If you have visions of a healthy, lush, green garden, there are things you should consider on your way to that goal. Even though horticulture takes effort, it is also loads of fun! This article has some advice for having more fun and less work in your garden.
Take the proper approach to laying sod. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Compact the soil lightly and firmly, and be sure to create a flat surface. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. The sod should be laid in staggered rows, with the joints offset from one another. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. According to your climate, you will likely need to water the new sod daily over a period of a couple of weeks. This will insure proper root formation and establishment.
Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.
Plant slug-proof perennials. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails. Young plants with susceptible leaves are favorite meals for slugs, including those with smoother or thinner leaves. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
Cover the fences and walls with climbers. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. Some climbers you plant will have to be tied off and supported, but others have no problem attaching themselves to any surface using their tendrils or twining stems Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.
If you are considering planting a garden take the time to plan it out. It will be a while before things start to sprout and visually remind you of what was planted where, so a written record can be helpful. It can also aid in identifying the less prominent fledgling plants that lie withing a larger landscaped garden.
If you’re going to grow peas, start them indoors before putting them in the ground outside. By initially planting them indoors, the seeds tend to germinate better. You will also have hardy seedlings that will be able to resist disease and pests much better. When these pea plants are sturdy, you can place them outside in your garden.
You may want to think about having evergreens that will produce berries planted in your yard. This will allow your garden to have color, even in the dreary winter months. Plants that provide instant winter color include Holly, Winterberry, American Cranberrybush, and the American Holly.
Choose a specific plant to become your garden’s focal point. Your focal point will be the main center of attention for anyone who sees your garden. Usually, the focal point will be a plant that is unique from the plants around it.
If you have plants inside, make sure the thermostat stays between 65 and 75 degrees. In order to encourage proper growth, they will need that warmth. If you think it would not be comfortable to keep your residence that warm in the winter, consider purchasing a heat lamp to use on the plants.
Pine can make for a great type of mulch. There are some plants that thrive in acidic soil. When you have plants like this, nothing is easier than to gather pine needles for your beds. Cover your beds with two inches of needles; acid will be dispersed into the soil as they decompose.
Leave plenty of growing space when you plant your garden. You will most likely underestimate how much space plants will need as they grow. Beyond just the physical space that the plants will need, you should also consider the airflow that the plants will require. Think ahead and give each plant room for expansion, by properly spacing the seeds.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.