Archive for the ‘Gardening’ category

Urban Agriculture: New Project at le Palais des Congrès de Montréal

October 3rd, 2016
Harvest Bounty from the Montreal Convention Centre's Green Roof

Harvest Bounty from the Montreal Convention Centre’s Green Roof

Like many cities across North America, Montreal has problems with localized heat islands during the summer, raising the temperature significantly compared with its surroundings. This effect is due to the density of buildings and road network, and not enough green space to absorb the sun’s heat.  In addition, with changing and somewhat unpredictable weather conditions due to climate change, an increasing number of cities are beginning to experiment with different forms of urban agriculture. One of the projects in Montreal is a partnership between the Montreal convention centre (le Palais des Congrès de Montréal), the department of urban agricultural research from the university of Quebec at Montreal (AU/LAB at UQAM), Miel Montreal, and La Ligne Verte. This is a true collaborative project to learn what is possible regarding growing food within the confines of a rooftop. The project aims to fulfill several objectives:

  • Reduce heat island effect for the neighbouring area;
  • Absorb stormwater;
  • Produce plants and vegetables for a variety of uses;
  • Preserve heirloom seeds from some rarer varieties of plants;
  • Demonstrate Montreal’s efforts to become a resilient city in the face of changing weather patterns;
  • Provide a “lab” like setting to develop new vertical farming techniques.

» Read more: Urban Agriculture: New Project at le Palais des Congrès de Montréal

What are your Green Options in Fighting off a Pest Invasion?

July 20th, 2015

While pests have developed over the millions of years, it took only about 50 for science to keep up the pace. Today, with increasing environmental concerns, non-toxic pest control options that are harmless to humans, non-pest species, and the soil and water resources are becoming a popular alternative to traditional aggressive chemical products.

Carpenter Ants

512px-Camponotus_sideview_2

By Richard Bartz, Munich Makro Freak (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons


They are considered a pest because of their habit of tunneling inside wood and rigid foam insulation. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not feed on wood, but use it solely for building the nest. They can be especially dangerous if they infest your house foundation.

  • Control measures – treat exposed parts of wooden structure with Bora Care against moisture accumulation. If you notice ant damage, repair it and prevent them from reaching that spot again. Deny them nesting areas by excavating stumps and taking care of injured trees. Inspect firewood before taking it inside. As these ants love trees, they will likely use branches to reach your roof. Prune all branches that touch the house. Discovered nests should be treated with boric acid.

Termites

512px-Tent_fumigation

By Mfield, Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons

 Colonies of these hard-working pest insects are so feared by homeowners that you can often hear that only a full scale extermination procedure gives results. However, homeowners forget that these operations are costly, and that not only these pesticides are harmful for the environments, but can also present a risk to the inhabitants.

  • Control measures – Termites feed on wood, but cannot live in it for long. Actually they live in a nest that is often underground and commute to your structure only to feed. By attacking the nest or shelter tubes that they use to enter your structure with vinegar, you can effectively stop them in tracks. If needed, apply the vinegar few more times. Another green way of dealing with them steps into the field of biological warfare. Nematodes are microscopic worms that can be bought in containers and poured as a water solution into the nest or shelter tubes. They effectively kill termites by infecting them.

Wasps

wasp-564609_640 Although there are certain benefits from wasps, like pollination and killing other pests, there are much more reasons not to leave them be. For example, if you have a small backyard, or their nest is built low along your path, it would be really hard not to disturb them. The pesticides that are used in spray cans are strong enough to kill your pet if it eats a dead wasp.

  • Control Measures – the easiest way to keep them off is to hang a fake paper nest. Although it doesn’t work every time, wasps are territorial and won’t get into another gang’s area. There are all kinds of wasp traps and you can make some yourself. The trick is to use savory bait, like tuna or a piece of sausage as sweet bait will attract honeybees, too. You can find eco pest control products against wasps such as EcoPCO JET-X – Wasp & Hornet Jet Aerosol which are as effective as heavy duty chemical products but they are made of 100% natural ingredients.

Green ways of dealing with pests vary from prevention, keeping them at bay, to natural bait traps and non-toxic spray products. They are best used combined, respective to the infestation level.

4 Ways to Go Green in the Garden

March 19th, 2015

4 Ways To Go Green In The Garden

In the recent years, the idea of environmentally conscious society seems to captivate more and more people. There is more to the phrase “green” than just replacing your electric bulbs with an LED one or sorting your garbage. This is a way of thinking that impacts every aspect of your life. Then why not incorporate some sustainable practices in your gardening? Combine aesthetics and practicality, while preserving the environment.

» Read more: 4 Ways to Go Green in the Garden

Living Walls And Vertical Gardens

November 26th, 2014
Living Wall. Source:

Living Wall

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_wall#mediaviewer/File:Mur_v%C3%A9g%C3%A9tal_int%C3%A9rieur.jpg

 

Everyone wants the best for their property and do their best to improve it every now and again. Decorating your home is one of the easiest ways to make your place feel like new, without really making that big of a change. When it comes to decorating of walls, it is necessary to mention the trend that has been in the spotlight recently, i.e. green walls, also known as living walls or vertical gardens. Living walls are self-sufficient gardens that are attached to indoor or outdoor walls of a property. Such walls easily make a significant change to a place and turn in into a lovely natural area. Vertical gardening is a great method to grow plants in a more innovative and unconventional way and is also a wonderful solution for properties, where it’s not possible to have a garden.

There are many reasons why more and more people have started to invite this new trend to their homes. Here is some more information about living walls and their number of benefits presented by London gardeners.

» Read more: Living Walls And Vertical Gardens

Guide to Cleaning a Lawn Mower and Preparing it for Winter

October 27th, 2014

 

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/90/MTD_Lawn_Mower.jpg/640px-MTD_Lawn_Mower.jpg

This is a guest post by Hally Bertram

Lawn mowers are useful tools for cutting grass around your garden. They are powerful and easy to use. Just like any other machine, lawn mowers need to be maintained. If you want your machine to last longer, you just take care of it.

So, here is a guide to cleaning a grass trimmer. Just make sure you follow the steps of Deluxe Gardeners London and you’ll be fine.

Here is a guide to cleaning and preparing a lawn mower for winter. Just make sure you follow the steps and you’ll be fine.

First things first, clean the machine thoroughly, following the steps from below. Remember to remove all the debris and grass that have built up in the mower. After you finish cleaning, use a light oil on the metal surfaces. This will keep them from rusting.

Step 1: Clean your  lawn mower

Things you’ll need:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Damp cloth
  • Soft brush
  • Stiff brush

Steps:

  1. Before you begin, be sure to unplug the machine. If you’ve used it just recently, let it cool.
  2. Avoiding the motor areas and switch, start by wiping down the machine. Use a slightly damp cloth.
  3. Ventilation slots: grass, dirt or debris might clog the ventilation slots of the machine. To rid of blockages, either vacuum the slots or use a really soft brush that won’t damage the surface. If the ventilation slots don’t work properly, the motor will get overheated due to poor ventilation. For this reason, it’s important that you pay attention to this particular part of your lawn mower.
  4. You should also remove debris from the guard plate and feed area. Use a stiff brush.
  5. Remove grass off your machine: it’s not only about cleaning your lawn mower, you also need to remove all the grass that remains in it. It’s very easy actually. You may use a putty knife. Just be careful not to cut yourself. This is the fastest way to get rid of grass. Another way to do it is by using a power washer.

Step 2: Fuel

Fuel and oil reservoirs need to be drained before you put away your lawn mower. To do this, remove the cap of the machine then using a bucket just pour the liquid inside. Of course, there will be some fuel left. To get rid of it, simply put a paper towel into the tank. It will absorb the remaining fuel.

Step 3: Air filters and engine inspection

Remove the spark plug and replace with new one if it is too dirty. If you’ve been using it for less than a year, then there is no need to replace it. Use a carburetor cleaner to rid of any dirt. Brush the surface with a stiff brush, then let dry. Before you put it back were it belongs, you need to make sure the cylinder is free of dirt. Sprinkle with WD-40 and start the machine a few times to help the oil get to all the sides of the gap.

Clean the air filter by spraying  WD-40. Wipe down with a clean rag.

When you put away your lawn mower, you should always keep in mind that the place should be dry and sheltered. It is advisable that you cover the machine with a cloth to keep dirt and dust away.

Additional tips and advice

  • Always read the manual that comes with your lawn mowers. You’ll find useful information such as required routine maintenance, type of maintenance it needs, ways to properly take care of it, etc. The biggest problem is that many people don’t know how to maintain their machines, that’s why they fail to work properly at some point. But if you perform routine checks of your machine, you’ll be able to avoid a variety of problems that may occur because of poor maintenance. If this information is not available in the user’s manual, check out the repair manual.
  • What does a routine check include? Usually it should involve inspecting the spark plug, air filter, controls and line.
  • Things you should check every season:

–After each use: mower line (see if it’s low); air intake (remove any debris or grass);  trimmer (damage repair, look for loose parts)

–10 hours after use: air filter (blow dust from filter or wash with water)

–25 hours after use: spark plug (inspect for damage or wear)

–40 hours after use: follow up with a complete inspection of the machine (check for missing, loose or damaged parts, repair or replace parts where necessary)

 

Get Adobe Flash player
%d bloggers like this: