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TIP! 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. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface.

Horticulture is something that people have enjoyed for centuries. People can garden just for the sheer joy of the activity, or they can garden in order to provide their family with fresh produce. This article will help bring the delight of horticulture into your life.

TIP! Your tool handles can easily be used as handy rulers. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes, and shovels can be converted into handy measuring sticks.

Take the proper approach to laying sod. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Make sure the soil is packed firmly and even. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. When laying down sod, create staggered rows with offset joints. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. Water the sod everyday for the first two weeks until the roots grow enough.

TIP! It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Simply place a handful of seeds in a container, cover the seeds up with water, and stash it away.

Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. The clay will no longer stick to the shovel, and this also helps to prevent other problems like rusting.

TIP! Create your own garden from scratch with seeds, rather than plants. When starting a new garden, the most environmentally friendly way is to start from seed.

Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape measure along side of them. You can label distances using a permanent marker. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!

TIP! Fertilizing is an important step in preparing your garden soil. Choose commercial compost instead of homegrown manure to keep toxins out of your plants.

 

Try using climber plants to cover up your fences and walls. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. No need to worry if a bush or tree is in the way, as climbers can grow through them. Also, they can match the shape of an arbor. Some require ties attaching them to supports, but others will attach themselves to any surface nearby. Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.

TIP! It is particularly important for new gardeners to read and follow instructions that come with tools, as well as chemicals. You might end up damaging your plants or getting a skin irritation.

The best gardens start with seeds, as opposed to plants. Planting seeds is the most eco-friendly way to start a new garden. Most nurseries use a lot of plastic that is not recycled. If you want to buy plants, find a nurseries that uses organic methods or grow your plants from seeds.

TIP! To keep dogs from disturbing your garden, spray some old aftershave, cologne, perfume or other strongly-scented products in the dirt or grass surrounding it. This kind of scent is going to mask the scents your dog is attracted to.

Make sure to fertilize your garden. While a lot of people use manure, it is better to choose fertilizer from a reputable company, as this will reduce the risk of any pathogens getting into your soil. Of all the fertilizing options available, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose as long as you use something.

TIP! Try to put an aspirin in the water to get rid of plant diseases. Crush and dissolve one and one-half 325mg tablets in two full gallons of plain water.

In conclusion, horticulture may be the world’s oldest pastime, and one full of wonderful benefits and rewards. Long ago, horticulture was a necessary way of life. In modern times, however, gardening is done for primarily three reasons: profit, pleasure or necessity. The information here can help you deepen your love of gardening and the joys it brings. Enjoy the many rewards gardening has to offer.

 
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