Why not learn something new about becoming a better gardener? Figure out what you need beforehand, so you don’t spend money on equipment that isn’t necessary, or impractical seeds for your climate.
Take the proper approach to laying sod. Before laying sod, you have to make sure the soil is accurately prepared. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. Thoroughly water the soil. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. You want the sod to end up as a flat and even surface. If there are any gaps in between the sod pieces, then you can fill these in with some soil. For the best results, you need to water the sod every day for a two week period. After this time the sod will have rooted into the soil and can be now walked on.
Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool. On the floor, simply lay out the handles, then take a tape measure and run it next to them. A permanent marker can be used to label distances. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. Some perennials are not preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough, or tastes bad. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
The first thing you can do to avoid pests is to start with healthy soil in your garden. Healthy plants grown in robust and enriched soil have an advantage in fighting pest infestation. Start your garden off with a high-quality soil that you can enrich over time.
Use annuals and biennials to brighten your flower garden. Biennials and annuals that grow quickly can add color to a flower bed, plus they permit you to modify the way the flower bed looks each season and each year. You can use them between the gaps in shrubs and perennials where there is plenty of sun. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
For a garden that thrives, choose the right type of soil. Different types of plants require different soils, so check soil requirements for the ones you choose. It is also possible to set aside a portion of your garden to include just one type of soil.
Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is essential to the growth of plants because of its role in photosynthesis. When exposed to high levels of CO2, most types of plants will grow better. Greenhouses typically provide plants with high levels of CO2. It’s best to keep CO2 levels high for the best growth of your plants.
When you’re out and about in the garden, particularly in the fall, keep an eye out for sink bugs. They thrive on fruits, citrus, peppers and various beans. They can do a lot of damage if they are not controlled.
Take the time to spread around five centimeters of organic mulch near your vegetable plants. Mulch will keep soil moist for longer. An added benefit is that it also inhibits weed growth. This will save you a ton of time and work.
All you need to achieve your results are a bit of patience, a little outdoors work, and the right learning beforehand. But soon you will see the work begin to pay off, as the garden begins to grow.