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TIP! Try to plan a variety of perennials that are slug-proof. These creatures can wreak havoc on a garden in a short time.

Creating a beautiful garden is not an immensely difficult task. You probably want to know if your neighbor just has a green thumb, or a more practical method to keep his garden in such good shape. To be honest, it’s not that hard to get a lovely looking garden. It just requires you to properly be looking after your plants, and a little know how. This article will help you along in the process of learning to care for your garden.

TIP! Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. Healthy plants are stronger and more able to resist both pests and disease.

Put down sod correctly. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. The soil should be adequately moistened. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.

TIP! Annuals and biennials are an excellent way to add a splash of bright color to your flower gardens. Fast growing biennials and annuals will brighten a garden and permit you to change looks from one season to another.

You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. Put them outdoors in the sun for no more than two hours the first day. Over the week, try gradually increasing the time they’re left outside. At week’s end, the plants should be welcoming of their new home.

Clay Soil

TIP! Autumn not only means colder weather but new vegetables to plant. Rather than putting standard clay vessels into use when planting crops of lettuce and kale, think about using pumpkins instead.

Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.

TIP! As you cut your grass, do not trim it too low to the ground. If you let your grass keep some height after mowing, it will be able to absorb more sun and moisture resulting in a lusher, greener lawn.

For the best results, select the right kind of soil. The soil may have to be adapted, depending on what types of plants you’re planning for the garden. You can also make an artificial plot with just one type of soil.

TIP! Sometimes the soil you want to use for your garden has a high alkaline content. Combine coffee grounds with the soil to reduce this.

 

If you want your garden full of flowers spring through summer, plant bulbs. Bulbs are generally very simple to grow and hearty, as well; they will continue to grow for years. Specific types of bulbs usually bloom at specific times of the season, so if you make appropriate selections, you can be rewarded with blooms from the early part of spring to the later part of summer.

TIP! Deciduous shrubs should be protected from the elements. Any potted shrubs should be sheltered in the winter from cold weather.

As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. Try planting your fall veggies, especially leafy greens, inside of a pumpkin! Once you cut an opening at the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides, spray the inside and edges with Wilt-Pruf to keep the pumpkin from rotting. Once you have completed this, start planting!

TIP! If you are just getting into gardening, make sure you heed all of the directions on fertilizer and chemical labels. Failure to follow instructions can be dangerous or painful.

If your garden requires a lot of low work, then save yourself some strain by investing in knee pads. You will spend a lot of time on your knees while gardening, which can result in knee pain. Purchase a great pair of knee pads; they will provide a cushion for your knees while making horticulture more comfortable.

TIP! Get a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool to work in your garden. It is important to protect your knees when you are kneeling in the garden, and a foam kneeling pad will help with that.

Think about putting some berry-producing evergreens into your landscape. The berries will provide a boost of color to your backyard, even during the colder months when most of the other vegetation has been drained of their color. Plants that provide instant winter color include Holly, Winterberry, American Cranberrybush, and the American Holly.

TIP! Learn the ideal times for harvesting your vegetables. Each type of vegetables has its own ideal time for picking for the best flavor.

All of the gardening advice contained in the tips above is simple and relatively easy to implement. Just apply the lessons outlined here and assess their effectiveness in your own garden. Pay special attention to the condition of your plants after you implement new techniques. If you find that one thing does not work, you should try something different. Just be patient, and ultimately your garden is going to be loved and envied by everyone.

 
Updated: March 31, 2016 — 12:43 am
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