Are you coveting thy neighbors lawn? One might be tempted to believe that the neighbor has stumbled onto a gardening secret. In truth, having a great looking garden does not require any secret techniques. It just requires you to properly be looking after your plants, and a little know how. Start learning about gardening by taking in this article.
Do not improperly lay your new sod. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Pull all the weeds and loosen the soil so the new roots can take easily. Compact the soil lightly and firmly, and be sure to create a flat surface. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Sod must be arranged in staggered rows; each joint should offset one another. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
It can be very hard to shovel clay soil, especially when it sticks to your shovel as you are working. Get better results in clay by rubbing car wax or floor wax onto the shovel, then buff off and dig. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.
Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. Fast-growing annuals and biennials can brighten up a flower bed, and allow you to change the look from season to season and year to year. In addition, you might need something to fill empty spaces in your flower garden. Fill gaps with annuals or biennials. Just make sure the flowers will get enough sun to thrive. The most popular varieties to use include petunia, zinnia, cosmos, snapdragon, marigold, hollyhock, and sunflower.
Plants need ample amounts of CO2 to reach their maximum growth. A major portion of plants grow their best in an environment with a saturated level of CO2. A greenhouse can concentrate the levels of CO2. It’s best to keep CO2 levels high for the best growth of your plants.
Be sure to do some weeding on a regular basis. Weeds and gardens do not mix; they will destroy your garden. Try using white vinegar to get rid of weeds. White vinegar is a weed killer! Load up your spray bottle with some white vinegar, and spray the weeds away instead of breaking your back removing them by hand.
Grow some wheat grass or cat grass next to the plants your cat seems to prefer. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
A wheelbarrow and kneeling bench or stool are smart investments for your garden. It’s rough on your knees to spend lots of time on the ground kneeling or squatting. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a portable, lightweight garden stool on hand. Horticulture also typically involves transporting bags of topsoil, fertilizer and other heavy items, so using a wheelbarrow to make these tasks easier is a sound investment for your garden, and your back.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides in the garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides will kill insects that are helpful to your garden as well as the harmful ones. The beneficial insects, which kill the pests, are much more sensitive to pesticides than the pests. Using them will reduce your population of good bugs, and increase the bad. This ends up becoming a vicious cycle of increasing pesticide use.
When you plant a seed, take your time. Make sure the soil is wet before you begin. Then, evenly spread the seeds according to the type of plant and how much room they require for good growth. Seeds need to be buried as deep as three times the seed size. Some seeds you won’t have to bury because they need light in order to grow.
Cover your flower beds with two or three inches of compost or organic mulch. Covering the beds with mulch serves multiple purposes; it helps the flowers by retaining moisture and adding nutrients, and it discourages the growth of unwanted plants. This will also make your flowers appear beautiful and finished all year long.
Add used coffee grounds to your soil. Your plants will thrive from the nitrogen contained in the grounds. Your plants will really bloom if they get the nitrogen they need from coffee grounds or compost or diluted urea.
As you can probably see, each of these simple suggestions is easy to implement. All it takes is applying what you have learned after boning up on some basic techniques. Pay attention to how your plants respond to the methods that you use. If one thing fails, give another a go. With a little patience, you will end with a garden all of your neighbors will be jealous of.