How to Clean Outdoor Topiaries


How dirty will artificial plants get, and how do we clean them? This is a point of concern with all users of artificial shrubbery. It is also one of our chief concerns.

Commercial users of artificial shrubbery are noted for being good gardeners, and pay little attention to care of shrubbery, once it is installed. Let’s look at the problem. In service station environments and other areas close to traffic, a film of dirt composed mostly of soil dust and rubber dust from tire treads, oily scum, etc. tends to settle on plants.

Regular frequent washings would keep the plants looking fresh and clean.

An important feature which prohibits dirt build-up our plants are the leaf structure. The surface of the leaves is smooth and waxy. Hardly anything will stick to polyethenes of this type. In normal climates, natural rainfall will keep the plant reasonably clean.

Oil scrums are easily cut from Polyblend by using a water hose with a metering jar of liquid detergent attached.  One of the inexpensive jars sold for applying insecticides will do.

Place the topiary in a place that gets a lot of shade. Make sure that the plant is in a place that has a steady daytime temperature of 60 to 75 degrees. Hydrate the topiarys when the top 1 inch of soil dries out. Pour water directly into the soil at the plant’s base. Make it so that the soil moist, but not overly so.
Mist the leaves once or twice a week with lukewarm water from a spray bottle. This will help raise the humidity levels. Spray the leaves right up until water starts dripping off the leaves. It is also a good idea to do this in the morning hours to give the water time to evaporate, which will help prevent fungal diseases.
Also, make sure to fertilize your topiary plant with a 10-10-10 water-soluble fertilizer every other month. Combine the fertilizer at the ratio of .5 teaspoon per 1 gallon of water. Apply the fertilizer in place of watering. Cut back vigorous stems emerging from the top and bottom of the topiary. Snip the stems with some pruning shears, one-quarter inch above the leaf nearest the form. Also, don’t fogey to snip off the weak, broken, dying or diseased stems at their bases, then pull them out of the topiary. Make sure that their is no webbing or tiny spots on the ivy’s leaves. These are signs of a spider mite problem. Clean the webbing off of the affected leaves with warm water. Douse the leaves with insecticide to get rid of the spider mites. It is important to put the topiary in a larger pot once it has outgrown its current pot. Fill the new pot with one-third full of potting soil and remove the topiary from its current container. Tenderize the bottom of the root ball gently to spread the roots outward and put the plant in the middle of the new container. Now fill the pot to the top with soil, patting it down around the roots. Make sure to hydrate the plant thoroughly afterwards.


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How to Landscape an Outdoor Topiary Garden & Topiary Hints


All plastics gradually degrade in sunlight. The ultra-violet wavelengths are the culprit. This U.V light penetrates the plastic material and excites the chemicals bonds holding the molecular segment of the polymer together, causing them to chemically change and the polymer bonds tend to break over time with exposure to sunlight.

The end result of this process is complete breakdown of the polymer, but the process is gradual. The plastics will craze and crack and get stiff, and in the case of PVC will discolor.

The chemical bonds in the various types of plastics vary in strength and resistant U.V degradation.

HOW LONG WILL OUR POLYBLEND TOPIARIES LAST?

That really depends upon what part of the country you are located, the number of days of sun, where the plant. Under severe U.V. conditions plants in the Deep South and Southwest in sunny and hot climates have remained intact for three to five years. In the Northern climates where the U.V is less intense, our outdoor trees and plants are lasting seven years and more. There are many installations in the North that look fine after ten years of service.

Of the plastics used in foliages, the poorest is the ordinary imported polyethylene. Next better is the cast vinyl, next is the vinyl used in the bottle-brush shrubbery, and the next is our Polyblend.

Polyblend is a polyethylene blend, but it is a high quality industrial grade material to which have been added several other ingredients to prevent U.V from having effect on resin.

Our Polyblend shrubbery exhibits outstanding resistant to chemical degradation by the sunlight. In a very rugged test we ran on this material in the laboratory, average polyethylene breaks down in from 200 to 500 hours exposure. Our Polyblend material has gone 4,162 hours without noticeable change.

All plastics regardless of pigmentation will experience some color change either in the pigments or the resin, on aging. The change in our topiaries or plants will be very slow and not extreme enough to in any way impair the aesthetic value of the installation.

CONSTRUCTION FOR POLYBLEND OUTDOOR ARTIFICIAL TOPIARY

A characteristic of artificial shrubbery which has a great deal to do with its holding up under weathering is its physical construction. The shrubbery must withstand snow and ice loads, and high winds, without damage.

The ordinary indoor polyethylene’s are nearly all assembled in small segments stacked on relatively weak center rods or tubes. They are not designed to be put out in the weather, and are subject to serious damage.

Silk type plants are just too fragile for exposure to the elements.

Our outdoor topiary are made a new technology which allows almost all the plants to be made with stalk, branches, and twigs molded into one integral unit, with heavy reinforcing wire in all branches running into a buddle of wires in the stem.

The result is very strong, flexible plant which will hold it natural shape in most weather conditions. (See photograph 12)

The leaves on our plants are snapped onto detents on each twig, which will hold the leaves securely in place. No known winds, ice loads, or hail have knocked off our leaves.

 


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HOW TO LANDSCAPE AN OUTDOOR TOPIARY GARDEN & LANDSCAPING HINTS


Our Polyblend topiaries can be easily and quickly installed for outdoors. By following our helpful suggestions below, your topiary plants and trees can be permanently anchored and secured against the forces of nature and man.

A useful design tip is to make your topiary garden both neat and random. For example, one could line several topiary plants in a straight line, and subtle vary the size and shape of some of the plants. A little bit of variation is always appreciated. Of course, there are so many ways of designing your outdoor topiary garden. One thing to keep in mind is that many of these plants cannot handle extreme cold. It is best to plant them after the snow melts. When you are planting a topiary outside, make sure to dig a substantial hole and give it plenty of water so that its roots don’t go into shock.

METHOD #1:

Layout landscape design ahead of time, and dig holes where plants will be located. Each hole should be sized according to:

a)     The size of the plant- larger plants placed into larger holes.

b)    Will wind conditions be an important factor? If so, a larger hole and more cement are necessary.

c)     Is landscaping area a high theft location? If so, a larger hole and more cement are necessary.

The bigger the holes, the more cement which can be used to insure proper anchoring (see photograph 1).

METHOD 2:

To landscape areas completely covered the cement or asphalt, or to redesign an existing artificial landscape which was totally cemented in-similar to method 3, no excavating is needed.

1). Using a hack-saw or large bolt cutter, cut off the old plant stem (which you want to replace) right above the cement.

2). If railroad are ties are not already bordering area-place ties around the perimeter of the bed.

3) Punch or drill holes into asphalt where the new plants will be located.

4) Insert stem into the hole and add a mould of cement around the base of the plant.

5) Fill in area with gravel or dirt until the cement mounds holding plant in plant place are covered.

6) Add on top of the fill your decorative ground cover. (See picture below)

LANDSCAPING HINTS

You do not have to be a landscape architect to lay out a coherent, well-balanced landscape. Using the examples provided in this manual and a little imagination, an aesthetic, economical arrangement could be planned with minimal effort.

Taking into account:

1) What plants are indigenous to your area of the country?

2) Your budgetary constraints?

3) The amount (if any) of “accent material” you would to use supplement the plants and trees.

 LANDSCAPING HINTS FOR OUTDOOR TOPIAIRES

ACCENT MATERIAL: consists of Ground Cover (mulch, woodchips, stones, bark, or decorative rock). Railroad ties (for borders).  Boulders  (or other large rocks), and various.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

1)    Try to maintain a coherent, effective design.

2)    Climate/Location (use plants indigenous to area).

3)    Your budgetary constraint

 


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The Advantages Of Using Artificial Topiary Trees


Decorating your home with potted plants is a great idea because it livens up the
room. The only problem is that decorating your home with real plants a
commitment and a green finger to keep them alive.

Why a Green Finger is Needed?

1) Real live plants may look good but you need to give it a lot of attention
so that they stay that way.

2) You need to water them on a regular basis and take them outside for some sunshine from time to time.

3) You also need to make sure that the temperature is just right for the plants.

4) When you neglect the plants then they will surely wilt and die. Bad idea if travel alot.

5) You cannot just put the live potted plants in one corner and forget about them.

If you want to make your home look more beautiful with plants but do not have the
time to care for them then your best option is artificial topiary trees or faux topiary that looks real.
Artificial topiary look very real, so they can really add to the beauty to your
home without the non sense. They look like the real thing but they do not need any attention or care at all.
You can just place the artificial topiary in any part of your home and then forget about
them. There is no need to water them. You can also place them anywhere in the house
because they do not require any sunlight at all. They are not like real plants that you
have to place them near windows or open areas so that they get enough sunlight.

If you are going on a vacation and you have real plants inside the home then you have
to worry about asking someone to come to your home and water the plants for you so
that they do not dry up and die while you are away. If you use artificial topiary trees
then you can go on an extended vacation without having to worry about your plants.
When you return they will still look as beautiful as ever.

Using real plants inside the home can also cause problems if one of your family
members or guests has allergies to pollen. If the plants have flowers then they can
really trigger the allergies. If you use artificial plants then you do not have to worry
that someone might have an allergic reaction while visiting your home.


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Terracotta Pots and Topiaries


The popularity of terracotta can be identified in seventh century when they were supposed to be used as architectural material. At that time temples and other holy places were decorated with different attractive features of terracotta. Later it was used in the decoration of different buildings especially in Italy and Germany. In the starting of a new era it gained importance as an architectural and sculptural material. This architectural work started in Italy and spread to the other parts of the world.
“Terra” meaning mud, a word derived from Latin language. Remains have proved that this art is thousands of years old and was a part of lives of people.

Today it is made by selecting good quality clay which is then mixed up with water and other ingredients. Molding is done by hands and then placed in a furnace for baking.
Terracotta is a very resourceful material and the pots made by it look beautiful wherever we want to adjust them.

Terracotta pots are used for both indoor and outdoor purposes. Terracotta pots are available nowadays in different sizes and shapes give a beautiful look to your garden either small or large.

Coming towards one of the worlds beautiful plant topiary which is used for both interior and exterior decoration of home. These plants give you a feeling of peace, relaxation and boost the natural beauty of your home, garden and office. Royal families used these plants mostly at their places so eventually using topiary plants will give you a feeling of royal atmosphere. Just like terracotta pots, topiary plants are also available in different sizes and shapes so that you can the chose best one for your home.
Using terracotta pots for your topiary plants and trees will provide you different benefits over other types of pots and containers. Your plant will grow more and feel happy due to larger consumption of water which is not possible in any other container either plastic or fiberglass. You can use soil of any quality you want; terracotta pots will support that soil for the growth of your plant. In other containers you have to use specific type of soil which can be expensive as well. In windy conditions these pots are the best to support your topiary plant which plastic containers can’t do.

Topiary plants in terracotta pots will give your home a better look than other decorations pieces. You can feel free to welcome you friends and guests; your topiary plant will give a look of decoration with feeling of peace.


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Terracotta Pots and Topiaries Are a Nice Set to Add to Any Decor


Explore the largest online collection of high end terracotta pots for your outdoor trees or plants or topiaries!

Our terracotta pots are carefully selected materials (real composite stone)
help us to achieve the highest standard of detail, and engineered with synthetic fibers for
guarantee weather and frost proof durability year around. Every terracotta planter
we produce is made by English craftsman to the highest standards and are carefully
packed and transported to any destination.

Terracotta Pots & Outdoor Terracotta Planters

Terracotta is a term used to describe objects as made from clay. The word “terracotta” means burnt earth. Terracotta was notably popular in Ancient Greece. It was used to sculpt anything, from busses of notable citizens to pots for plants. Topiary plants really look great in these terra-cotta pots.

You can even put your topiary animal forms or artificial topiary plants in them. These terracotta pots can also work really well inside. You can also put them at entrances and exits to sort of highlight the entry-points. Some people will put these pots around in their garden. you can arrange them into neat geometric shapes, or place them randomly throughout the yard. There really is no wrong way of making your garden a little more beautiful.


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8 Reasons to Buy Topiary Trees & Plants


Be Informed, Learn the Basic Reasons Why Everyone Loves Artifical Topiary Trees

Beyond such practical uses topiary is just plain fun. One can highlight a stone pinnacle by surrounding them with topiaries of the same shape. A topiary squirrel and an owl can be perched in a peaceful corner off a garden, and a topiary cottage can adorn a pony trough in the stable yard.
Topiaries are formations that a someone gardening can add to their garden. They can be permanent or temporary structures. Some topiaries are in animal shapes and close to the animal size (some bigger, some smaller), but topiaries can come in any shape or size.   Taking care of topiaries is quite simple if you keep up with it at least once a week. The formation needs to be watered every day. A trim may be required throughout the growing season. If vines are used, hair clips can pin into place all of the new growth. Liquid fertilizer is best to lessen burns to plants.

1) No watering means not having to worry about drainage issues and getting water all over the place in the process.

2) Artificial topiary trees retain a constant color and liveliness as long as they are kept out of direct sunlight.

3) Some (mininal) fading will occur over the years, but you will never have to worry about the leaves turning brown or withering.

4) Having plants in a room or office makes the space feel more lived in and comfortable than just a plain room with no décor.

5) Artificial trees are so natural looking that it’s tempting to touch them to find out if they are real or not.

6) Cleaning and care of artificial topiary trees is fairly simple. Keep the leaves and stems dusted; wipe down the base with a damp cloth. Leaves can be sprayed with a homemade mild soap solution. Keeping the plant away from direct sunlight will delay fading.

7) Interior decorating can be enhanced with the proper placement of artificial trees and plants. Using topiaries can make a plain space feel more welcoming and comforting

8) Topiaries are alergy FREE! HEY


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How To Create a Topiary Wall?


A topiary wall is a really great way to open up your yard. It is a fun addition to any wall, and it is actually quite simple to achieve a simple and modern look in a few hours of work. Probably the easiest way to achieve the topiary wall look is to buy a wall mat that has topiary plants growing out of it. You can buy a topiary wall mat at almost any home improvement store. In addition, there are also topiary animal forms that you can buy for your wall. These adorable decorations might be able to spice up your topiary wall decorations.

By incorporating geometric shapes into your yard, you are giving it more dynamics. Some spheres and cubes can make a bland backyard look stunning when done by experts. When you have a garden shed in the middle of your yard, you could have the walls covered with fresh topiary and make the structure fade into the foliage. You could also experiment covering the stairs with some plants and adding some small stones to make it look more natural.

You would need 4 to 5 dozen to cover a 6 foot by 8 foot tall wall.

Topiary Wall Matt

Topiary Wall Matt

PP4036WMT
Topiary Wall Matt to Cover a Standing Wall

Topiary Wall Matt to Cover a Standing Wall

PP4036MT
Topiary Wall Matt to Cover a Wall

Topiary Wall Matt to Cover a Wall

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WATERING:

Most plants prefer to be kept evenly moist, but not
soaking wet.  Ivy, Olives, Euonymus and the Herbs prefer to dry
slightly before being watered.  Feel the soil often to determine
when to water.  Carefully pour water on the surface of the soil
until some drains out the bottom.  Do not allow any plant to
stand in water.

LIGHT:

Most plants require a fair bit of light when placed indoors.
Note that placement directly in a west or south facing window can
be too much light and heat for most plants and will require very
frequent watering.  Filtered light from these windows is perfect,
however, as is placement in a north or east facing window.  If no
natural light is available, artificial light no further than one foot
away is fine, as long as it is on at least eight hours a day. During
the summer, placement of your plants in a shaded outdoor porch
or patio is very beneficial as long as no direct afternoon sun is
received.

FERTILIZER:

Fertilize perhaps monthly while the plant is actively
growing following the manufacturer’s instructions.  Don’t fertilize
a stressed plant as this will further stress the plant’s roots.
PESTS: Actively monitor your plants for signs of insects or
disease.  If caught early, most pests can be removed by simply
squishing, rinsing, wiping or minor pruning.  The best preventive
measure is to rinse the entire plant (not the soil) in cool water
weekly.  The act of rinsing or sprinkling the leaves regularly helps
to keep them clean, green and free of insects.  If an infestation
does occur use an appropriate pesticide and follow the
manufacturer’s instructions.

REPOTTING:

Once the plant is root bound, or just perhaps dries
out too quickly to easily maintain, you may repot into a slightly
larger pot, being careful not to over– or under-water the plant.

 


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