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TIP! Lay sod properly. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared.

A garden makes a home look great but does even more than that. They are not only a simple hobby either. It is a way to provide the person tending it with peace, tranquility, and an appreciation of life itself. You will improve your skills and feel closely connected to your garden.

TIP! Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks.

Properly put down your sod. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. Now make sure the soil is thoroughly dampened. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Water the sod everyday for the first two weeks until the roots grow enough.

TIP! Plants that climb can hide fences and walls. Climbing plants are known to be very versatile, and can help hide any ugly wall or fence, and this often only takes one growing season.

Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. Certain perennials that don’t have tough leaves are especially tasty to snails and slugs. Others, though, are disliked by slugs and snails. Those with rough leaves or an unappetizing taste will be less desired by slugs and snails. Some of these plants include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, hellaborus, and heuchera.

TIP! Transfer your favorite plants inside so they survive the winter. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants.

If you have a wall or fence that you do not like, plant climbers to mask its appearance. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.

TIP! Make sure to be weary of stink bugs whenever you garden, particularly during the fall months. They like to feast on all kinds of fruits, as well as peppers, tomatoes, and beans.

 

When winter arrives, you could save some plants by placing them inside your house. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants. Carefully dig near the roots and transfer those plants into a flower pot.

TIP! Be sure to do some weeding on a regular basis. Weeds can take a promising garden and turn it into a shell of its potential.

You must protect tender, deciduous shrubs. Shrubs that are planted in containers are especially susceptible to frost and must be carefully protected. Fasten the tops of the canes together, and cover this wigwam loosely with a cloth. You will protect your shrubs from the cold without having to cover them in plastic, which can cause rot.

TIP! Whenever you are planting a veggie garden, it is vital that you place them in a location where sun shines down on them for six or more hours per day. Most vegetables need this amount of sunlight to grow the right way at a faster pace.

You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. Literally pour the water on the weeds, avoiding any wanted plants near them, and watch the weeds die over time. Boiling water can hurt the roots of weeds and can prevent them from growing.

TIP! Many people delight in the taste of fresh mint leaves, but become frustrated when the plant spreads wildly. You can control the growth of the mint leaves by growing them in a large container rather than in your garden.

The information you learned in this article can help bring your garden to life. It is a decision you will not regret, especially when you see all your plants alive and blooming. If you allow it, gardening will change your life. So get started!

 
Updated: July 24, 2015 — 9:15 pm
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