Horticulture is more than decorating your yard. It’s not even necessary that you have a green thumb. It is a great way to for one to relax, and to enjoy and appreciate nature. You can really pull off some miracles if you are a good gardener.
Try using annuals and biennials to add color to your flower beds, and brighten them up. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. You can fill any spaces between shrubs and perennials when they are in the sun. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
Cover the fences and walls with climbers. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. They may grow up through some existing shrubs and trees, and can even be worked to grow around an arbor. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. Wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis and some rose varieties are good choices for climbers.
If your soil is highly alkaline, try mixing used coffee grounds into the soil. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. Balanced soil will produce more flavorful, crisp vegetables and greens.
Fresh mint is a wonderful addition to a herb garden, but it can quickly take over your entire yard. You can control the growth of the mint leaves by growing them in a large container rather than in your garden. The container will keep the roots from spreading throughout you garden, and prevent the mint leaves from sprouting in other areas.
Use fertilizer for maximum planting success. Manure can help your plants grow quickly, but you must use only commercially created products to reduce the chance of contracting pathogens. There are many fertilization methods out there; the type is not quite as important as actually using something.
Plan your garden to provide some fall color. That idea is actually far from the truth. The autumn season can be one of the best growing seasons and is certainly the most colorful. Maple, Beech and Dogwood trees are available in a number of fall colors, varying from bright yellow to rich crimson. Barberry, conaneaster and hydrangea are all wonderful choices in shrubs.
Use the advice given to you and turn your garden into a wonderland. You will be glad you did when you see your plants alive and blooming. Horticulture can work wonders on a hectic and stressful lifestyle, and provide many benefits to just about anyone willing to work at it, so get outside and enjoy.