For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Mar 30

Your Questions About Gardening

Richard asks…

Best product/method for lining a gravel driveway?

I have a gravel driveway, want to keep it, but not the ridiculous amount of weeds that proliferate. I’ve seen products of varying composition that you can lay on the ground to suppress weeds, but don’t know which one might work. I’d like to rake the old gravel out of the way, regrade a bit so water runs away, lay down some sort of fabric, stake it, and recover with additional gravel. However, I need something durable, and preferably something that will let water percolate through rather than run off. Various gardening catalogs have weed suppression fabric, but has anyone tried to do something similar? Any recommendations?

GardenersCardiff answers:

I’ve had a gravel drive way most of my life and I’ve never heard anyone putting plastic or a barrier under their stones. I would think that it would shift the rocks too much. The bottom layer of rocks need to sink into the ground and you need to have several inches of gravel.

Crush and Run is something you should check out. It’s a gravel that compacts itself very well and an excellent base for gravel driveways.

You can also get weed killer and spray it every couple months.

Mark asks…

Ever heard of an Orchard Tree?

It’s a tree made by grafting similar trees together into a single tree. Thus you can have a tree that can produce, say, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Macintosh, and Gala apples. I remember seeing these in gardening catalogs back in the late 80′s/early 90′s. I think they also carried them with plums, apricots, peaches, and nectarines, and also a citrus one with grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, and tangerine.

Has anyone else heard of such trees?

Does anyone have any info about where to acquire one?

GardenersCardiff answers:

They’ve been around for many more years than “late 80′s”

Carol asks…

Where can I find practical information abut marketing a small, at-home business?

I am starting up a new business in catalog sales of gifts, novelties, home decorations, garden decorations. I need practical ideas on how I can get my name out there and start selling. I eventually want to sell online, but must raise the capital through offline sales.

GardenersCardiff answers:

A few free resources – check out the sources box for links:

1) Create a blog pertaining to your field

2) Use Yahoo! Local & Yahoo! Groups – Be sure to read the TOS for each one!

3) Write articles pertaining to your field and/or expertise.

4) Advertise on Craiglist

Also, consider signing up for an affiliate program. These programs enable you to advertise on other’s sites (your affiliates) and once a sale is made to you, your affiliates & the program are paid a commission.

I listed a few handy sites & articles relating to marketing, promotion & advertising. Here are some book titles that are relevant:

* 301 Do-It-Yourself Marketing Ideas: From America’s Most Innovative Small Companies by Sam Decker
* Off The Wall Marketing Ideas: Jumpstart Your Sales without Busting Your Budget by Nancy Michaels, Debbi J. Karpowicz
* Guerrilla Marketing for Free: Dozens of No-Cost Tactics to Promote Your Business and Energize Your Profits by Jay Conrad Levinson
* Entrepreneur Magazine’s Ultimate Small Business Marketing Guide: Over 1500 Great Marketing Tricks That Will Drive Your Business Through the Roof by James Stephenson

Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!

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