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Great Horticulture Tips That Anyone Can Follow

 

TIP! Start your plant in pots before you plant them in your garden. This will help the plants make it to full growth.

Do you always admire your neighbor’s pristine garden. It’s possible in your mind’s eye that the neighbor is doing something unique. In reality, there’s no secret method for creating a gorgeous garden. All you need is the right knowledge on how to care for your plants properly. Information about horticulture is available online, in books and in magazines created for garden enthusiasts.

TIP! Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Handles of things such as rakes, hoes or shovels make excellent measuring instruments.

Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Some of these plants include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, hellaborus, and heuchera.

TIP! For the best results, select the right kind of soil. Depending on the types of plants you would like to grow, your garden’s soil might need to be amended with different substances to alter drainage, acidity and other charactheristics that make plants happy.

Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. Maybe you could pick out the most expensive plants or the most hardy ones. Cautiously avoid the roots while digging, and put your plant into a perfectly sized pot.

TIP! Soak seeds overnight, preferably in a cool, dark place. Place a small amount of seeds in a little container, while filling it to the brim with water.

When the fall season arrives, it is time to plant your fall edibles. Instead of using regular clay pots this year for planting lettuce and kale, try a pumpkin container instead! Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. Once you have completed this, start planting!

TIP! Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.

When mowing your lawn, be careful not to cut the grass too far down. If you leave a bit more height, the grass roots will get deeper, making your lawn stronger. The shorter the grass is, the shorter the roots are, which leads to a dry lawn.

 

TIP! If your soil has a problem with high alkaline levels, mixing in some coffee grounds that have been used is a great solution. Used coffee grounds will add acidity, helping to optimize the soil’s pH.

Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. Delicate shrubs that are sitting in pots should be sheltered from the cold weather. Tie the tops of the canes together; then take a sheet and cover the wigwam loosely. This method is superior to covering plants in plastic, because air can freely circulate, which prevents rotting.

TIP! Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots.

Split up irises. Divide any overgrown clumps to increase your stock. Lift the dead bulbous irises. These bulbs will divide into several parts naturally when you pick them up. You can then replant them, and watch them flower the following year. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. Throw out the center and cut pieces on the outside that are new. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. Replant the new shoots right away.

TIP! If your plants do not grown very tall, try buying some knee pads used for gardening. Gardening can really put a lot of pressure on your knees that will leave you cramped and uncomfortable.

Start a new garden from seeds. Starting with your own seeds is more environmentally friendly than buying plants from a nursery. Very few nurseries recycle the plastics that they use as containers for their plants, so the majority of these containers are thrown away and dumped in landfills. Therefore, it is better for the environment to plant a garden with seeds or to find a nursery that packages its plants using organic materials.

TIP! Try dividing the irises. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants.

The techniques discussed here have been pretty straight-forward and easy to follow. You just need a bit of instruction on what to do, then the time to apply what you have learned. Monitor the response of your plants when you apply these tips. If you find a method is not working for you, discontinue it and try another way. Just be patient, and ultimately your garden is going to be loved and envied by everyone.

 
Updated: December 10, 2015 — 8:54 pm
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