Horticulture is something that people have enjoyed for centuries. Some people garden to provide their families with food, while others do it solely for the pleasure it brings them. This article provides horticulture tips which can help you improve your own garden.
Lay sod properly. 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. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. Lay the sod in straight rows, ensuring the seams meet perfectly. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. You can use shovels or rakes as measuring sticks. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
Do not mow your lawn close to the bottom. If you let your grass keep some height after mowing, it will be able to absorb more sun and moisture resulting in a lusher, greener lawn. Short grass means short roots and dead grass.
A good but unusual organic solution for weeding your plants is try “boiling” your weeds way. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. Literally pour the water on the weeds, avoiding any wanted plants near them, and watch the weeds die over time. The roots of the weeds are damaged by the boiling water which, in turn, inhibits further growth.
Be sure to buy a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool that you can use for your garden. It is important to protect your knees when you are kneeling in the garden, and a foam kneeling pad will help with that. 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.
Keeping pests out of a vegetable garden can be difficult. It is wise to limit the use of harsh chemicals, because the vegetables will be eaten. You can prevent pests from appearing in the garden by adopting a vigilant attitude. If you catch them early, you can take them off the plants by hand.
As previously mentioned, horticulture is something that has been enjoyed by many throughout the centuries. Centuries ago, people gardened as a way to feed their families. Although some people still do it to get food, others do it for fun. Regardless of why you are interested in horticulture, this article can give you the tools you need. You are going to gain a greater appreciation for the benefits you reap from your horticulture efforts.