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Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Horticulture

TIP! The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust.

There is no better time than now! You most likely have a head full of questions and concerns regarding how you should begin, and then what to do once you actually have. Luckily, you’ll be able to find some answers to those concerns in the paragraphs below. This article includes a few tips and tricks that can help you begin horticulture.

TIP! Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary.

Put down sod correctly. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Pull all the weeds and loosen the soil so the new roots can take easily. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. When laying down sod, create staggered rows with offset joints. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. According to your climate, you will likely need to water the new sod daily over a period of a couple of weeks. This will insure proper root formation and establishment.

TIP! When you are tending your garden in the fall, be on the alert for stink bugs. Stinkbugs are most prevalent on tomatoes, beans and peppers.

Keep your plants thriving through the winter by bringing them inside. Find out which plants will be able to thrive despite the transplanting and different indoor conditions. Dig carefully around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot.

TIP! Soak the seeds and store in a dark area overnight. Put some seeds in a container and fill the container to the brim with water.

Use the correct type of soil for best results. The kind of plants you want in your garden should let you know what kind of soil you need to get. You can also create an artificial area with only one kind of soil.

TIP! When mowing your lawn do not cut it as short as possible. Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability.

Don’t plant a garden without planning it. Use your seed packages to make fun markers that will remind you where each type of plant is growing. The plan will also help you keep track of your more diminutive plants and smaller groups that could otherwise become lost among a sea of larger plantings.

TIP! Make sure that your deciduous shrubs are protected. Shrubs that are planted in containers are especially susceptible to frost and must be carefully protected.

Deciduous shrubs need protection from the cold. Delicate shrubs that are sitting in pots should be sheltered from the cold weather. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. Doing this is a lot more effective than wrapping up the plant with plastic because it lets air circulate, which could avoid any rotting.

Mint Leaves

TIP! Use natural pest control when possible. Slugs are repelled by bordering your vegetable garden with either onions or marigolds.

Are you one of the millions who loves some fresh mint leaves, yet you absolutely hate the way they tend to take over any garden they are planted within? Instead of planting mint in the ground, confine it to a large pot. The container will keep the roots from spreading throughout you garden, and prevent the mint leaves from sprouting in other areas.

TIP! Try planting berry-bearing evergreens in your yard. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless.

Irises can be easily divided. If you split up clumps of them, you will eventually have more of this flower. When the foliage has died off, it is time to harvest the iris bulbs. The bulbs, when harvested, should easily split by hand – allowing you to replant them for even more blooms next spring. Utilize a knife if you are trying to divide rhizomes. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. Replant each one immediately.

TIP! Pest control is very difficult if you are dealing with your veggie garden. Don’t spray harsh chemicals since they will spoil your veggies.

After reading this article, you should now have a solid base of knowledge about gardening. You though you had mad skills before. Now you have insane skills! Hopefully the tips laid out here gave you pointers to improve your gardening so you can start gardening with two green thumbs.

Updated: April 12, 2014 — 10:59 pm
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