Gardening Or Landscaping | gardening

There is Gardening and then there is Landscaping, they both involve planting and the use of outdoor elements; I guess the question would be is it gardening or landscaping? Many people use the word interchangeably but I believe that there are some very distinct differences between. Lets take a look at both and maybe you will then be able to decide.Gardening Or Landscaping
I guess in the grand scheme of things this may not seem that important but to me it does make a big difference. I guess having been a groundskeeper for over 40 years I realize that while I have done both throughout my career that a groundskeeper is more closely related to a gardener that a landscaper is related to a gardener.Gardening
Gardening to me is not just the act of designing and installing gardens it is more like stewardship. A gardener is some one who tends to the plantings nurturing them and watching over them. A gardener is not only concerned about appearance but the underlying things such as soil fertility and how to improve it to optimize the growing conditions and the environment for the plants they are growing.There are many levels of gardening starting with the beginner and progressing all the way up to the Master Gardener the biggest difference between the two is time. A beginner will buy some plants or seed dig a hole and plant them, water them a bit and then wait and hope for the best with luck the beginner will have some success and they will be on their way to becoming a gardener. On the other side of the coin if the plants don’t survive or the seeds don’t grow and the beginner gets frustrated and there hopes of becoming a gardener withers and dies like the ill fated plants and seeds.Once bitten by the gardening bug a beginner will start to research and experiment trying different techniques and formulas all the while gaining experience and knowledge. As with any interest or hobby the more time spent engaged the more expertise will be gained. This of course will not happen overnight but as the years pass the gardener will have gained the expertise to diagnose and solve problems without having to think about it because the vast amount of knowledge they have gained. This is how Master Gardeners become Master Gardeners.Landscaping
When it comes to gardening or landscaping many gardeners can do landscaping but many landscapers can’t garden. Landscaping is more about layout and design then it is about caring and nurturing. When a landscaping project is completed the landscaper is on their way to the next project. The landscaper may come back and replace some plants that died but in general the involvement in the day to day care is left to the gardener.Landscaping relies heavily on function and design more so than upkeep or care. There is a good deal of knowledge required to be a good landscaper aside from plant culture and care. A landscaper deals with site drainage, elevation, and end use of the area. Much of this work entails knowledge of construction materials and practices. Formal training is required to be sure that work meets local and state codes and safety requirements.A gardener who does landscaping will generally draw up a design and work off that to achieve their goals. A landscaper usually will work from a set of plans which outline required specification for materials to be met, as well as exact placement of those materials. In order for the landscaper to successfully complete the project they must be sure the finished project meets all the criteria set out in the plans. So the landscaper must be sure that plants meet the size, shape, and variety when choosing them, and if the plants are not available they can not substitute with out a written change order or they risk not getting paid.So I guess the way to sum up if it is gardening or landscaping is that while both deal with plants and plantings there are many differences in the process and the goals.

Why Are Cheetahs Endangered? | Livestock

Cheetahs are classified as Vulnerable but are likely to move into the Endangered classification very soon.There are six classifications. Each has different criteria such as population size, geographic range and extinction possibilityThe classifications are:Least concern, which means the species are still abundantVulnerable: this means there is a big population decline in the wild and the possibility of extinction within the next 50 yearsEndangered: the population decline is over 50%, their habitat is shrinking and they are losing numbers due to different threats, Such as poaching, lack of space, killed by humansCritically endangered: A population decline of over 80%. A very reduced population that might not be sustainable for breeding and the possibility of extinction in 10 yearsExtinct in Wild: Species only left in captivityExtinct: None of the species survivingCheetahs are endangered as the last census estimated only 7,500 animals left in only 10% of their previous geographical range. This is due to loss of habitat due to the increase of farmlands taking over their areas. New roads, new towns, new industry. With the loss of habitat means loss of prey species. So sometimes the cheetahs will take farm livestock, such as sheep, goats or young cattle.This makes them enemies of many farmers who will shoot them on site. Even although the cheetah may only be passing through these lands. Cheetahs have large home ranges, over 500 to 1500 square kilometers and travel long distances. But as they are diurnal and travel during the morning and evening, farmers are more likely to see the cheetahs. The uninformed farmer will shoot them immediately as a pre-emptive measure.One method informed farmers are using to protect their livestock is by using guard dogs such as Anatolian Shepherd dogs. These dogs remain with their flock and protect them from attacks by predators. The cheetah then has to revert back to wild prey. But with the decline in these numbers the cheetah sits with a predicament.Poaching is a small problem but still a problem. The cheetah is killed for its skin. Although protected and the skins not allowed into many countries these skins are still sold on the black market.Cheetahs do not do well in protected areas as they can become prey to Lions and Hyenas. These two species will kill young animals not able to travel with their mother or take the prey killed by cheetahs. Sometimes killing the adult cheetah. Thus the cheetahs more than likely use unprotected areas and coming into contact with farmers. A cruel cycle.1900 Estimate Range and Number: 100,0002017 Range and Numbers: 7,500Possible Extinction by 2027?Are we too late to save an animal that has taken 4 million years to reach its present form. We can blame its decline on many things but man is ultimately the problem and the solution.