Horticulture can be an enjoyable activity with many benefits to your life. Regardless of what you grow, cultivating and caring for plants brings a special kind of satisfaction. This article has a lot of great advice about horticulture, and it will prove very beneficial.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. Alternatively, you can try putting mothballs, citrus peel or anything else with an odor that cats find distasteful in the soil surrounding the plants.
Before you start planting your garden, plan it out. This way, when the sprouts start shooting up, you can recall where you planted each plant. You can also avoid losing the smaller plants, or in larger gardens, the small plant groups.
Using boiling water to kill weeds is both efficient and organic. A pot of very hot water is one of the most effective ways you can get rid of the weeds in your garden. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. Boiling water is not good for the weed roots and will stunt further growth.
Try to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. Moisture on your plants is a sure way to attract parasites and disease. Fungus infections are common in overly moist plants. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Irises should be divided. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. If you find any dead irises in your garden, immediately pull up the bulbs. As soon as you pick up the bulb, it’ll split into pieces. That’s okay – in fact, it’s desirable. You can replant the bulb pieces and next year you’ll have a healthy bed of new irises. Make use of a knife to split up rhizomes. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. Replant immediately.
Start a new garden from seeds. Starting with your own seeds is more environmentally friendly than buying plants from a nursery. 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.
Think about berry-producing trees that are green year round for your garden. They add color to your yard, throughout the year. Some examples of evergreens that produce berries and color in the wintertime are the American Holly, Cranberrybush, the Winterberry and the Common Snowberry.
Use a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool when you’re working in your garden. Working on the ground for long periods of time can be painful on the knees, so a small garden stool can really allow you to work in comfort. Using a wheelbarrow or wagon to transport heavy loads of dirt will help protect you from back injuries so make sure that you have one.
Horticulture is a very interesting and rewarding activity. Even just working in the fresh air can lift your spirits. By applying some of the advice you have learned, you can find a lot of joy from gardening.