Put down sod correctly. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. You should lay your sod staggered, and have the joints offset. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Lay your handles on the floor, and put measuring tape right next to them. Label the distances using a permanent marker. 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.
The first thing you can do to ward off garden pests is to ensure you are using healthy soil in your garden. Healthy plants are stronger and more able to resist both pests and disease. You want to cultivate quality soil with adequate salt levels, which leads to healthy plants.
Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. Another option is to protect your plants by lacing them with offensive entities, such as peels from citrus fruit or even moth balls from your closet.
When you are mowing your lawn do not cut it too closely to the dirt. Cutting your grass at a taller height allows grass roots to grow deeper and stronger, which helps lessen the chance of your lawn drying out easily. Short grass is more prone to getting dried out and turning brown.
Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your garden will repel slugs. Another way to get rid of pests is to spread wood ash at ground level around shrubs and tree plantings. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
Think about berry-producing trees that are green year round for your garden. Your yard will then have bright spots of color all year round, which is especially cheerful in the winter when all of your other flora is bare or colorless. Some evergreens that will add life to your yard in the wintertime are the American Cranberrybush, Common Snowberry, Winterberry, and American holly.
As you now know, organic gardening isn’t as simple as you may have thought. While it takes quite a bit of effort and lots of patience, your pay off in the end will be a fantastic organic garden. Simply by reading through the techniques provided to you in this article, you should find yourself much more informed and capable of organic gardening.