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Bamboo Garden

Small Bamboo Garden

Belonging to the Gramineae family, these tall and long, green grass shoots known commonly as bamboo are versatile plants. Bamboo gardening is popular as they can be used as an ingredient of food, fodder for animals, interior and exterior decoration and also for carpentry. The presence of bamboo also creates a sense of zen-like atmosphere within houses and gardens. As per gardening experts, bamboo gardening can be a successful adventure provided you take care of certain things.

Bamboos can grow in regular soil with a good amount of mulch on the top – about four to five inches. Mulch allows bamboos to survive even when the roots freeze. They can be planted any time of the year in moderate climates. If you are living in places that have extreme conditions, as per experts of fine gardening, bamboo gardening is best when you plant them much early before winter. This way the plants will be mature enough to withstand the winter. If you intend on growing a bamboo hedge, spread compost and fertilizer on the entire area. Bamboo garden works best if you stake slender and tall bamboos. This will ensure that they are not uprooted even during strong winds.

Broadly, there are two varieties of bamboos – runners and clumpers. Clumpers can expand but because of their root structure which is limited, they can creep only for a few inches every year. These clumpers are tropical plants so it is best to plant them early before winter. Running bamboos can spread across huge areas owing to their underground rhizomes. This can be a cause of concern, but in the case of runners, should be hassle free if you bury a plastic hedging of about 2 feet around the plant. This is because the rhizomes grow only 2-18 inches deep and therefore, can be limited by this plastic hedging. Ensure there are no cracks in the edging because the rhizomes will find a way to get through these.

Indoor bamboo Garden

An Indoor bamboo Garden

Bamboo garden works best if you expose the bamboo plants to liberal amount of direct sunlight. If you are going to do bamboo gardening indoors, use bamboo plants that are not taller than 20 feet. They can survive indoors. Bamboos also require sufficient watering to yield new culms. However, over watering can also harm the plant.

Bamboo garden also requires regular pruning. Do not be concerned if the leaves turn yellow or drop during the spring season as is in the nature of bamboo plants. However, there should be new bamboo leaves. If your bamboo plant does not have a good ratio of yellow, green and new leaves, it is time to pay attention to your plant. If the leaves get rolled up, either your plant is exposed to a lot of sunlight or it is not being watered properly. If the culms are soft and start rotting, the bamboo plant is getting undernourished. Also, do not let the roots of the plant dry up. This will reduce the chances of the plant surviving.


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Garden design is an important part of home design. The better your garden looks, the more welcoming your house is. There are many benefits of maintaining a garden like contributing in to the environment protection, having a good hobby, creating a healthy atmosphere for your home, and a good place to spend your leisure time. Nowadays more importance is given to the designing of gardens. Garden design includes the type of plantings, positioning of the plants, garden chairs and tables, umbrellas, the walkway, and so on.

Owing to the importance of garden design in home design, many professional agencies are coming up for the purpose. Also there is much software available in the market which actually let you design your garden. This software is more like a planner. It can be used to design your home garden, botanical gardens, or even city parks. You can use it by self without any professional assistance.

By using the garden design software, you can see how your garden will look in the different seasons and over a period of years. You can place the plants at different positions and choose the best look. The positioning of other items in the garden like the chairs, gazebos, statues, etc can be determined with this software. You can even try different colour combinations and choose the best one for your garden. If you already have a garden at home, you can see how to modify it to make it more beautiful and welcoming.

Certain garden design software also gives you tips on how to protect your garden and plants in it from the pests and plant diseases. There are plant encyclopaedia loaded in these products using which, you can choose the best plants for your home, location, and type of garden. Designing multi-level houses, bridges, patios, and fences with plants also is simple with the product. You can put your landscaping ideas in the product and see how it looks in your garden design.

Most garden designer software programs are 3D programs for the effective realization of the design. These programs have inbuilt plant objects, different material textures, and many other objects for garden purposes. Using the Photo Designer tool you can design your garden as you see in a digital photo. There are animated tutorials in the programs which help you to use the program effectively by self. The plant care tips can be seen as animated videos or as text files. The interfaces of these products will be user friendly.

Before you buy garden design software compare the available products. See the differences in the price, the usability, and the features available. If you are using the software to design your very small home garden, not many features may be required. You can choose a relatively less priced program with the required features. But if you are into landscaping business you might require advanced garden design software will all options.

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