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Rose Gardening


´╗┐Rose Gardening

Roses have gotten a bad wrap over the years for being difficult to grow and maintain. If you are thinking of rose gardening don't let this rumor stop you. While rose gardening can prove to be challenging, once you get the hang of it, it really isn't that bad.

When you first start rose gardening, you will have to choose what type of rose you wish to plant, and no, I'm not talking about the color. You will have to choose between bare-root, pre-packaged, and container-grown roses. Bare-root roses are sold in the winter and early spring. They should be planted as soon as frosts are over and the ground is warm and workable. Pre-packaged roses are bare-root plants that are sold in a bad or box with something around the roots to retain moisture, such as sawdust. Container-grown roses are grown; you guessed it, in containers. They will be either budding or already in bloom when they become available in the early spring.

Planting in rose gardening is not that much different than any other type of plant. The most important thing, as always, is good, healthy soil and a prime planting area. It doesn't matter whether your roses are bare-root or container-grown, the planting methods are the same as any other shrub. Make sure the spot you choose has good drainage, gets plenty of sunlight, and will not overcrowd your roses. Before planting, any dead leaves and thin or decayed shoots need to be cut off. Any damaged or very long roots also need to be trimmed. Soak bare-root roses in water about 10-12 hours to restore moisture in the roots before planting and water the soil before planting as well. Make sure the hole you have dug is large enough for the root growth of the rose. Also it is a good idea to use compost or mulch. After all, roses like extra nutrients just like any other plant.

Roses need the same things as other plants; they are just a bit needier. One of the most important things to remember in rose gardening is that roses are heavy feeders and will need several fertilizer applications. Fertilizing should be started in early spring and discontinued in early fall. Make sure not to over-fertilize (fertilize should come with instructions) and water after each feeding. Roses require large amounts of water; a thorough watering twice a week should be enough.

Pruning is an essential part to flower gardening. It increases blooms and encourages healthy plant growth. Different varieties of roses have different instructions for pruning, so you might want to read up on your rose types and see what is suggested.

The main thing to remember in rose gardening is to water, water, and water some more. One other thing about rose gardening is the amount of fertilizer and nutrients you will need to use, and the pruning that needs to be done to keep your roses under control and healthy. Even though rose gardening takes a little more time and roses are more work, they are one of the most unique and beautiful plants, and definitely worth the extra work.

Selecting Carpet For Your Lifestyle


´╗┐Selecting Carpet For Your Lifestyle

Whenever you select carpet, you have to consider manyaesthetic as well as technical areas. With well overa hundred thousands styles and colors being releasedevery year, selecting the right carpet to match yourneeds can be a very challenging task indeed.

Carpet is available in several different textures, constructions, colors, and designs - which will openthe doors to virtually any interior design that youcan imagine. The combination of texture and colorwill complement the look of both formal and casualenvironments, while helping to bring continuity tothe overall room designs.

The most important thing to consider when you shopfor carpet is the amount of traffic that will beon the carpet that is going to be installed as wellas the area you hope to use it in. The constructionand the texture are both key aspects when you select a carpet for a specified area and use.

Nylon, polyester, and olefin are the mosty widelyused fibers with carpet manufacturing, with eachone displaying qualities that make themselves greatwith specific applications and uses. Even thoughnylon is the most expensive type of fiber, it isalso the softest and most resilient, which makesit great for any room in your home, including thoseareas that have a high level of traffic.

Polyester fabric is less resilient than nylon, although it more cost efficient and offers a high level of resistance to stains, which makes ita great choice for areas such as bedrooms or diningrooms that are not subjet to a lot of traffic.

The fiber olefin is solution dyed, which resultsin a highly resistant stain carpet that can be cleaned easily using a water and beach solution -without any loss to the color.

Unlike the other types of fibers, olefin is fade,mildew, and mold resistant, which results in acarpet that performs well indoors and outdoors.Keep in mind however, that olefin isn't very resilient and as a result, it should only be considered with berber construction.

You can get carpets in either plush or berberconstruction. The berber type of carpets are wellconstructed with a continuous level loop, whileplush carpets are constructed of loops that havebeen sheared, which results in the strands standingupright.

Berber construction carpets don't crush or matt,due to their high level loops. They are howeverharder underfoot, uncomfortable to sit on or laydown on, and they can easily become damaged bypets with long nails. Berber carpets are well suited for high traffic areas, which include walkways, living rooms, and entrance areas. They aren'tpopular with bedrooms, as their hard texture makesthem a less than attractive option.

The plush type carpets are much softer to walk orlay on and they offer better sound and thermalinsulation. They tend to crush and matt thoughwhen they are subjected to high levels of foottraffic.

The use of nylon fiber paired with a tight low pileconstruction will help to limit the amount of pileand matt crushing, due to the high resilient natureof the nylon fiber and the added support that isgained from tight construction.

The warranties for carpet ranges from 5 - 30 years,with the general rule being that you don't coverthe stairs. Most carpet warranties will requirethe installation of new carpet padding as well atthe time of installation in order for the warrantyto become valid.