The processes involved in successfully gardening can be complicated. You will need to take closer care of your garden if you choose to grow organically, but there are many tools to help you. Organic gardening can be a bit tricky for those who are trying it for the first time. You won’t be a beginner for long if you put the tips you are about to learn to use.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Before laying sod, you have to make sure the soil is accurately prepared. Remove weeds and break your soil until all the clumps are gone. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Compact the sod down so you form a flat and even surface, then fill in any crevices within the sod by using some soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. Some varieties will climb and attach using their tendrils or branches, but some will need to be trained or supported with ties. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
Bulbs planted in the spring can flower all the way into summer. Bulbs are hearty and will continue to grow every year. Various bulbs do not all bloom at the same time, and if you employ this knowledge wisely, your garden can provide freshly blooming flowers for half the year.
When dealing with any type of seeds in gardening, it’s important that you soak them overnight in a cool, dark location. Put some seeds in a container and fill the container to the brim with water. This will keep your seeds hydrated and give you a little head start with your growing. Seeds that are grown in this way have a higher survival and maturity rate.
When mowing your lawn, be careful not to cut the grass too far down. If you let your grass grow, the roots will go deeper and make your lawn more resistant to dryness. The shorter the grass, the shallower the roots, which makes the lawn more likely to develop brown patches.
Before you start planting your garden, plan it out. This is a good way to remember which plants have been planted in each area before they grow. It can also aid in identifying the less prominent fledgling plants that lie withing a larger landscaped garden.
A set of comfortable knee pads makes a great investment if your garden is full of plant material that stays low to the ground. Without pads, you may have pain in your knees from spending too much time kneeling on the hard ground. Purchase a great pair of knee pads; they will provide a cushion for your knees while making gardening more comfortable.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.
Originally posted 2014-01-31 17:05:59.