Fall in Love with your Yard Year-round
October, 2012 - Issue #96
Add Some Seasonal Warmth
& Style to Your Backyard

Don't spend beautiful fall evenings inside just because it has cooled off a bit - heat things up outside! There are many types of patio heaters to choose from to make outdoor living more comfortable.

Equally impressive in its engineering and durability, the Lava Heater is constructed from stainless steel, aluminum and powder coated metal. It can withstand whatever Mother Nature has in store. Completely self contained and water resistant, the unit will remain lit under virtually any weather condition. The flame is contained in a specially-designed glass tube made from Borosilicate glass that can produce an astounding 41,000 BTU. It is incredibly strong and shatter resistant. Lava Heaters are constructed to project abundant heat while its protective metal screen prevents people from getting hurt.

Outdoor, infrared patio heaters are designed and crafted to bring warmth, comfort and enjoyment to your "al fresco" dining and entertainment events. The clean, efficient and draft-free infrared radiant heat feels just like the sun, warming people and objects while not wasting valuable energy trying to heat air. One example of this type of heater is the Patio Comfort Heater. It uses a standard five-gallon propane cylinder with approved over-fill protection device. All Patio Comfort heaters are easy to move with their standard portable wheel kits.

If you are looking for a wall-mounted heater, you may want to consider the gas-free Infratech's Comfort Heat line. It uses infrared energy to efficiently provide heat with pinpoint accuracy virtually anywhere it's desired. And, Infratube is completely safe, emitting only warm radiant energy. Infratube Comfort Heat combines maximum efficiency, easier installation, lower cost and higher ROI to provide you the ultimate outdoor/indoor heating solution. Infratube W-Series Heaters are permanently mounted out of the reach of children and pets. Since there are no open flames, the clearance requirements for mounting the Infratube are minimal compared to gas radiant heaters. For more information on quality patio heaters, contact the experts at Oasis Garden & Patio.

Plant Low-maintenance
Bulbs Now for Spring Color

The arrival of autumn signals the beginning of flower bulb planting season. Tulips, Daffodils, Narcissus, Freesias, Hyacinths and many other spring blooming bulbs should be planted now. A little time spent in the garden this month will ensure a wealth of color in the spring.

Few plants are easier to care for than bulbs. To get bulbs established, dig a small hole, sprinkle some bulb food or bone meal in the hole, drop in the bulb and cover with rich soil. It is not necessary to do much else. A blanket of cool season annuals such as Pansies, Violas, or Alyssum planted above the bulbs will give color to the garden until the bulbs germinate and grow through the covering in the spring. Winter rains will water the dormant bulbs sufficiently, and additional water is only necessary after the plants are growing in the spring. Bulbs will grow and bloom in almost any sunny location in your garden.

In addition to spring color, many bulbs will fill the garden with fragrance. Freesias are one of the most fragrant bulbs, and will bloom for weeks on end, year after year. Freesias bloom in shades of white, pink, red, salmon, purple and blue. Narcissus are another fragrant flowering bulb and blossom in shades of white and yellow. Fragrant Hyacinths bloom in shades of blue, yellow, white, purple and pink.

When the bulbs have completed their bloom cycle, the foliage should be left to die back naturally on the plant. The foliage manufactures nutrients which are then stored in the bulb for next year's bloom. After the foliage dies, the bulb returns to dormancy and disappears underground until the next spring.

Most bulbs multiply in number and may naturalize after several years. Twelve Daffodils planted this year will yield 24 plants next year. In two years, 36 plants will be blooming where the first 12 were planted! Beautiful bulbs - and plenty of expertise - are available at Green Thumb. 259-1072
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