There is no time like the present for taking up a new hobby, and gardening can be very rewarding. You may have tons of questions about how you should get started and what should be done first, but don’t worry, the tips here can help. Below are several gardening tips and techniques that you can implement immediately to be a more effective and successful gardener.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
If you have a wall or fence that you do not like, plant climbers to mask its appearance. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too. 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 may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. Excellent varieties include honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses and clematis.
Transfer your favorite plants inside so they survive the winter. You might want to transplant your most valuable varieties. Dig carefully around the roots and transfer the plants to a pot.
It is best to aerate and dry your plants daily. Moisture on the surfaces of your plants is an invitation to pests and illness. Fungus is a common problem when plants are allowed to remain damp. Fungicidal spray treatments can contain fungi, but spraying prior to problems even developing in the first place is the best way to go about it.
Purchase an inexpensive gardening kneeling pad, as well as a wheelbarrow or wagon. Spending too much time on the ground working can be quite hard on your knees, and a gardening stool can help alleviate this, plus make things more comfortable for you. In addition, maintaining a garden typically means moving around heavy dirt and other objects, which makes buying a wheelbarrow a very smart purchase.
Now that you have read this article, you are better prepared than ever before in the field of gardening. You now know much more about how to have a successful garden. Hopefully, the suggestions here were helpful in getting you started in the exciting world of horticulture so that you eventually will become an expert gardener.
Originally posted 2013-07-27 22:41:42.