Does the grass look greener when you look to the other side? You may imagine your neighbor has the key to a perfect garden. In truth, having a great looking garden does not require any secret techniques. A little education is all you need to get better at gardening. Begin building your knowledge base by reading the gardening advice in this article.
When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid. Remove weeds and break your soil until all the clumps are gone. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. Staggered rows with offset joints is the best way for the sod to be laid out. 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.
So you don’t shock the plants, you should gradually get them use to a change in the temperature and conditions. Try placing them outside in sunlight for about an hour or maybe two the first day. Over a period of several days, slowly increase the time they are allowed to stay outside. After one week, the plants should be fully acclimated and ready to move outside.
Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape measure along side of them. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. When the need arises to measure something while in your garden, the measuring tool you need will literally be “on hand,” sketched into the handles of your tools.
Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. Fast growing biennials and annuals can enliven a flower bed while letting you change up the look each season and year. Sunny areas in the middle of shrubs and perennials can be filled in nicely with these plants. The most popular varieties to use include petunia, zinnia, cosmos, snapdragon, marigold, hollyhock, and sunflower.
Don’t bother with expensive chemicals if your plants start to sport powdery mildew. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. Spray this mixture on your plants weekly until the mildew is gone. This method is not going to cause any damages to your plants and the mildew will go away slowly.
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. Another option is to place offensively smelling objects on the topsoil near and around the plants you want to protect. Citrus peels or mothballs are a couple of examples.
The advice in this article shouldn’t be difficult to understand and learn from. You just need some basic education on gardening techniques, then you can put that education to good use. Monitor your plants carefully to assess whether you are getting the results you want from certain techniques or approaches. If you find that it’s not working for you, try something different. Have patience, and before you know it, your neighbors will be jealous of your garden.