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Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Tips For Growing Rosemary In Your Landscape

by Nicholas Jenkins

If you've been trying to find a plant that will not only look great as part of your landscape, but is aromatic and grows into a vibrant, full plant, rosemary could be the answer for you. The woody stems of this flowering evergreen hedge make it durable. Although rosemary thrives in warm climates, it will tolerate cold with few issues. Here are a few tips to help you add rosemary to your landscape successfully.

Starting Rosemary Seeds

Rosemary germinates slowly, so you should start your seeds several months before the spring thaw. Early winter is a great time to plant seeds because it allows you to produce hardy plants that will flourish throughout the summer.

In addition to germinating slowly, rosemary's germination rate is a bit lower than many other herbs. This means you'll want to have more seeds available than the total number of plants you actually want for the yard. That way, you're allowing for germination failure.

Rosemary seeds need a planting medium that's created from sand, vermiculite or a light potting soil. It needs to drain well so that you don't drown the seeds. Place the seeds on the soil, then sprinkle a thin layer of soil over the top. Add enough water to just moisten the planting soil and set the container somewhere warm.

Cover the top of the container with some plastic wrap to help hold the heat in. When you see the early green growth of the germinated seeds start to poke through the soil, take the plastic off. Keep the growing seedlings somewhere warm with lots of light so the plants can grow.

Transplanting Seedlings

Once the seedlings are several inches high and the mid-spring warmth has warmed the soil outside, you can transplant the seedlings where you'll want them in your landscape. If you plan to keep them through the winter, plant them in large containers so you can move them inside when the weather gets cold.

Caring for Your Plants

Rosemary needs to have full sunlight for most of the day to grow best. Water it regularly and make sure there's plenty of air circulation where you place them. Trim back growth to keep the plant shaped the way you want it, or as you need it for cooking. If you keep the plants through the winter, you'll be rewarded with beautiful blue flowers in the spring growing season.

If you want your landscape to look as great as it smells, planting rosemary is a great way to achieve just that. The flowering that you'll see in subsequent growing seasons creates a delicate, colorful appearance that will brighten up most any landscape.