By Michael Cook
Greenhouses work by the differing transparency of glass to solar and thermal radiation. Glass is transparent to most of the wavelengths of solar radiation, but is thick to the much longer (thermal infrared) wavelengths released by the plants and soil inside the greenhouse. Solar radiation is able to enter the greenhouse, where it is absorbed by the plants and heats them up. The longer thermal wavelengths emitted by the heated plants cannot get out through the glass so heat keeps building up. Plastic greenhouses, however, appear to work as well as glass ones. The plastic is not nearly as transparent to thermal infrared radiation as it is to solar radiation. This leads us to wonder why a greenhouse gets so hot on a sunny day verses a cloudy one.
By William Dittman
Outdoor lighting is a very attractive way to add security to a home, business, rental property, or public area such as parks and waterways. Outdoor lighting can provide a very attractive arrangement that not only allows you to see, but can be an excellent criminal deterrent. Outdoor lighting is effective at deterring criminal activity such as vandalism, theft, and robbery. If a criminal has a choice, he or she will opt for a darkened property over one that may expose him or her via outdoor lighting.
By Andrew Caxton
Landscaping your yard has often been compared to painting a beautiful picture. If you are an artist, then your teacher has probably told you that a good painting should have a focal point and the rest of the details should make the painting even more interesting and beautiful. In landscaping and gardening, this works in much the same way. You are creating a picture around a focal point to help make a cohesive, beautiful landscape that you can enjoy.
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There’s a large overlap between herbs that do well in an outdoor garden versus those that thrive inside. Many will perform equally well in either setting, provided they’re cared for properly.
Most houseplants require some care year round. But exactly what you do is heavily influenced by the season. Most houseplant species have an active growing season in the Spring and early Summer, followed by a tapering off in the Fall. Many become dormant in Winter, even though the temperature in the house remains relatively warm.
Container gardening can have a dozen advantages over ordinary, outdoor gardening. You can bring plants indoors for winter, or grow them in the house all year round. Soil control is surer, since nothing can get in the pot but what you put there. Light control is simpler – you can move a container into shade or put it near a window or under a lamp.
Landscapers often consider the color provided by flowers, the convenience and beauty of stone walking paths, the shade and fruit of a nice apple tree and other elements. But no landscaping effort is complete without the proper selection and placement of some great shrubs. You’ll want to select a shrub based on your desire to add a certain color, shape and size to your landscape design.
Having potted plants around the home provides lovely decoration and a healthy atmosphere. Not only do many indoor plants help ‘scrub’ the air, but the sight of healthy growing things provides a nice mental lift as well.
Whether outdoor or in a container, good soil is fundamental to the health of your herbs. From the sun, they receive the energy needed to perform all the activities that makes possible growth and reproduction. But that energy is used to drive chemical reactions that can occur only because many of the components originate from the soil.
Perennials are plants, usually flowering types, that come back year after year. They differ in when they blossom, but once planted they will burst forth with color every year if treated well. Biennials are similar, but only bloom every other year.
By Dave Kearsley
Hardly surprising landscape lighting is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most requested services asked of gardening companies. Still, outside lighting is not actually a specialty area that needs extensive knowledge to organize. It is by and large a piece of cake to install and will make a spectacular difference in the appeal of your home after sundown.
By Bowe Packer
Flowers are one of nature’s heralds of the seasons. The various flowers that blossom in the different seasons can inform us what season we are in. For instance flowers like the Poinsettia are known to bloom only during the wintertime season, more specifically during December. Annual flowers on the other hand are wonderful flowers to plant in your gardens.
By Andrew Caxton
I am sure that you have many different landscaping ideas that are inside your mind and heart. This is the best way to find the right landscaping design for your particular yard, because it assures your satisfaction. You, too, can make your lawn into that relaxing and tranquil spot that you deserve and need. You don’t have to be a professional landscaper to make your lawn look great. All you need is some time and energy, as well as creativity, to make your lawn into the oasis that you desire.