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TIP! Sod should be laid properly. Be sure to get your soil prepared before you start laying the new sod.

It’s no secret that not everyone out there has a green thumb. And if you’re one of the many who don’t, you might believe that horticulture can be difficult. However, with the right information, horticulture can be quite easy. Now that you’ve read through these tips, you are more informed about horticulture, so you can hone your skills and turn into a wonderful gardener.

TIP! Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. You can use shovels or rakes as measuring sticks.

Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. Get better results in clay by rubbing car wax or floor wax onto the shovel, then buff off and dig. This causes the clay to slide rather than stick, and prevents rust as a side effect.

TIP! Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. Healthy soil encourages vigorous plant growth and makes your garden more resistant to common diseases and insects.

Your tool handles can easily be used as handy rulers. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. It’s a good idea to label distances with a permanent marker. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.

TIP! Try using climber plants to cover up your fences and walls. These versatile plants can grow over fences to enhance the fence’s appearance.

For a garden that thrives, choose the right type of soil. Find out more about the plants you like and which type of soil is best. You can also make an artificial plot with just one type of soil.

TIP! Don’t plant a garden without planning it. Use your seed packages to make fun markers that will remind you where each type of plant is growing.

Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.

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It is very important to keep the weeds from taking over in your garden. Weeds can take over a healthy garden faster than you think. White vinegar can be a good solution. That’s right, you have safe way to get rid of weeds right there in your kitchen cabinet. So, use a spray solution of white vinegar if you are tired of pulling those weeds by hand.

TIP! If you decide to grow peas, think about planting them indoors when you first start them off, as opposed to planting them outdoors. If you were to plant them inside first, the seeds should germinate better.

 

Set your mower blades higher, so you don’t cut the grass too short. Higher grass has deeper roots, meaning a healthier lawn that will be less likely to dry out. Short grass leads to more shallow roots and will result in more brown, dried-out patches.

TIP! You may want to think about having evergreens that will produce berries planted in your yard. These types of trees can offer your garden a splash of color, especially during the winter when all other plants and trees have lost their hues.

If you’re a new gardener, it is vital that you follow the instructions when it comes to your chemicals and tools. If you ignore them, you can irritate your skin in most painful ways. Always follow packaging directions to ensure your body’s safety.

TIP! Buy a wheelbarrow and kneeling stool to work with in the garden. Gardening can be very tough on the knees as you spend much time leaning near the ground, so a portable stool can make all the difference to your comfort.

If you are going for a British feel with your garden, then vary the heights of your plants. If you use plants of similar heights, the result will be pretty boring and uniform.

TIP! Try to pour a bit of leftover water from your steamed veggies on them. Tea and coffee grounds can also serve as acidifiers in the soil of your gardenias or rhododendrons.

Make sure any open cuts are completely protected from dirt and chemicals before you go to work in your garden. A cut or abrasion can become infected if it is not properly protected from dirt, pesticides and other irritants. It is possible now to get bandages that will completely seal the cut.

TIP! Allow your children to actively participate in planting your organic garden. You can provide a good learning experience that your children can appreciate the more they learn on how to grow healthy produce.

Do not let your gardening chores add up. There are certain little things to help you keep up with your garden, even if you don’t have the necessary time each day to do everything. For example, while your canine is outside going to the toilet, take the time to pull out a few weeds.

TIP! Preparing a plot for planting a perennial garden can be done quickly and without difficulty. Simply slice into the ground with a spade, flip the top layer of soil, and then cover it with several inches of wood chips.

Not as tough as you were thinking, right? Like any other trade, the horticulture field is vast and there is a huge amount of information about it available. Sometimes, if you figure out where to begin, it’s easy to “jump right in”. So, hopefully, with the tips you learned you now have that ability.

 
Updated: July 13, 2015 — 3:00 am
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