The Benefits of Choosing Bark Dust for Your Landscape

Improving your property value by way of landscaping is something that should be on the top of every homeowner’s list. Generally speaking, landscaping can improve a property value by up to 14 percent, so it’s important for homeowners to find ways to maintain and upgrade their landscape as often as they can.

Bark Dust is becoming an increasingly popular option for those looking to upgrade and beautify their landscape. As the name indicates, Bark dust or bark mulch is made from the bark of trees. It comes from lumber companies who do not have a use for it and helps the environment by eliminating unnecessary waste.It often varies in color from an orange to a dusty red and looks great in gardens or pathways. The recycled product is very good for your soil and plant growth with its neutral PH balance.

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What You Didn’t Learn in the Last Post: 3 More Rules for Flood and Drain Hydroponics

In the last article, we explained four rules for flood and drain hydroponic systems. Rule one told you that you need to pick the right growing media, which is ultimately up to your own preference. Rule two stated that you need to keep a base layer of clay pebbles in your pot. Rule three referred to what considerations you should make regarding your flood cycle and rule four was all about keeping your system clean.

In this next part, you’ll learn about a few more rules for flood and drain hydroponics.

Rule #5: Don’t Plant Too Deep

Like you would in traditional farming methods, you want to place your young plants just two to three centimeters into your chosen growing media. If you place your plants too deep into the growing media, then when you flood your pot the water level will rise too high above the transplant block. A transplant block, if you’re not using one, can be an extremely effective means of potting young plants without damaging their roots.

Rule #6: Don’t flood too quickly

Typically, you should wait for your plants to absorb the remaining water from the growing media before you flood them again. In fact, your next flood should be at the very minimum 30 minutes after you turn on your grow lights. There are generally three types of grow lights you can use for your indoor setup, including fluorescent, HID, and LED. You really don’t need to flood your plants while the lights are off but you might need to do so once at most.

Rule #7: Rotate Pots

You don’t want the plant roots to clog your feed tube, so it’s important to rotate your inner pot every two to three days. You can check for a blockage by pouring nutrient solution (this is why you buy in bulk) into the pot. If it drains away quickly, you most likely don’t have a clog. However, if it drains slowly then you most probably have a blockage.

It’s not really a rule but a good tip is to buy bulk nutrients. You’ll end up going through more than you think, especially if you have a frequent flood cycle. Use these rules to ensure that your flood and drain system produces healthy plants with high yields.

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Taking A Look At The Importance Of Professional Rodent Control Services In The United States

We all know that bugs and other such pests can infiltrate your home and wreak havoc, from termites to bed bugs to even bees. Nobody wants bugs in their home, and calling a professional exterminator is often the best course of action to take – both to eradicate the problem in the first place as well as to ensure that it is not a problem that becomes recurring. But animal removal such as professional rodent removal is often necessary as well, something that perhaps not as many people would be readily aware of. When squirrels and rats and other such animals find a way to make their homes within your home, professional rodent removal is often something of a necessity, and not something that should be overlooked. After all, we all know the damage that insects and other such pests are capable of doing. But as any rodent removal professional will be able to tell you, so too can significant damage be caused by the presence of rodents in your home.

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The Importance Of a Regular Gutter Cleaning Schedule

How often do you think about your home’s gutter system? It is probably infrequently if at all, especially if there has never been a problem with your gutters. While they are reliable year after year even without inattention for some homeowners, it is imperative that you do pay attention to their upkeep. Here is what you need to know about taking care of your gutters.

What Does a Gutter Need to Be Well-Maintained?

A home’s gutter system is not a self-cleansing or self-repairing system. There is a degree of service required. Regular maintenance can help a homeowner avoid costly problems, but proper installation is also a must. The trick is to create a yearly cleaning schedule that you can follow.

How Often Should Gutters Be Cleaned?

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Indoor Plants Versus Outdoor Plants: The Pros (and Some Cons) of Grow Methods

The never-ending debate about which type of crop is better, indoor or outdoor, has been argued for decades in the agricultural community. Growers who swear by indoor crops and hydroponic systems will argue that indoor crops are certainly superior, and traditional growers who grow outdoors will forever insist that sun-grown crops are the natural ideal.

So which is it? Are indoor crops better or are outdoor crops better?

The truth is that it depends on the location, plant, and grower. There are merits to both methods. So rather than trying to find out once and for all which crop is better, it might be more beneficial to list the pros of each. That way, you can make a decision about which is better for you.

Outdoor Crop Pros

For the purist and eco-friendly conservationist, outdoor planting seems to provide the best means of growth.

Reduced Carbon Footprint

Since sun-grown crops are grown outdoors and with natural light, they require fewer supplies and resources to flourish. The natural light removes the need for high-intensity lighting that requires lots of energy to operate. That also goes for dehumidifiers, air circulators, flood and drain hydroponics, and most of the other energy consuming grow supplies. Outdoor plants don’t typically need as much fertilizer, pesticides, and fungicides either, making them better for some environmental conditions. Water consumption is also a plus, considering that natural precipitation can supply a source of water.

Less Expensive
The other positive to outdoor growing, which is really just a byproduct of the last section, is that it is much more cost-effective — at least for smaller projects. Fewer supplies, equipment, supplemental nutrients, and energy consumption means you don’t spend as much per plant. Which, for the serious growers, can be a big positive. Although, an indoor grower will be able to plant four times the number of crops in a grow area using hydroponics rather than soil farming, so it’s a cost/product situation.

Indoor Crop Pros

Indoor plants provide a steady growth cycle for the year-round growers who like to control every aspect of their crop to get substantial yields.

Not Seasonal
A really nice aspect of indoor growth is the fact that they can be cultivated year-round, which means that an adept grower can essentially grow anywhere and at any time. Even in areas where growth would seem improbable, if not impossible, indoor plants could theoretically be cultivated by a skilled grower. Of course, these areas present more variables in the growth cycle and proper climate control.

Controlled Growth
In some limited scenarios, an outdoor plant may produce a higher yield than an indoor plant due to a more natural growth cycle and the inability for a grow light to duplicate the sun’s light. However, there are numerous other factors of growing conditions that can be controlled with indoor plants, and therefore adjusted to change the outcome. An indoor grower will need to closely monitor and adjust aspects such as humidity, air circulation, stalk support, lighting, nutrients, and watering, to name a few. Of course, if this is done properly, the yield for an indoor plant can be much, much higher. The more skilled the grower, the better the chances for a superior product.

Since there’s no one right way to grow, and despite those who may insist their way is best, it’s ultimately up to you. If you want natural crops with less work (less, not zero) and a better impact on the environment, then you might choose outdoor. Then again, you may not have the capability. So find the method that works best for you.

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