm your lawn. However, be careful not to supply excess fertilizer as it can end up corroding or burning’ the grass. Read instructions on the package before using any fertilizer.
Mow the right height
Mowing your lawn is one of the simplest but most important practices that you can do on your lawn. It keeps in check the growth of grass and helps your lawn to have the most desired height. During the mowing process, adjust your mower so that it can cut grass at the heights of between 6 cm and 9 cm. These are the height heights that will encourage the roots to grow deeper into the soil. However, the mowing height may depend on the type of grass that is in your city lawn.
Taking care of aeration can help your law to be more beautiful and attractive. It can also speed up the growth of grass even during dry periods. The process involves getting rid of unwanted chunks of soil that are on the lawn. This gives space for water, air, and other vital nutrients to penetrate deep into the soil hence improving its fertility. One sign of a poorly aerated soil is if there are patches of water after rain. However, do not aerate the lawn during dry seasons as this may end up reducing water content that is stored deep in the soil.
With these tips, you can be sure of providing the best city lawn care that will ultimately lead to the growth of a healthy and beautiful lawn. There are lots of great resources around the internet when looking for specifics on lawn care, such as instagardening.com.
Have a great lawn is within your grasp! Just don’t be hesitant to do the work.
August 18, 2017
Some of the common creatures you encounter while working in your garden are sparkling, wigging, pinkish-brownish tube-like forms, referred to as earthworms. They are found in the moist part of the soil and in waterlogged areas especially after a big storm. To most people, this harmless creature may seem as a bother but it has a very big impact in the everyday food chain.
An earthworm has a cylindrical-like shaped body which is divided into a series of segments referred to as metamerisms. Apart from the segments around the mouth and anal parts, all the other segments have bristle-like hairs which are used to anchor the different parts of the body as it is moving. An earthworm is born with the exact number of segments it will have throughout its life across all species. They have a fleshy lobe that overhangs the mouth and is used to block the seal the mouth when the worm is at rest. For some species, they use this lobe to drag grass and dead leaves into their burrow. The size of an adult earthworm can range from 10mm and 1mm wide, to 3m long to 25mm wide but it all depends on the species.
The Nervous System
Much the same as the rest of its body, the nervous system is also divided into segments; The central nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system consists of two ganglia located on either side of the mouth. The brain which is important for its movement is located above the pharynx and if at any case it is removed, the worm will keep moving continuously. If at any case the first ganglion is removed, the worm will stop feeding and burrowing as the ganglion is responsible for the above processes.
Earthworms can either push ahead or backwards depending on the situation. Unlike the normal movements of other creatures, the earthworm deploys a rather unusual method to move forward or burrow into the soil. The worm expands its circular and longitudinal muscles to elongate itself before anchoring its front end into the ground. It contracts the muscles making its body short thus bringing its back-end closer the front end. The worm will repeat this process over and over until it has burrowed a hole big enough to accommodate it or it has reached its destination. Earthworms have no eyes but only rely on their strong senses to touch and light.
The Digestive System
It is divided into many regions with each section serving a specific purpose. The stomach related framework consists of the pharynx, the throat, the crop, the intestines and the gizzard. When feeding, for example, dead leaves or soil enters the worm’s mouth where it is gulped by the pharynx. It passes through the crop and gizzard where excessive calcium is removed. The food then moves into the digestive organs as organ cells in the digestive system discharge liquids to help in the stomach related process. The intestinal divider contains veins where the processed food is absorbed and transported to the other parts of the body.
Earthworm’s Circulatory System
Earthworms’ blood flows only through vessels. The three main vessels used in blood circulation are; the aortic nerves, the dorsal veins and the ventral veins. There are five sets of aortic curves, which have the obligation of directing blood into the dorsal and ventral veins. The dorsal veins are in charge of conveying blood to the front of the worm’s body while the ventral veins are in charge of conveying blood to the back of the earthworms’ body.
Earthworms use their skin to breathe. Oxygen and carbon dioxide go through the earthworm’s skin by diffusion. Diffusion only takes place when the worm’s skin is moist and thus the body discharges mucous to keep it soggy. Worms consequently, should be in moist or damp soil. This is one motivation behind why they normally surface during the evening when it is perhaps cooler.
The Reproduction Process
Earthworms contain both male and female organs and are thus grouped as hermaphrodites. Both sex organs can deliver sperm and egg individually in every worm. Despite the fact they are bisexual, earthworms need a mate to reproduce. The worms have several ovaries that deliver eggs.
Although these creatures are very small, they are of great importance to the agricultural sector. Their burrowing habit enhances the aeration and water absorption in the soil. They also bring underneath soil to the top which is advantageous to farmers as it contains more nutrients for their plants. They are used as bait during fishing and considered as a source of food to different people. In countries like India, some species of earthworms are used in making various medicines.
Farming: The Nature’s Way
July 31, 2017
The agricultural system that maintains all natural procedures and takes all natural inputs that make farming a sustainable practice is widely referred to as Natural farming system. This system has been prescribed by Fukuoka, and it follows all the laws of nature and respects the rights of livestock and supports their nutrient, habitat and mating needs. The soil that has been destroyed to an extent by industrial farming techniques involving machines, herbicides and chemicals can be healed through the practices prescribed under natural farming.
The Practice of Natural Farming
Wherever the practice of natural farming is followed, it has healed, cleaned and restored to a large extent, the soil, water, and environment. This has helped in the recovery of ecology. Such farming practices have aided in fighting the persisting threat of widespread desertification.
There are five basic principles followed by natural farming practitioners namely no tillage, no chemical fertilizer, no herbicides or pesticides and no pruning or weeding. In India, natural farming practice is frequently referred to as “Rishi Kheti”. It includes Vedic farming principles from ancient times including the use of waste, herbs, and animal for pest control and stimulating plant growth. Growth promoters, under this system, have been produced from natural products and wastes like cow milk and cow urine by our ancient sages. This farming system has been considered nonviolent without any use of pesticides and chemical fertilizer. The organic produce obtained is natural, have high medicinal values, and they possessed high quality.
Natural farming system reduces human labor and as carefully as practical, practices natural production of fibers and foods in agricultural ecosystems with biodiversity. Seeds germinate well on the surface without plowing if farm conditions fulfill the requirements of the seeds placed in the farms.
Weeds are rarely removed as they are expected to co- grow with plants, the farms are open for livestock to run on. Weeds and other ground layer plants are occasionally cut down and left on the surface, so as to restore their nutrients back to the soil along with suppression of weed growth. The practice facilitates sowing of seeds in the same zone.
The ground cover thus prepared enhances nitrogen fixation for summer and winter crops, Mulching of top soil are ensured by straw from the earlier crop. The new seeds for the next crop are sowed among the standing crop and thus each grain crop is sown before the preceding one is harvested. Thicker crop that are highly productive and stronger, although smaller in size are obtained as a consequence.
Fukuoka’s philosophy and practice stressed on small scale processes and challenged the necessity for industrial and mechanized farming techniques that are considered essential for high productivity, higher efficiency and ultimately economies of scale.
Soil is considered a fundamental and natural asset according to natural farming practices Ancient soils is believed to possess physical and chemical qualities that make them capable of producing life abundance and supporting it. In the natural farming system soil tilling is considered to destroy vital physical features of the soil like water suction, soil ability to send the moisture upwards through roots.
Fukuoka has advocated avoiding any alteration in the natural landscape. The creation of farm terraces was not supported by Fukuoka, even though this practice was common at his time in countries like China and Japan. He instead, simply planted trees and shrubs on slopes to prevent soil erosion.
All these practices that are today considered unusual and unrealistic by advocates of industrial farming techniques were once the crucial and effective farming system.
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