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Top tips for keeping indoor plants healthy

When it comes to taking care of your indoor plants, it’s safe to say they need just as much care and attention as the ones that that live outside. Regular feeding, watering and sunlight are standard methods of maintaining plants, but what is it about indoor plants that you should specifically adhere to?

If you would like to learn how to look after your indoor plants then continue reading and follow these top tips.

Top tips for keeping indoor plants healthy | UK Lifestyle Blog

Choose the right plants for you

Every plant needs a different kind of care, so be sure to buy the plants that fit well with your lifestyle and circumstances – not to mention your surroundings. It wouldn’t be worth trying to grow a rose, which requires six hours of full sun, on a porch that is only likely to get an hour of sun at the most. Do your homework and work out what plants are going to thrive best in your home.

Expose your plants to light

All plants need light in order to grow, and indoor plants are no exception. A window, therefore, is an ideal place for your indoor plants to sit so they can be exposed to as much natural light as possible. Failing that, you can also invest in an indoor grow light to sit next to your plant if needs be. Just be sure to place your plant in a tray or dish when next to a window so they can catch the drips from watering and condensation.

Water when needed

Water is another essential element in order for plants to be healthy and continue to grow. However not too much or too little, as the effect will then be reversed. Larger plants in bigger pots need watering less often than plants in very small pots, as these tend to dry out every couple of days.

It’s worth doing a little research when it comes to watering your plants to make sure you are giving your plants the correct amount. For example, a cactus needs less water than a plant with broad leaves.

Keep an eye on pests

It’s true that even indoor plants can attract insects and pests, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t techniques for combatting this issue.

Plants with thin leaves tend to attract spider mites, whilst others can receive a visit from mealybugs and fruit flies. If you learn how to identify these pests and the correct ways in order to treat them, it will make your job a lot easier. If there is a specific bug or pest you are unsure you, you can ask your local garden centre or browse online for handy ways to rid pests and mites.

Choose a nice pot for your plants

Indoor plants are a part of your interior decor, so choose a pot that is going to match your furnishings. Not only this but ensure, as previously mentioned, that you place a tray underneath your pot or planter with about an inch of aquarium gravel in it. Once you water the plant, the water will evaporate around the plant making the surrounding air a little more humid – and this is especially advantageous in winter.

However, it’s important that you don’t let the water touch the bottom of the plant, because doing so can make result in your plant’s roots rotting and even dying. When you water, wipe up any spills quickly so that the condensation underneath your tray doesn’t damage wood or painted surfaces.

Choose the right potting mix

A common mistake often made in gardening is what soil to use for your indoor plants. If you are planting seedlings, it’s vital you don’t use soil from your garden because it can contain weed seeds, insects and fungal diseases.

It is much more useful to choose potting soil from your local garden centre, as it’s a looser and lighter mixture. Certain plants may require a specific type of mixture so be sure to buy the correct one.

Deadhead your plants when necessary

Deadheading, otherwise known as pinching or cutting off faded blooms, is an essential part of indoor plant maintenance. It’s a great way to encourage a plant to keep producing more flowers once the old parts have been removed.

Some plants, however, are far too small in terms of stems and flowers and would therefore be too time-consuming to snip off every individual flower head, which is why it’s best to shear the plant as a whole to about a third of its size. A week after doing this process, you will be greeted with a flush of new buds and blossoming blooms.

If you perhaps don’t have the time to do this process you can always opt for plants that are ‘self-cleaning’ meaning they don’t tend to need deadheading or shearing. These are usually bloomers that are covered in relatively small flowers that tend to shrivel up and disappear on their own. Some examples are mini petunias and browallia plants.

Having indoor plants can really make a difference to the overall look and feel of your home, and are great centerpieces for entertaining guests or simply making a room look finished. They can be incredibly welcoming and have the ability to give your house a fresh and floral vibe no matter what the season may be.

There are many more tips to follow when it comes to taking care of your indoor plants, but we think these are a great starting point to get yourself on the right foot to successful plant maintenance.

In addition, if you are looking for ways to rid pests, as mentioned in this post, and you need some help, why not see what Nemasys have to offer? With a range of products including Vine Weevil Killer and No Ants, you will be well on your way to having beautiful, fresh and healthy indoor plants.

2018-01-08T03:34:12+00:00 October 29, 2015|Home Decor|

5 tips for improving your blog posts

Creating a quality blog post in the world dominated by social media quickies requires something extra beyond good content. Five or 10 years ago, writing any article that had the right keywords would rank your site higher in the search engines and attract readers as well. While good search engine optimization practices are still necessary, people want more if they are going to return to your site again and again.

5 tips for improving your blog posts | UK Lifestyle Blog

Use keywords

Keyword stuffing is as out of date and unattractive as plaid polyester bellbottoms. Don’t even think about percentages when you are writing a blog post. Of course, you should still focus on a keyword phrase or two, but they need to be included naturally in an informative article.

Give the reader something new

No matter what niche or topic you are involved in, there are hundreds of thousands of other websites on the web that probably give the same basic information as you do. Any person interested in your niche has probably found all the general information already. Go out on a limb, get current and deliver something surprising.

Entertainment is as important as information

Even the driest subject can be spiced up with an anecdote or humor. Unless your blog niche tends towards the ridiculous, this can be subtle. Readers like a story. It is what convinces them to come back and read more another day. An excellent way to make blog posts extra sticky is to introduce a series that extends the entertainment for a longer period of time.

Build relationships with your blog

Despite the downward trend in blogging overall, there are still many people who follow favorite bloggers and get quick information from the posts. If you want your blog to be that kind of resource, your posts need to have a personal touch.

This is what makes social media so popular these days. The public wants to feel connected with company they may buy from or someone they consider a teacher or news source. How do you build a relationship with a simple blog post? Say something about yourself. Ask questions about your readers.

Use all the current tools

Now that almost half of all the internet usage is done on smart phones and tablets, blog posts need to be mobile friendly, quick to load and eye-catching. Video blogging, or vlogging, is one way to engage site visitors more. Options are ideal. This way the log fan can read quietly on the train to work, watch a video on their lunch hour or plug-in to an audio post at home on the couch. The best blog posts intermingle with social media with the use of site plug-ins and external tools.

Today is blogging landscape is much different than it was a decade ago. Some sources say that blogging is obsolete, but many others insist it is still a viable strategy for building a community and making money. The ability to create an engaging blog post is as necessary to this business model as it has ever been. The methods may have changed, but the importance hasn’t.

2018-01-08T03:34:12+00:00 October 29, 2015|Blogging Tips|

Easy Ways to Brighten Up Your Home’s Exterior

How does your home look from the outside? It’s something that’s easy to forget about because most people are more focused on the interiors. But here’s how you can brighten up your home’s exterior.

Paint the Garage

Your garage is probably one of the first things that people will see when they arrive at your home. So, it’s vital to think about how it looks. If the paint of the garage door is starting to flake away and look dull or tired, you should think about repainting it.

This will instantly make the garage look nicer, and make the whole area around your home feel renewed and more alive. It’s a simple change, but you’ll be surprised at the effect it has on the overall appearance of your home’s exterior.

Consider a Fence

A light, low fence around the property and the front garden can make a big difference to how the property looks from the outside. Don’t put up a big, looming fence because that just looks oppressive and over the top. Instead, install a white picket fence that adds a little depth to the front garden and doesn’t dominate the exterior of the home too much.

Fences are very cheap to buy as well, and then all you need to buy is some paint to help brighten the fence up a little before installing it.

Add Flowers to the Lawn

If your front garden is dominated by the lawn, you should definitely consider digging up a part of it and adding some flowers. You don’t have to get rid of the lawn, but a combination of lawn and flowers is always the best option. This adds some more colour and vibrancy to the lawn.

A lawn by itself would appear too bland and generic. Make sure you pick flowers that compliment one another and stay vibrant throughout the year. You’ll also have to care for them, water them and prune them to keep them in good condition.

Change the Front Door

Your front door is one of the most important parts of your home’s exterior. If your door is tired and damaged, it will make your whole home look the same way, and that’s not what you want. So, if you haven’t had your door replaced with a new one for years or even decades, it’s time that you found a new door. There are so many great modern doors that look good and offer a greater level of security. You can find UPVC doors online, so have a look at what’s on offer.

Build a Path

If you don’t have a clear path that runs through your front garden and up to your front door, you should think about building one. This is pretty simple to do. You could create a gravel path or paved path that cuts through the garden.

Or you could simply add some small stepping stones on the lawn if you don’t want to do too much DIY work. Alternatively, you could hire a company to design a path and turn it into reality for you. This is obviously more costly, but it creates the best result.

2018-01-08T03:34:12+00:00 October 29, 2015|Home Decor|
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