You Should Safeguard Your Garden Away From Hailstorms

You might have a lovely garden that you put your heart in but it can be ruined in a moment from the weather. There isn’t anything that can be done to stop the weather from happening, and many a garden has been ruined because of that. Devoid of the weather, our planet would be a rather desolate place, considering that the rain, and other forms of moisture is needed as much as the sunshine.

If you think about it, if there’s no rain, you would be limited to what you can grow. Nevertheless it could be demoralizing to put all of your effort in a garden only to have it wiped out by a violent hailstorm. You might enjoy having it rain at first since you don’t have to go out of your way to water the plants yourself. This is all fine and dandy until the water dropping from the sky turns to ice. It is a sense of dread, especially if you have gone through having your garden destroyed by a ten minute hailstorm.

The only solution in your case would be to take measures to protect your garden from such a storm. The first option is to set up a wire mesh screen that you can implement to cover the garden when it rains. It will instantly protect your garden, if it turns to hail, and either way the water will drip through the screen onto your plants. This isn’t a fix for everyone, as it is not easy to build, and will cost some money. If you have never been hit with a hailstorm, you can do something similar to this.

When your garden is already been wiped out, you might be searching for a way to revive your garden. There isn’t very much you can try except to be deliberate and patient in caring for your plants. You won’t know how well your plants will make it through after a bad hailstorm. Make sure you definitely have them covered if more rain or wind is expected, since this is a brittle stage. If you choose to have a garden, you will need to know how frequent hailstorms are in your area. For this reason, you ought to have an emergency strategy to protect your plants. No matter if it rarely occurs, you should have a strategy set up.

It merely requires one hailstorm to destroy all the work you put in. You need to take preemptive measures so that the worst is actually avoided. Considering the work you put into your gardening, you wouldn’t want it to go to waste.

Garden Design London

Make a list of the garden design requirements that you have. What you expect to get from your garden. How much you would realistically want to spend on the build, etc. The look you require. Any storage you may require, ie. garden furniture, equipment, bicycle storage etc. Boundary areas, walls and fences may need to be discussed with your neighbour? Think about lighting, having the option to use the garden in the evening should be seriously considered. Your garden designer should be able to advise on any issues that require planning permission, etc. Although the necessary paperwork is usually required to be completed and submitted by the home owner. Along with a list of your requirements and, after looking at your existing garden your garden designer will be able to estimate a building cost in conjunction with a landscape contractor. We work across London and the home counties. Including contemporary, small, city, roof terrace & decking garden design ideas.

Cost of Garden Design The cost of commissioning a garden design will vary from garden designer to garden designer. Factors such as qualification, experience, reputation, awards won etc will have an impact on the charge that different garden designers can make for their services. Discuss with the garden designer and ask what their chosen method of designing and presentation is and what services you should expect in return for their fee. We work from anywhere in central London, outer london, the home counties and nationally. Including contemporary, small, city, roof terrace & decking garden design.

The size of your garden will also have an impact on the cost. Although it doesn’t always follow that smaller gardens cost less! Often smaller urban or city gardens require a greater amount of garden design solutions! The restrictions of urban and city living often require garden designers to be clever with design solutions and space saving options but without losing design impact or structure. We work across London and the home counties. Including contemporary, small, city, roof terrace & decking garden design.

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Azalea Hybrid Bushes And Native American Fiery (flame) Azaleas

Buying the best azalea shrub offers a gardener many choices for various landscapes. The Southern indica azalea hybrids are the most popular flowering shrubs for warm climates that includes the Formosa azaleas of white, pink, red, purple, magenta, violet, and lavender. Other outstanding Formosa azaleas are Duc DeRohan, Dutchess of Cypress, G.G. Gerbing, George L. Tabor, Madonna White, and South.

Kurume azaleas are evergreen azaleas with considerable cold hardiness and were introduced into the United States around 1915 from Japan. Japan has a climate much like mid-Atlantic and Southern States, and Kurume azalea plants thrive in these similar climates. Kurume azalea shrubs grow small waxy leaves and are considered to be dwarf azalea plants, growing 4 feet tall, but rarely some cultivars reach 6 feet in height. The flowers of Kurume azaleas bloom in colors of pink, purple, white, red, orange, and lavender, and some produce double flowers (double rows of petals). Coral bells is important as a pink azalea to plant underneath windows, and the intense flowering habit is also notable in the pink ruffles azalea and the red ruffles highlights any garden landscape planting. Snow is a pure white Kurume flowering azalea cultivar.

Satsuki azalea plants were developed in Japan as a bonsai specimen (dwarf), however, some cultivars can grow 6 feet tall. The flowers can exceed 5 inches, the size of a coffeecup saucer, and the late blooming characteristic of Satsuka azaleas offers the landscape gardener a flower that blooms after May 15 and continues flowering through June.

Compact azaleas are generally preferred for small gardens like the Satsuki hybrid cultivars that includes the Gumpo pink, Gumpo white, Gumpo red, Higasa rose-pink, and Wakebishu dark pink azalea. Satsuki azalea shrubs will flower abundantly.

The USDA began a hybridization program of azalea shrubs at Glenn Dale, Maryland to introduce landscape, cold hardy plants of flowering azalea cultivars that would extend the season for azalea bloom and offer Northern landscape gardeners new colorful cultivars of flowering azaleas. Many of these Glenn Dale azalea shrubs grow flowers similar to the Formosa hybrids. Glenn Dale azaleas bloom with the diversity of Japanese hybrids. Glenn Dale flowering azalea cultivars introduced by the USDA hybridizers have produced over 400 kinds of azalea shrubs, many available to buy through an internet nursery site. Two sensational Glenn Dale azalea hybrids are the salmon-pink Fashion azalea. The Fashion azalea can grow 6 feet tall and is covered with medium sized flowers. A pure white azalea, the H.H. Hume, is an excellent Glenn Dale azalea shrub that blooms in late April. Many Glenn Dale azalea landscape shrubs flower in May and June.

Not all azalea shrubs are evergreen, but American native azalea shrubs drop the leaves during winter and are called deciduous azaleas. In the South, these native azaleas are called fragrant bush honeysuckle or the Florida azalea (Rhododendrun austrinum) with colors of yellow, red, pink, white, yellow-orange, purple, and bicolor light up the forests or garden landscape when domesticated. The wild bush honeysuckle (Rhododendrun austrinum) is an early blooming native azalea shrub, with fragrant flowers appearing before the leaves.

Native flame azaleas can grow 10 feet tall and 15 feet wide and can be grown into a flowering tree as a specimen in the landscape garden. The size of most other flowering landscape azalea bushes is quite variable, some dwarf azaleas grow one foot tall and others up to 15 feet with age. Some azaleas in Japan are reported to be several hundred years old and grow into small trees with trunks up to one foot in diameter.

Most gardeners prefer to buy azalea shrubs at a nursery in the spring while the bush blooms. Some azalea experts suggest planting azalea shrubs in the winter or fall by buying containerized nursery bushes, so that the root system can support beautiful flowering in the spring. Most azalea shrubs are slow growing in the landscape, and many gardeners prefer to buy large established azalea clumps that will flower on a grandiose scale in the spring.

Azalea bushes thrive under the partial, filtered shade of pine trees, along with companion dogwood trees and camellia shrubs. Azalea plants are better grown in partial shade, and when planted next to buildings, the north side offers protection from cold damage. The flowers of the azalea plant last longer in filtered pine tree shade because of the cooling effect. Pine tree straw, pine cones, and pine tree bark make excellent mulch under azalea bushes by conserving soil moisture and preventing weeds. When planting azalea bushes, the shrub should be put into a landscaped hole that contains half soil and half organic matter, such as pine tree bark or peat moss. Azalea plants are very shallow rooted and must be grown in an organic soil mixture.

The azalea plant is acid loving, and a pH of 4.5 to 5.5 is ideal for vigorous growing. Watering may be necessary if rain does not happen for a two week period and fertilizing is usually avoided. Fertilizer can burn the tender fibrous root system. If yellowing occurs in the leaves or leaf veins, Iron or Magnesium (Epsom salts) will usually correct the condition. Leaves and humus are the best organic fertilizers for azaleas and generally fertilizer is not recommended, because the plant may be damaged or killed by gardeners who wish to be “too kind” to their plants. Azaleas flourish in an acid soil (low pH), and lime should never be used, since it can be fatal to your azalea plants.

If leaves of azalea shrubs show a dull, dark green leaf color with reddening beneath, this means that there are deficiencies of phosphorus in the soil that can easily be corrected by applying phosphorous in water-soluble fertilizer, such as miracle grow. Bright green, shiny azalea leaves generally means that the azalea plant is in a healthy state of growth.

If azalea bushes are pruned after flowering, during the summer, there may be only few azalea flowers formed the following season, therefore the sooner you prune after flowering, the better your chances are of ensuring beautiful flowering next year.

Azalea shrubs are easily propagated and increased by taking a cutting about 8 inches long and placing the cut end about 2 inches deep in sand. Roots on azalea plants can form within a week during June and July, and the plant may grow another foot tall before it is ready to be planted permanently in your yard.

There are thousands of different cultivars of azaleas. An excellent reference book, Azaleas, by Fred Galle, describes 6000 flowering varieties, and is published by Timber Press. Very few of these azalea cultivars are available commercially, because most nursery garden centers do not wish to stock shrub perennials, unless they are in bloom, and the blooming period of azalea is restricted to a month or less. Azalea plants don’t sell well unless they are in full flower – except from year round shipping by internet companies that can ship them at any season.

Plant Leaf Identification Guide

In order to identify a plant, there are several leaf characteristics that must be noted. First is the overall shape. Some plants’ leaves have very distinct shapes and can be used alone to identify the plant. Most, though, are similar to those from other species of plants. Therefore, more information is usually needed. Leaf type is a major factor.

They fall into two general types, simple and compound. Simple leaves grow separately, one to each stem, while compound grow in a series of smaller leaves called leaflets. Plants with the compound type often have a “fern-like” appearance. Leaf arrangement is the next factor to take into consideration. Some have opposite arrangements, meaning that they grow directly across the stalk or branch from each other. An alternate arrangement means that leaves grow in intervals on each side of the stalk. Whorled arrangements consist of several leaves growing from the same spot on the branch.

Color can only be used to identify plants on some occasions. Many change color with different levels of sunlight or in different seasons. However, some plants’ leaves have very distinct coloration. In these instances, color is a good tool to use in identifying plants using their leaves. Margins are one of the most helpful indicators of plant variety. The term margin refers to the contour of the leaf. An entire margin indicates that the contour of the leaf is smooth all the wall around. A lobed margin means that the leaf has rounded protrusions, as on an oak tree. A serrate margin features saw-like teeth, much like a serrated kitchen knife.

Last, a dentate margin indicates that a leaf displays sharp protrusions like long teeth. The final indicator of leaf origin is its odor. Like color, odor is sometimes not a particularly helpful tool. Some plants are nearly odorless, and many smell very similar. However, sometimes odor is the most clear indicator available. A good example of an extremely odorous plant is the eucalyptus tree. The eucalyptus has an extremely strong and distinctive smell. Someone familiar with the tree could likely identify it while blindfolded with just one sniff.

However, it is important not to rely too heavily on the sense of smell, because some plants mimic others in their scents! Using all of these factors, pant identification should be quite simple when observing the characteristics of leaves. It is sometimes easy to get confused by focusing too heavily on one or two factors, so it is important to look at the whole picture.

4 Great Reasons to Eat and Grow Kale

Several weeks ago, Scott Jacobson published an article in Slate on “The All-Kale Diet: Kale of Duty.” Although intended as a bit of humor, there is much to recommend this vegetable to everyone interested in good health.

The first great reason; Kale or borecole is a form of cabbage, albeit closer to wild cabbage than the cultivar and is arguably one of the healthiest vegetables known. 250 grams [about one cup] of kale contains approximately 5 grams of fiber [13% of RDA], 102 mg of Vitamin C [142% of RDA], 179 mg of calcium [17% of RDA], 2,037 micrograms of Vitamin K [1925% of RDA, and the list goes on and on.

The second great reason; Clinical studies, as reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, have shown that generally speaking, an increase in consumption of vegetables lower the risk of chronic diseases, or at least minimally slow their onset. Studies have also indicated that a diet rich in Vitamin K, such as kale, can significantly reduce the overall risk of cancer. Additionally, other studies show that diets that include foods in the brassica group, such as broccoli, cabbage and kale can support elimination of toxic estrogens. These estrogens, found in plastics and pesticides, are the kinds that promote breast cancer. These health benefits seem to be very good reason for increasing one’s consumption of kale.

The third reason, kale is easy to grow and has an extended growing season. Kale is, of course, available in your neighbourhood grocery store and farmer’s market, but growing your own is also very easy. If you have a garden, it can be one of the first seeds you sow in the spring and one of the last crops you can harvest in the fall. Even in the heat of summer, if you have a protected area in your yard, kale could be grown, but it does like the cooler weather best. If you live in an apartment or condominium with space at a premium, you could grow enough in a window box or pots to have it with a meal once or twice a week. If shopping for kale, look for firm, darkly coloured leaves and stems; leaves range from dark green to red. It will keep for up to five days in a refrigerator in plastic bags as air tight as you can get them.

The fourth great reason is eating more is so easy. Kale can be eaten raw by simply cutting it up and adding it to your green salad. We like it with heavier salad such as taco salad where we have added black beans and meat. Kale can be cooked like spinach, chopped and added to soups or stews or it can be roasted with salt and pepper and eaten like chips. Getting a bit more ambitious, it goes great in eggs, with quiche, or in a stir fry. My friend adds baby kale along with fresh fruit to her good morning smoothie to power up her day. Our Kale is just about ready to pick and so are the strawberries, so where is that blender? Yum!

The uses of hedges and hedging plants

Hedgerows date back thousands of years. There is evidence that Romans planted thorn hedges to provide boundaries to estates.

Hedges were first introduced for privacy and security and they are still two of the biggest reasons for garden hedges today. Britain is a nation of gardeners. Britain has been passionate for gardening and tending to pieces of privately owned land.
Hedges frame a garden and provide privacy and structure. Hedges are not harsh like a brick or stone wall and can be shaped differently if required. They also allow airflow through a garden which a wall does not and without an airflow plants can suffer.

The last few decades have seen the demise of many thousands of miles of established hedgerows and their associated wildlife. To help redress this balance we are offering four carefully selected mixtures of native species, these will grow together to form a dense rustic hedge that will be stock proof amd encourage a wide variety of wildlife. Trim at any time from August onwards, ideally in winter. These well balanced mixes are a more economical and convenient way of planting native species.

Boundary hedges are by far the most practical way of marking the limits of your plot containing pets/children and keeping out unwanted visitors while adding character and value to your property. Boundary hedging is not just cheaper than a fence or wall, it will be longer lasting and a more effective filtering barrier to wind and noise. A hedge will provide a higher quality of privacy bringing a sense of seclusion to your garden.

There are many hedge species suitable for boundary hedging. The photo shows a Leylandii hedge in the background with an English Yew hedge in front. Many other hedge species are suitable for boundary hedges for example Laurel, Privet, Beech, Hornbeam and Thuja. All of these hedges are either leaf retaining or evergreen therefore providing year round privacy.

Security hedges will often perform similar functions as boundary hedging but with a greater priority placed in keeping out intruders.While many species will provide security, hedging plants with thorns will always be the most effective deterrent. While they are undoubtedly more hostile many of these hedge plants may also provide a beautiful living tapestry of colour for much of the year.

Faster growing evergreen security hedging plants include Pyracantha (in the photo) together with Berberis Darwinii and Berberis Stenophylla, Hollies will also make an excellent prickly hedge albeit more slowly. Suitable deciduous hedging species include Quickthorn, Blackthorn and most Roses. A mixture of plants can be equally effective, Mixed Native hedges are excellent for security as are simpler mixes such as Hornbeam and Quickthorn which combined are prickly and leaf retaining for winter.

There are many situations where a screening hedge would be desirable, ugly or out of keeping buildings may spoil the view, overlooking windows may compromise privacy or a busy road may require evergreen hedging not just to improve the view but to filter noise and pollution. Visual screening hedges should give good coverage all year and may be trimmed in a way that preserves the desirable part of a view. High level screening can be achieved with ‘monster’ hedges but the maintenance is likely to be difficult and expensive. If space allows it is better to keep the hedge at a manageable size and plant a belt of trees and/or large shrubs away from the hedge to achieve high level screening. Hedges to screen noise and pollution should be deep and dense, the best species are Leylandii or the broad leaved Cherry Laurel hedge ideally planted in a double or triple row if space allows.

Privet is the most common hedging plant found in suburban areas. It is dark green so provides a good strong border and is easy to cultivate. Leylandii is another very popular hedging plant but one that grows at an extremely high rate causing many a neighbourhood dispute.

Evergreen mix native hedging would be the preferred choice of many homeowners and gardeners. Unfortunately there are very few suitable native or indigenous plants that are true evergreens so garden nurseries have had to adapt and use. For example, leaf retaining Beech and Hornbeam for more variety. This mixture provides as good a degree of year round privacy as is possible without using more ‘suburban’ evergreen plants.

The native Green Beech is a particularly versatile hedging plant, suitable for both formal garden hedges and more extensive stockproof country hedgerows. When trimmed as a hedge Green Beech can easily be maintained at any height from 2ft upwards. (The world’s tallest Beech Hedge at Meikleour in Scotland stands at 100ft.)! The delicate wavy edged new foliage emerges light green in late spring and darkens to a rich bright green during the summer months. As autumn progresses these leaves often change to a buttery golden yellow before turning to a familiar rich copper in winter.

Green Beech is technically a deciduous tree however Beech Hedges will retain their leaves in winter, this can be encouraged by giving your Beech Hedge its annual hair cut in late summer. The retained leaves give year round privacy making a Beech Hedge a good alternative to evergreen plants. The coppery brown leaves are also unharmed by salt spray and pollution making Green Beech an excellent choice for a roadside hedge.

Beech Hedge may be grown successfully in full sun or part shade and will grow in any reasonable soil (including chalk) providing it is well drained. If soil becomes waterlogged in winter, it is recommended by garden nurseries that Hornbeam is planted which is another similar native species that thrives in wetter conditions. Green Beech is a tough and relatively fast growing plant (1-2ft per year) it will tolerate exposed windy sites and drought once established.

Benefits of Garden Hose for Your Garden

If you own a large, extraordinary home garden, chances are, you have a garden hose. A garden hose in general is made of flexible rubber tube that carries water. Though some other garden hoses may basically made from vinyl or polyurethane but rubber is the most well known material used.

In fact, garden hose is the simplest way of irrigating your home garden. But if your garden is quite big, you might benefit from having multiple garden hoses connected end to end. The threads at each end of a usual garden hose effortlessly attach with one another.

Moreover, hoses are usually classified into categories depending on usage, overall material used, durability and toughness. Garden hoses can either be three kinds.

The first kind is light duty garden hose. It is made of lightweight material and can be handled relatively easy. You can use of a light duty garden hose for relatively light gardening chores. Light duty garden hose is easy to move around and drag to various area. It is normally made of rubber and can be wrapped around in a spool after use.

Another kind of garden hose is the medium duty. This kind of garden hose is perfect for overall watering purposes. It is generally flexible and durable and has resistant to kinks. Medium duty hoses are perfect for washing your vehicles and watering your lawns. It has also a five year warranty.

Medium duty hoses can provide sufficient water pressure to remove hardened dirt in hard to reach areas. Although a bit heavy, this is awfully helpful in working with large gardens and lawns.

The last kind of garden hose is the heavy duty. For hard watering chores, make use of a heavy duty hose. Extremely kink-resistant, heavy duty hoses come with heavy duty brass octagonal couplings. They are also very flexible. Heavy duty hoses can handle all of your distinctive watering chores such as car washing and gardening. This kind of hose is ideal if you employ your hose heavily as most heavy duty hoses come with lifetime warranties.

Additional types of hoses are obtainable for different purposes and uses. Commonly larger and made with materials tougher than garden hose rubber, some of these kinds of hoses are used for business purposes and are able to handle strong water pressure.

Whether you are an expert gardener or just doing it as a pastime, choose a good garden hose which is handy and useful. It should serve you well in the garden and for different other tasks you might need it for.

Maintain your dream garden with your gardening skills

Spending hours of time with plants and flowers can easily warm up your mood and can bring positive vibes around you. Flowers and plants are the beautiful creation. We manage them in a selective way within our location and named them as dream garden. Having a garden of your dream at your own place can change your home to special and peaceful place like heaven. Every person has the dream of having garden on their front yard or back yard. But having a garden on your place is not an easy work. We have lots of things to care about like designing, cleaning and maintaining it.

Garden not only for the purpose of show of your home. It also maintain the freshness in your home environment. Whenever we feel some uneasiness and stress at ending of the day, you prefer to have a walk on your yard and garden. The flow of the cool air and fresh fragments from the fresh flowers of your own garden can easily made your day.

Generally gardening is preferred for the peace of a mind. But also taken as a fashion and competition now a days. Who have the beautiful garden in the society? How they maintain it? And many more questions arises and you always tries to make the best one among them.

To make the best garden among all, we uses lots of tools and designs to maintain and decorate our garden which could be the artificial as well as the natural resources also. But simply using some old stuffs also can make vast difference and make it the awesome one. We can use our old chairs, broken glasses, pots, stones, shoes, plastic bottles, boxes and many more stuff as the useful and decorative sources. Using the old stuffs can increase the attractive pattern on your garden, even you can create a fairy world on a corner of your garden. And can hang out there on any time and feel your fairy dream garden and enjoy.

Nowadays everybody has a busy and tired schedule. So having a dream garden and spending some time serving it may sound impossible. There are lots of service provider who serves for garden designing, garden cleaning, garden maintenance and gardeners to the particular area. Which makes us easier to maintain our garden with our expectations. And you can feel the peace and positive vibes all over the air.

The Uses For Recycled Materials Continues to Grow

Most Popular Bonsai Trees

Bonsai plants are very well-loved miniature saplings that are cultivated to capture the beauty of a large replica tree. The tree is planted in a small ceramic container, pruned and potted to keep the tree from growing to full size. Like other potted plants, there are some bonsai trees that are more popular than others. There are literally thousands of plants and varieties that might be considered for a bonsai plant, however there are a select few that are easy to sustain and grow. The following is a list of five bonsai plants that range from most popular to least popular, and a short summarization of each amazing specimen.

The Juniper bonsai tree is easily the most popular genre of bonsai saplings used, because of the ease of growth and sustaining. The branches of a Juniper have adjustable branches, which makes it easy to shape and prune for both beginners and bonsai enthusiasts alike. Junipers are found throughout the Us, makings it easily accessible and ready to prune.

The Chinese elm bonsai is another popular selling tree because of the beautiful leaves and the unique twisted tree trunk. This beautiful bonsai is strong, sturdy and forgiving if you are a new to bonsai, and forget to water or prune regularly. The Chinese elm adapts to either indoor or outdoor climates, makings it an extraordinarily favorite choice for bonsai.

The third most popular bonsai is a stunning specimen with wide leaves that is great for pruning. The ficus bonsai tree has a thick trunk and wide roots that adapts well in many environments. The hardy wood should be kept indoors, which makes the bonsai popular for mens and women who dwell in the city and do not have room to grow trees outdoors.

The Japanese maple bonsai tree is best known for its one-of-a-kind leaf shape, and remarkable seasonal changes. The maple trees have a deciduous behavior, meanings they lose their leaves in the winter and bloom again in the spring. The tree would be more popular, if it kept its leaves on year around.

The cypress bonsai trees are popular, and can possibly be found in the genus of pine and palm trees. The bonsai trees have deep green foliage, with a variety of branches that can make it the perfect bonsai for trimming and maintenance. Many like the cypress bonsai tree as a result of the unique beauty and exotic appearance.

The Satsuki Azaleas bonsai tree is a popular bonsai because of the beautiful flowers that bloom tight small flowers that are perfect for miniature plants. The plant blooms at least two times a year, which makes it popular during those times. The marvelous bonsai tree can come in a variety of colors, and is considered as being a very feminine bonsai tree.

This bonsai list is made from a list of favorites bought in garden nurseries throughout North America. There are many other exotic and beautiful trees that can be planted as a bonsai, and have yet of being seen. It doesn’t matter which magnificent bonsai plant that you chose, you are sure to have a wonderful conversational piece!

Are You A Wannabe Bonsai Master?

If you fancy a new hobby then the art of Bonsai can be an amazing and enjoyable pastime. Even Bonsai masters had to start somewhere, so you mustn’t feel intimidated if you fancy having a go at growing your very own miniature tree.

Let’s start with some Bonsai basics. Contrary to popular opinion a Bonsai tree doesn’t grow dwarfed naturally, and they are certainly not a special hybrid plant. Nope, a Bonsai tree is artificially modified by means of root and branch pruning to keep it undersized.

So now we know what a Bonsai tree is, let’s talk about how we go about growing one.

It’s advisable, especially as you are just starting out to grow your own Bonsai tree, rather than buy an already established one from a specialist. The reason being, you will likely make many mistakes along the way. By growing you own tree you will be constantly learning as your Bonsai is maturing and therefore any errors will not be as costly.

You will either grow your Bonsai tree from a seed or a young sapling. What’s important is to choose a tree that is best suited to the environment where it will be living. Most trees can become Bonsai, but like in life, some are better suited than others. Try to choose a tree that is relatively slow growing with petite size leaves and you will be fine.

When it comes to planting your seed or sapling you can either plant it outside in the garden or try to pot-it-up inside. I guess it really depends on the time of year, and how quickly you want your Bonsai to become established. Obviously trees grow outside, so logically, the best place initially for your Bonsai seed or sapling would be in the garden. However, if you planting during the winter months nothing is going to grow until spring, when the soil is warmer and your seed or saplings breaks from dormancy. Therefore, you may prefer to artificially stimulate warmer conditions by growing your seed or sapling indoors.

Once you are confident your seed or sapling is becoming more established by growing foliage and small branches, its time to think about moving your Bonsai to its permanent home. A Bonsai pot should be chosen carefully, as your miniature tree will be spending the rest of its life housed in it. As a general rule your Bonsai pot should roughly be as wide as the longest branch, and as deep as the trunk is wide. Obviously, your Bonsai is likely to be still growing, so it’s important to allow for additional growth when choosing a pot.

Before you move your Bonsai to its new home its a good idea to inspect its roots. Hopefully you should find lots of growth within the root ball. A good tip here to remove the roots from the soil is to use a lolly-pop stick. If you notice a long tap root, you can safely trim this off before potting up. If your Bonsai has been growing vigorously and roots are well developed you can safely trim about one third without worry. You should also consider pruning the top. This will help balance your Bonsai before transplanting it.