When you take time to apply proper organic gardening techniques and products, it really does show. It demonstrates that you are taking organic gardening seriously and that you are doing all you can to ensure that your plants thrive. Horticulture is an admirable activity. Just like everything else in life, there’s always room for improvement. Below are some tips to help.
Learn the proper way to lay sod. You will need to prepare your lawn soil before laying the sod. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. Thoroughly moisten the soil. You should lay your sod staggered, and have the joints offset. Firm the sod down to form a flat, even surface, and fill in any gaps between the sod with a little soil. Water the sod for two weeks and then you can safely walk on it as it will have had time to properly root.
It can be very hard to shovel clay soil, especially when it sticks to your shovel as you are working. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
If you are going to be doing some horticulture, watch out for stink bugs, especially in the fall! They thrive on fruits, citrus, peppers and various beans. Proper measures should be taken in order to ensure minimal damage to your crops.
If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Bulbs bloom during different seasons, if you pick them carefully you will have flowers almost all year.
Do not cut your grass too short. By leaving your grass a little higher off the ground, it give the roots a chance to grow deep into the soil which makes the lawn stronger, and that helps keep it from drying out. If the grass is too short, it produces shallow roots and that leads to a lawn with brown spots and dried-out patches.
Vegetables in a garden need to have at least six hours of sun every day in order to thrive. Most vegetables need at least that much sun exposure to grow properly. It’s also the same for some types of flowers.
Carefully plan your garden first. Planning gives you a map of your garden. When your plants begin sprouting and all look alike, you can refer to your plan to remind yourself of which plants are which. This can also help prevent you from losing smaller plants or smaller groups of plants within a larger garden area.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. A pot of very hot water is one of the most effective ways you can get rid of the weeds in your garden. All you need to do is apply boiling water right to the weeds you want to get rid of. Be careful not to get any on the plants you want to keep. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
If you have the right tools and products, you can use these tips to help your garden. You are ready to start your own garden. Learning is a constant process, so use the insights gained here to enhance your skills in organic horticulture. You might find some new techniques that you can test out in your garden.