Container plants for beginners by Joachim Mayer; Friedrich Strauss; Renate Holzner

By Joachim Mayer; Friedrich Strauss; Renate Holzner

Discusses the care and cultivation of box vegetation protecting such themes as planting, watering, fertilizing, plant choice, and plant arrangements.

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They help to prevent the wear and tear of heavily trafficked areas of ground, and they will also prevent your shoes from getting muddy in the winter. Tip for success Ensure that you lay your stepping stones about 1⁄4in (5mm) below the surface of the lawn so that the grass can be cut without damaging the blades of the lawnmower. Laying stepping stones 49 1 By measuring the length of your stride, calculate how many stepping stones will be needed. Lay them in place on the lawn, and double check the spacing.

4 Finally, fill with a dry mix of mortar, using the same ratio of sand to cement, and brush it between the gaps in the bricks, using a trowel or brush. Wet the mortar by sprinkling water over the bricks using a watering can. 47 48 Embellishing your lawn Laying stepping stones A simple feature to design and create, stepping stones can look very attractive in a lawn. They help to prevent the wear and tear of heavily trafficked areas of ground, and they will also prevent your shoes from getting muddy in the winter.

3 Once the bulbs are planted, roll the turf back into place, ensuring that they are completely covered. Firm the turf down well with the back of a rake, checking that the area is level with the rest of the lawn. Water in well. 4 When the bulbs are in flower, be careful when mowing the lawn around them. Patches of flowering bulbs nestled in unmown grass look attractive when surrounded with a contrasting, neatly mown lawn. 57 58 Embellishing your lawn Planting snowdrops under a tree The delicate, nodding white heads of snowdrops are a heart-warming sight; their flowering is one of the first signs that spring is on its way.

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