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Get pH-smartSoil pH – the measure of the soil’s acidity or alkalinity – can influence how well plants grow.Soil that has a neutral pH (between 6.5 to 7) is best. The more acidic (lower pH) or the more alkaline (higher pH) the soil gets, the harder it is for plants to access nutrients, which can lead to poor growth. You can test the pH level of your soil with a simple test kit from your local garden centre or hardware store. Measure multiple spots in the garden and apply products to change the pH. With acidic soil (pH less than 6.5), for example, you can apply lime to raise the soil pH. For alkaline soil (pH greater than 7), you can apply a soil acidifier.
Are there old or broken garden pieces that can be recycled? Has your trampoline seen better days or do you have flat basketballs in your garden beds? A slow walk around the garden will help you see your outdoor space as though you’re viewing it for the first time.Outdoor Fix-Ups: Improving Outdoor Lighting
Architectural shades: Overhanging eaves and verandahs that are part of the architecture of a home are an effective way to reduce heat and sunlight. As the sun is lower in winter, light and warmth will still reach beneath the shade structure.
HOW TO USE ITAvailable in a range of materials and in folding and non-folding versions, the Butterfly chair can be used in a variety of settings inside and outside the home. As a porch, patio or deck chairWhen made from synthetic material or canvas, the Butterfly chair looks laid-back and casual – perfect for outdoor lounging, whether it be in the backyard, by the pool, or at a picnic.
PREPARATIONSTEP 3: Do your prepGood preparation is vital to the success of new lawns whether you’re sowing seed, planting grass plugs or laying turf. Start well before it’s time to sow or plant, digging or cultivating the soil with a rotary hoe to about 15cm deep so that it creates the crumbly soil that grass likes. Next remove any stones and weeds. New weeds will keep popping up, so continue weeding for at least three weeks to get rid of the deep-rooted types such as dock and dandelion.