Does the grass look greener when you look to the other side? You might imagine that all your neighbors have some top-secret formula that keeps their grass and garden looking so much better than yours. Creating and maintaining a quality garden doesn’t require secret knowledge. All you need is the proper information on how to correctly care for your plants. Start learning about horticulture by taking in this article.
Sod should be laid properly. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Remove the weeds, then break up the soil into fine tilth. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. Now make sure the soil is thoroughly dampened. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Firm sod until there is an even, flat surface; fill in gaps with soil. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.
Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. Now when you go to work in the garden, you will have a ruler that is large at your fingertips!
Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. These versatile plants can grow over fences to enhance the fence’s appearance. Often, climbers grow quickly, so you’ll get the effect you want by the time the season changes. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. Some types of climbers support themselves naturally through twining stems or tendrils, but others will have to be attached to something. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
When you mow your lawn, do not mow it close to the ground. Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. Grass that is shorter has a root system that is easier to dry out.
Prior to planting a garden, think through what you want to do. Planning gives you a map of your garden. When your plants begin sprouting and all look alike, you can refer to your plan to remind yourself of which plants are which. In addition, some plants are so small you might forget you planted them once all your plants sprout. Planning stops these plants from getting lost in the crowd.
A set of knee pads are a life saver if you’re an avid gardener and a lot of your plants sit close to the ground. Long hours tending your garden can leave your knees sore and achy. With good knee pads, you can stay in the garden longer, and more comfortably.
Are fresh mint leaves something you love but cannot stand how quickly they grow all over your garden? You can slow down this growth by planting them inside a pot or container! This container can be placed in the soil if you prefer the look of mint in your garden, and it will continue to contain the roots of your mint and prevent it from taking over.
The best gardens start with seeds, as opposed to plants. When planting a garden, the best way is to initially start with seeds. The planters used to hold nursery plants are generally not made from eco-friendly materials, and thus get thrown into landfills. Starting from seeds, or buying from one of the few nurseries that use biodegradable planters, prevents this.
Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. Wood ash around your tree will help you keep pests away as well. When done naturally, there is no need for pesticides with harsh, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals
Peas have a better chance of survival when their seeds are started indoors as opposed to outside, exposed to the elements. Pea seeds germinate better indoors. The seedlings tend to be healthier, which would help them resist diseases and pests more easily. After the seedlings have grown strong indoors, it will be time for you to transplant them to outdoor beds.
Most of these ideas are quite simple and require little advance skill. All that is necessary is to apply some of the ideas presented here and monitor their effectiveness. Monitor how the plants in your garden respond to any new techniques that you choose to use. If a method does not provide good results, try other methods. Be patient and eventually you’ll have a garden that your neighbors will envy.