Category: Gardening


3 Pool Cleaning Tips You Need To Try

With summers around the corner, people are gearing up for pool parties, lounging and soaking up the sun by the poolside, and for laps swimming workouts with friends. And with the pool being the main venue, it requires regular essential maintenance. And if you feel it is a cumbersome job, imagine having a party with greenish murky water, algae, slime, and broken filters of the pool? Of course not.  So, for sparkly, pristine waters, your pool requires regular upkeep. And we are here with 3 pool cleaning tips that you must try but before that have some understanding of the basic parts of your swimming pool so you know how the cleaning would work.

Your swimming pool has pool water, a liner or the interior wall, a filter system, and a system of returns and skimmers.

Cleaning The Pool Water & Pool Floor

When pool cleaning is not part of your routine, the pool water is contaminated with debris and pollutants which may require you to have expensive hardware repairs in time that could be the result of corrosion due to the build-up of inorganic material in the pool water. To save yourself from the hassle, buy a leaf skimmer net and attach it to the telescopic pole. It will remove the debris from the pool water. With the pool brush, you can clean the steps, ladders, and sides of the pool. For the pool floor, use automatic or manual vacuums.

Cleaning The Liner Of The Pool

The interior wall of the pool is in continuous touch with the pool water and everything it has in it. And like anything that is in close contact with water, the liner develops mold, debris, algae, and fungus from the debris in the pool water. To clean the liner, use a stiff brush if it has concrete walls, a soft one on the fiberglass or vinyl pool liners. Use a pool vacuum hose to vacuum away the debris attached to the walls. In the end, scrub the walls with chlorine liquid cleaner and a brush. Scrubbing would clean all the slime and scum from the sidewalls.

Cleaning The Filter And Skimmer & Return System

To clean the pool filter system, you must know which filter you are dealing with. There are three common types, sand, cartridge, and D.E filters. To clean a sand pool filter, start with backwashing and then slowly put the filter in the skimmer. Continue it for 5 minutes, and turn on the pump. For a cartridge filter, use a spray nozzle on pleats or dip it in filter cleaner.  Backwash the D.E filter and remove the air. Shower it with a garden hose. Clean the grids and use a lubricant for its O-ring. Next comes the skimmer system. All you have to do is to uncover the skimmer lid, pull out the basket and discard the scrap. Replace the skimmer cover and it’s good as new. If it is more spoiled than this, clean it with a multi-purpose spray.

If you have deemed your pool maintenance as an add-on for a long period of time, there is a possibility that it may have developed serious problems. In that case, it’s better to take help from the manufacturer’s manual or hire expert pool cleaning services Sydney. This would undoubtedly cost you money and time but if you keep a pool cleaning and maintenance routine, you will save your precious time and hundreds of extra dollars.

Create An Orchard That Resists The Cold

One of the plants that most of all resist the cold, thanks to its origin from Northern Europe, is the raspberry. A perennial and sarmentose shrub, which is made up of a small stump from which biennial shoots grow and covered with a thin hair, which can also be thorny. The raspberry is a cousin of the apple and pear tree, of which it shares the family, and it really includes many species spread all over the world.

The Raspberry, therefore also suitable for cultivation on a balcony or terrace, grows up to 150 or 200cm in height, and in spring it produces delightful small white-pink flowers, which develop in pyramid-shaped groups. There are also some Raspberries that produce fruit in summer, on branches that are already one year old; others in spring and late summer, although the most typical variety produces fruits especially in late summer and early autumn.

We all know what raspberries are like: sweet and juicy, they are tiny drupes or berries attached around a receptacle, from which they detach very easily. They can be used for the preparation of liqueurs and jams, and its leaves are also very often used in herbal medicine.

It is not known why the two fruits share the same name, since they do not look alike and above all they do not even belong to the same family. The only similarity, perhaps, is in the aroma emanating from the pulp, which is quite similar.

The one that interests us, however, is the lesser known of the two, European medlar which therefore has no particular needs or necessities in Italy, while remaining more suitable for climates such as that of Northern Italy (the summer heat of Central and Southern Italy often he ruins it and makes it bear little fruit). The Germanic medlar really produces a lot of flowers, and for this reason it is very nice to have in the garden, in a sunny area, even as an ornamental tree. Among other things, it produces a lot of fruit even if neglected ( this is not an invitation not to worry about it! ), Bronze-colored fruits, with a rounded shape and more or less large like golf balls, and like them rather hard and compact.

3 Tips For Ecological Gardening

  1. We welcome beneficial insects
    Some insects, such as ladybugs , hoverflies and bees , feed on aphids, parasites that destroy crops. An excellent natural method to keep harmful aphid colonies away is to plant, for example, yellow flowers such as daisies and sunflowers, many loved by ladybugs, or sage , dandelion and marigold also loved by other beneficial insects, and create places where they can find shelter and lay their eggs. It’s about doing a biological battle ! These insects will become our allies against pest invasion!
  2. Welcome, little birds!
    As mentioned for some beneficial insects, birds likewise eat snails , worms , caterpillars, and other plant-destroying pests. Inserting some nests or real birdhouses on the branches of our trees or on structures built ad hoc, is another absolutely biological and, at the same time functional, method to discourage colonies of parasites.
  3. Plant “in pairs”!
    Allocating an area of ​​the garden to an extensive cultivation of one or two species of in order to create a dense area, can be useful to keep pest colonies away. For example, calendula is believed to be one of the most suitable species for this purpose, which has the ability to keep parasites , but also fungi and bacteria away from neighboring crops.