By Chloe Beatrice. Garden. Published at Thursday, September 28th, 2017 - 17:45:25 PM.
The building blocks of a natural pool start with the design and must include an aeration system, phytofiltration, and some tiny cleaners in the form of snails, bottom feeders and fish. An aeration system brings oxygen into the water and can be done with a pump or with a waterfall. In a native pond that has occurred naturally, there is inflow from a stream or other source and outflow to a basin, lake or irrigation ditch. This creates a constant supply of fresh oxygenated water. A situated pond doesn't have these benefits and requires a source to bring the oxygen in for plant and animal health. Without proper aeration the pool will become stagnant, a breeding ground for mosquitoes and any life inside will not maintain health.
You'll only want to take cuttings from trees and plants that are vigorous and healthy. The healthier your trees are, the better they’ll be able to handle your taking cuttings from them and the stronger the cuttings will be. Also, make sure the trees have gone dormant — that is, make sure you're doing this between early autumn and late winter and that all of the leaves have fallen from them.
While giving a gift that requires upkeep can be tricky, a little air plant in a wall-hanging display or container can make a wonderful housewarming present for the person in your life who's moving into a new place during the winter. You can also throw in a spritz bottle to help them keep the plant hydrated and some mechanism — be it a screw for a wall or an ornamental rope for suspending the plant — that allows them to both decorate their new home and create the feeling of lush life in it during a time of year that doesn't see a lot of plant growth.
The late fall is the best time to take cuttings from your dormant deciduous trees and plants. Why? Since these trees tend to go dormant during the winter, it becomes less damaging to take cuttings from them. The best part is, cuttings are a cost-effective way to increase the number of plants in your garden. You can use them to propagate a number of new trees, crops, and flowers, including forsythia, figs, mulberries, pomegranates, grapes, kiwis, roses, and clematis. Whether you’re propagating cuttings to create a garden oasis on your own property or doing so for neighbors, friends, and family, it's important to know how to take cuttings from your trees and plants.
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