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TIP! Pay attention to how you lay sod. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down.

You are committed to the idea of planting a garden that works well with the environment. This is the perfect time. The following tips and tricks will help prepare you for organic gardening success.

Mature Plants

TIP! Use your tool handles as rulers in the garden. You can use larger tools, like rakes, as measuring sticks.

Try planting seeds in pots, and then transferring the seedlings to your garden. They are then more likely to survive and to become thriving, mature plants. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. After you remove the mature plants from your garden, you can immediately replace them with the seedlings and start the cycle over again.

TIP! Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. Many nurseries offer a soil analysis service, which will tell you what nutrients your soil is lacking and what you can do about it.

When you go to mow your lawn, make sure you don’t mow it too closely to the ground. If your grass has more height, roots be able to grow more deeply in the soil, which will make for a stronger lawn and will have a higher resistance to drying out. If you keep your lawn too short, the roots will not go deep enough to survive in case of a heat wave.

TIP! Soak your seeds in a dark spot during the overnight hours. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing.

Fresh mint is a wonderful addition to a herb garden, but it can quickly take over your entire yard. Contain their growth with a garden container or large pot instead. You can bury the container so the top is flush with the ground if desired, but the container’s walls will prevent the roots from spreading so that the plant won’t take over your entire garden.

TIP! Don’t cut your grass too short! Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. Cutting your grass too short will cause it to dry out and turn brown in patches throughout your yard.

The best way to start a garden is from first principles: seeds. The most “green” way to create a new garden is starting from seeds. Plastic used in nurseries normally end up in landfills. For an garden that helps the environment, plant seeds directly in the garden’s soil or purchase plants grown in organic packaging.

TIP! See to it that you 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.

You can prevent pests from invading your garden with certain plants and natural materials. 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. When done naturally, there is no need for pesticides with harsh, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals

TIP! If you are a first time gardener, it is important that you follow all of the instructions on all of your tools and chemicals. If you fail to follow the directions, you expose yourself to safety hazards or a risk of experiencing adverse reactions.

To ensure a healthy garden, make sure you surround your plants with a few inches of good organic mulch. Mulch keeps soil moist for longer periods of time. In addition, it will keep the weeds from growing. You’ll save a ton of time if you don’t have to constantly pull out weeds.

 

TIP! Use cologne or other items with a distinct scent to keep your canine out of the landscaping. This will help mask the scents that attract your dog, and will make your garden a less interesting place for your pet to be.

Think about adding some berry-producing evergreens to your landscaping. They add color to your yard, throughout the year. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.

TIP! If sustainability and organic gardening are appealing to you, leave a portion of the property you own undeveloped to give wildlife a place to thrive. This can be a good area for the types of insects that pollinate plants.

When you boil vegetables, use the leftover water on your potted plants. If you have rhododendrons or gardenias, use coffee and tea grounds to acidify the soil. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.

TIP! Once your seeds have germinated they will not need to be kept as warm as before. Move your plants away from the heat as they grow.

Take advantage of gardening as a means to unwind. There are a variety of ways to find peace and relaxation on a personal level. Gardening is an excellent choice for calming your mind and soul. Without too much effort, you can enjoy great returns. The best return on your investment is the feeling of happiness and tranquility from growing your own greenery.

TIP! Use a beer trap to capture slugs and stop them from eating your plants. Bury a glass jar in your garden so that its open mouth is level with the top of the soil.

Create a space perfect for any perennial garden with this easy method. With a garden spade, slice under the dirt then flip it over. Next, spread out wood chips several inches deep. Let the area have about two weeks, then dig it and plan the new perennials.

Compost Pile

TIP! Over-watering your plants is not healthy because too much water may inhibit the roots from getting nutrients out of the soil. Don’t go ahead and water your garden if the weather report predicts rain that day.

In your compost, use green and dried plants in equal parts. Your green material can be made up of produce waste, used floral arrangements, lawn cuttings, leaves, and other yard waste. Dry materials, like sawdust, cut up wood pieces, cardboard, straw and shredded paper are good for your compost pile. Your compost pile should never contain meat, ashes or charcoal.

TIP! Gardening is a fun hobby that allows you be more earth friendly. This method of gardening will give you a deep understanding of the way plants grow, from beginning to end.

After reading this article, you should have all the information necessary to start your organic garden. You have just learned a lot of great information. The different tips and methods you can use are endless, and as long as you can follow and implement the information correctly, you should have no trouble growing a fantastic garden this season.

 
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