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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Artificial Grass History

In the 1950’s the Ford Foundation realized that the urban people were not as physically fit as their rural counterparts and wanted to improve their fitness levels. A subsidiary of the Monsanto Industries, the Chemstrand Company made a synthetic fiber that was used in carpets. These carpets were used in schools. This was a joint venture of Monsanto industries and the Ford Foundation’s Educational Facilities Laboratory, whose head was Dr. Harold Gores. Dr. Gores suggested that the company Chemstrand make artificial playing fields.

In the 1960’s Monsanto Industries made a nylon fiber that was filled in carpets. This came to be known as ‘Astroturf’ and has since been used in playing fields. The research wing of Chemstrand did a lot of research on the artificial turf’ to test its cushioning effect, effect of weather, drainage, wear and tear and flammability. The first installation of artificial grass was at Moses Brown School at Providence, Rhode Island in the year 1964. It was called ‘Chemgrass’.

In 1965 Astrodome is built at Houston, Texas by Judge Roy Hofheins. He consults with Monsanto Industries about replacing natural grass with artificial grass. In 1966 the Astro’s baseball season starts on ‘Chemgrass’ the artificial grass which was now named ‘Astroturf’ at Astrodome. The same year The Houston Oilers’ play football on ‘Astroturf’ at Astrodome. In 1967, Indiana State University at Terre Haute, Indiana becomes the first outdoor stadium to have ‘Astroturf’.

James M. Faria and Robert T. Wright of Monsanto Industries co invented ‘Asroturf’. They applied for the patent on 25th December 1965 and got in on 25th July 1967.

In the 1970’s the artificial turf was mainly made of polypropylene. They were sand filled carpets. These had lower pile density than the original ones made by ‘Astroturf’.

In the 1986 the Astroturf Industry Inc. was formed. Nylon carpets were used for field hockey and American football. Sand filled turf was used for recreational and other sports activities. Shockpads wee introduced to reduce injuries. Even then, the turf was too fast and too harsh for any type of sports involving contact.

The 1990’s saw the new type of artificial grass. This had long nylon fibers for grass and was filled wither with sand or rubber granules. This allowed for more air circulation, more cooling and less impact on falling. This is called the 3rd generation of Artificial Turf.

Soccer, rugby and hockey have always been played on natural grass. Other alternatives have been thought of such as clay and sand. Artificial turf has developed greatly over the years. In the last few years there have been many improvements and it has been used in many playing fields. The best part of it is that it can be used 24/7 without there being any change in the players performance.

The earlier versions were not too good to look at and were not that safe. Today with a lot of research done on it, it is liked for a variety of reasons. It is good to look at throughout the year. It is easy to maintain. It is environment friendly and does not need watering. It is safe as a playing area. The whole family including the children, the elders and the pets love it.

It can be used in the front of the house as a lawn, or in the backyard. It can be used in the kennel or pet area. It is great to use it in schools and playing fields. With it having many advantages over natural grass, it is definitely good to use it.

 

Indoor Gardening Choices

While specific aeroponics or hydroponics supplies are needed to get started, it is important to understand how each form of gardening works before shopping for equipment.

Aeroponics is the only form of plant cultivation that does not involve a growing medium. Roots are left exposed to misted air that is rich in nutrients. Plants are grown in a totally or partially closed environment, such as an aeroponics cloner (used to propagate from cuttings) to contain this mist. Some believe that delivering nutrients to this manner brings greater amounts of oxygen to the roots which in turn better stimulates growth. Additionally, it is believed that plants are less susceptible to disease when cultivated in such a closed environment.

Gardening with hydroponics systems, on the other hand, involves using a mineral rich solution for growing medium. Some hydroponic grow systems feature the growing solution alone, while others may include an inert medium such as gravel or perlite as well. In either case, nutrients are absorbed by the roots from the growing solution. Neither soil nor a medium is required by hydroponics systems as the roots can conduct everything needed by the plant directly from the growing solution.

Getting started

To begin gardening with either technique, it is important to have all the necessary aeroponics or hydroponics supplies on hand. To ensure nothing is missing, purchasing a complete assembly is a wise decision.

There are many different types of hydroponics grow systems, such as wick, ebb and flow, drip, nutrient film technique and deep water culture system. While there are operational differences between these hydroponics systems, they share similar components. A growing tray or basket and air pump are all used in some manner. In some hydroponics systems, the liquid reservoir is contained within the growing tray, but in other models it is a separate component.

It’s important to remember that once you have all the hydroponics supplies in place, your indoor garden will still need a lighting assembly to create the ideal environment.

 

Why Garden Fencing is Installed?

People install garden fencing for a variety of reasons. The most common purpose of the standard garden fence is to clearly mark the boundaries of the property, but can also be used cleverly to break up the outdoor space into smaller parts, perhaps depending on what the different areas of the garden will be used for, potentially making it easier to maintain.

Many people prefer to plant trees of different types separately. You can install fencing to keep your Agapanthus well separated from Amaryllis and Lilly. Distinct areas for different flowers and trees look great.

If you plan to place a garden table with chairs, a swing, aquarium and/or fountain in the lawn, why not discuss this with the fencing product supplier and ask for their suggestions. Garden fencing can be designed specifically for the needs of the users. Custom fence panels and fence posts can be used together to form an attractive fencing surround for your garden or lawn.

You can choose the fencing material that goes best with your garden furniture, patio awning, deck furniture and the exterior of your home. Most people prefer using wood as the garden fencing material.

Wood garden fencing:

Wooden fence panels, fence posts and garden gates assign a natural look to your garden.

Post and rails, wire netting, chainlink, hurdles, timber palisade, chestnut paling, closeboard, closeboard panels, and lap panels are other common types of garden fencing that are available.

Bamboo fencing:

Bamboo is also often used for garden fencing and screening as well as landscaping. Bamboo fence panels and posts look attractive and are available in a wide range of designs, colors, styles and textures.

Border edging:

Wire netting, post and rails, chainlink and different types of mesh are commonly used for border edging. Wire garden fences or mesh are helpful to outline curvy and rounded borders of your garden and they are also quite attractive too when done properly.

Net, wire or mesh can also be used to protect a newly planted tree from animal or bird attacks. Planters or recently planted trees are often surrounded with wires or nets in the middle of the garden for this purpose.