Welcome to The Tao of Garden

Gardening is simply the practice of cultivating plants. People grow ornamental plants to harvest their flowers, foliage, or to get dyes out of them. They are also grown for their overall appearance.

There are also plants that are cultivated for human consumption. They are consumed as fruits, vegetables and herbs for medicinal purposes.

When we talk about gardening the subject ranges from fruit orchards to long boulevard plantings. Gardening practitioners may specialize themselves in growing only one type of plant or they may also practice mixed plantings that involve many various plants.

Gardening requires active participation of the practitioner and it usually requires intensive works and discipline.
Here you'll find many tips and tricks that are related to gardening.

There are various methods, types and approaches to maintain a healthy and beautiful garden. You can find all of them here.

You may want to learn what's the proper way to landscape the yard, choosing the right soil, maintain the plants, growing indoor gardens, and many many more.

We also look forward to hear your insights, suggestions, and even requests around gardening and landscaping. So please don't forget to leave your precious comments...

Happy gardening... :)

Learn More About Landscaping

Landscaping is not widely used terms. Though many people know about it but still there are number of other peoples who want to dig out what does it mean. This article will help those new beginners in understanding and gathering knowledge about landscaping.

The landscaping is derived from the word landscape which means to decorate the lawn in such a manner that it will look appealing, pleasant and well designed.
People opt for landscaping their home lawns initially just to make their environment more appealing and attractive. But the secondary purpose is that through landscaping the worth of the property increases.
People hire professionals for landscaping their home. Professionals are more experienced and they have ability to perform this task in an efficient manner. People acquire the services of landscapers turn their dreams into reality.

Some people want to perform this task themselves and take this task in their hands to make their dreams a reality. Although this job requires a lot of time and energy resources.

For successful achievement in landscaping, planning is required and plans must be implemented correctly in order to achieve what was desired. Although performing this task is the difficult one but in the end it will give a homeowner the feel of pride and satisfaction on what he has done.

Landscape designs can be a simple one or it can be a complex one. It depends on the desire of the homeowner that how he wants his lawn to be. The simple one does not require much to do in maintenance of landscape while the complex one who have trees and plants require proper maintenance and special care.

Choose The Right Plant For Our Landscape

One of the most crucial steps of landscaping is to select the accurate plants for the lawn. The first thing which people will notice in the lawn is your plants. So that is why one must cautiously select the plants.
This article will help us in understanding the ways in which we can choose the right plant for our landscape.

  • Know the plants
One must be familiar to the type of the plants. It will tell you that whether that plant will grow in your lawn or not. It also makes you that what will be the size of that plant and how much time and care would it be requiring.
  • Choose your color combination
Poor color selection for the plants will make your lawn look terrible. So one must know that what he is buying for the lawn and which colors would be a better combination and soothing to eyes.
  • How well can you maintain them?
Different plants have different care requirements. Some plants need extra care and consideration while others do not require it. So, one must be known about the care requirement before selecting the plant for the lawn.
One must select those plants which they can handle easily. If they have time they can choose high maintenance plants and if they have lack of time they should go for less maintenance plants.

Learn These Different Types of Soil

The growth and the quality of the plants depend on the soil. Soil is vital part of gardening and the better quality soil will raise better and healthy plants.

But no single soil can provide these above mentioned effects. That is why to obtain them we need to use fusion of different soils. This article will help us in knowing the types of different soils.
  • Sand
Sand has ability that it could not retain water for the long time. So it helps the roots of the plant in not soaking in the water for the long time. But the major disadvantage is that one has to water the soil more often than other types of soil.

  • Clay
Clay has ability to hold nutrition but the problem with this it gets sticky when one put water over it and clay do not let air and water to get entered in plants.

  • Silt
Silt has abilities of both clay and sand. It can be able to hold nutrition and the same time do not retain water for the long time.
  • Loam
Loam is considered to be the perfect type of soil for the plants as it is the formed by adding the appropriate amount of sand, clay and silt.
So ultimately it holds the nutrition. But at the same time as loam is the combination of both sand and clay it can hold water in better way than sand.

Methods To Create An Enviroment-friendly Landscape

Through landscape the whole surroundings can be changed regardless of the size of the lawn. That is why the owners and the contractors both are cautious and they try to reduce the effect from this task.
Following are some ways to make the landscape better and environment friendly:
  • Find plants that consume little water 
Due to the scarcity of water on planet the home owners should select those plants which require less amount of water rather than those who requires plenty water. By choosing them they will be able to save their water expenses and also make the environment safer.
  • Use organic fertilizers 
The home owner should choose the organic fertilizers because they are not harmful for soils like the artificial fertilizers and at the same time they help plants to grow healthy.
Organic fertilizers can be created by composting a pit and by using grass as mulch.
  • Have trees in your lawn
Well positioned trees will be helpful in saving the cost of electricity as they will provide shades that will ultimately helps in providing the cooler environment.
  • Find alternative sources of water
Home owners must design their landscape in such a manner that rain water will ultimately come over them from the roofs’ top. It will save the tap water.

Tips On How To Designing Your Landscape

To judge the landscape design is a very simple method. The more the landscape looks appealing the more better it is in designing.

This article will help those who want to design their own landscape but are unable to actually visualize their designs. Here are some tips for designing the appealing landscape.
  • Get A Contractor
For setting up the landscape the first approach should be of getting the contractor who will provide you with the better designs and the man power for implementing the selected design.
  • Draw Your Design
The better way is to draw your design on a paper before you start working on landscaping. This will make the work much easier and will bring the superb outcomes. This is essential in both the cases; you do it yourself or hire a contractor.
  • Organize Your Area
The landscape area must be divided in such a manner that it will have place for everything. Not only for the bushes, trees, plants and grass but also for the tool shed and sitting area where one can relax and enjoy the nature.
  • What Plants Do You Want To Have?
Majority of the people mostly observes the plants in the lawn. So, one must be very careful in the selection of plants. These plants will determine the overall beauty of the landscape.

How To Make The Soil Fertile And Healthy

The success of the landscapes lies in its prolonged existence. This can only be possible if the soil is of better quality and it is fertile. Soil is responsible for the growth of healthy plants.

But every soil does not have ability to grow healthy nourished plants. So before planting in any soil some steps must be taken so to make assure that plants grow healthy. This article is explaining some tops that will make you understand that how to make the soil fertile and then ultimately landscape long lasting.

  • Mix Your Soil With Compost

To make the soil fertile this can retain the air and the water mix compost in it. It will also add nutrients in soil that will help for the growth of healthy plants.

It must also kept in mind that compost creation is a lengthy process but if it is done in the systematic manner it will take about a month to preparing compost. If you adopt the passive approach where you let nature to play its role in creating compost itself is much lengthier process.

  • Putting Mulch On Your Soil

To save the soil from the erosion and to help the soil to retain the air and water Mulch is needed. Mulch is an organic substance which is put over the top of soil.

  • Take It Easy On The Fertilizer

One must know that superfluous of anything is dangerous. Fertilizer although use to nourish the soil but excessive fertilizer will have unfavorable results on the soil and it will damage environment too.