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TIP! Properly lay your sod. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared.

Why not learn something new about becoming a better gardener? With a little research, you can learn exactly what you need, which will keep you from spending money on seeds you can’t use, or unnecessary equipment.

TIP! When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease.

Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. Snails and slugs have a good time destroying perennials that are young and have tender and smooth thin leaves. Some perennials are not preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough, or tastes bad. Wonderful varieties of such perennials include euphorbia, campanula, helleborus, achillea, and heuchera.

TIP! When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight.

If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. These types of plants can climb anything, which makes them perfect for covering up a wall or fence that needs to be hidden. You may also be interested in training them over an arbor or trellis. You can also grow them among existing landscape trees and plants. Some climbers will attach themselves to a support using twining stems or tendrils, while other varieties need to be held up by tying them in place. Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.

TIP! Soil needs to be rich in certain nutrients to grow healthy plants. Depending on the types of plants you would like to grow, your garden’s soil might need to be amended with different substances to alter drainage, acidity and other charactheristics that make plants happy.

It is important to choose the right type of soil if you want to achieve the best results. Different types of plants require different soils, so check soil requirements for the ones you choose. It’s also possible to make a fabricated area that contains only one type of soil.

TIP! Before you start planting your garden, plan it! This is a good way to remember which plants have been planted in each area before they grow. This is also a great way to keep track of all your plants.

Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.

TIP! Are fresh mint leaves something you love but cannot stand how quickly they grow all over your garden? You can stunt the growth of mint by planting it inside a container or super-sized bowl. By using a separate containment unit, you are limiting the plant’s ability to spread its roots and subsequently grow like wildfire.

Fill your garden with bulbs if you want to enjoy beautiful flowers through the spring and into summer. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. Specific types of bulbs usually bloom at specific times of the season, so if you make appropriate selections, you can be rewarded with blooms from the early part of spring to the later part of summer.

TIP! Good green gardens begin from seeds, not plants. Your can contribute to environmental soundness by beginning your garden with fresh seeds.

If you’re growing veggies in the garden, they need to be in a spot that lets them get about six hours of sun daily. Most vegetables need that much sun to grow rapidly and successfully. Some flowers also have the same needs.

TIP! If you plan on growing peas, you should consider starting them indoors instead of beginning them outside. Seeds will always germinate much better when you first plant them indoors initially.

All you need is a little homework, some work in the outdoors, and some patience. You will feel a sense of reward when you start seeing how you made something grow from nothing.

Updated: September 26, 2013 — 5:56 pm
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