Proper Tree Selection

The climate is a good reason to take good care to plant the proper tree in your yard. Desired effect, space provided, watering restrictions, soil properties and maintenance cost are among others. Planting the proper type of tree in the proper site reduces the possibility of a hazardous situation down the road all while raising the value of your home. It is good practice to formulate a checklist about the considerations needed to sustain a long-living healthy tree. The first part of this list is tree function. A large shade tree, if properly placed, can reduce summer cooling costs. Though,
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How to Build a Compost Pile

Follow these simple instructions and start composting today. Here’s what you need: 1. Carbon-rich “brown” materials, such as fall leaves, straw, dead flowers from your garden, tree mulch (the darker and older the better) or even shredded newspaper. 2. Nitrogen-rich “green” materials, such as grass clippings, plant-based kitchen waste (vegetable peelings and fruit rinds, but no meat scraps), or barnyard animal manure (even though its color is usually brown, manure is full of nitrogen like the other “green” stuff). Do not use manure from carnivores, such as cats or dogs. 3. A shovelful or two of garden soil. 4. A
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´╗┐Organic Matter

Adding organic matter to soil may be the key to unlocking your garden’s full potential. Understanding the importance of organic matter is crucial to success with organic gardening. Organic matter is a term that encompasses a wide variety of living or dead plant and animal material, ranging from kitchen wastes and shredded leaves to well-rotted manure and compost. Here’s what adding organic matter to your soil can do: Supply nutrients for plants by providing surfaces where nutrients can be held in reserve in the soil Facilitate better drainage by loosening soil structure Store water in the soil Help increase air
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What Is Organic?

Here are two descriptions of what organic means. Definition: 1.      According to the USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), organic agriculture is defined as “an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain, or enhance ecological harmony. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.” (NOSB, 1997) Description: 2.      Many gardeners wonder what exactly organic gardening means. The
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With Water Cometh Life!

For the above statement to be true in the case of a tree, the proper amount of water and techniques of watering need to be applied. Water provides the means for a tree to absorb essential nutrients which give trees the ability to grow strong healthy tissue and fight off disease. Some trees, like large cottonwoods, can drink hundreds of gallons of water a day if allowed. Other trees though, if watered too much, can drown and decline rather quickly. Plant species and size, soil texture, air temperature and humidity all play an important roll in determining the proper amount
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