A garden really has a deeper meaning than just being a bunch of different kinds of plants put together. Gardening can be an activity for a lot people. It is not limited to simply green-thumbed enthusiasts. Becoming involved in horticulture is a great way to find peace in your life, and gain an appreciation for the world around you. The harder you work at it, the more benefits horticulture will bring you.
Properly put down your sod. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Remove the weeds, then break up the soil into fine tilth. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. Once it is in place, the sod requires frequent watering for at least two weeks. This is usually the amount of time it takes for the sod to grow roots, making it ready to grow seamlessly into place.
Choose the varieties of plants that will produce a higher yield. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.
Plant vines like ivy to cover fences and dividing walls. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. You can direct them over certain branches or boards, or you can send them through plants you already have. Some of these plants must have support, and some can attach themselves to something using their stems and tendrils. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
It is important to choose the right type of soil if you want to achieve the best results. The type of plants you’re planning to grow will determine the type of soil you need, and whether the soil will or will not be adapted. You can also make an artificial area using only one type of soil.
Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.
Try growing wheat grass or cat grass in the area of the plants your cat wants to eat. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. One of the safest “herbicides” you can find is a pot of boiling water. Pour the boiling water directly onto the weeds, just make sure you do not damage the nearby plants. What this does it essentially kill the weeds by damaging their roots. The result is that those weeds are unlikely to regrow.
Your plants should always be kept in an aerated, dry area. Parasites are attracted to the moisture on plants. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom is fungi. Although fungi can be treated with sprays, it is possible to preempt the problem and very important to plant health that you do so.
Horticulture should be a relaxing activity. There are a variety of ways to achieve a state of inner peace. Gardening is an excellent choice for calming your mind and soul. Gardening does not require a lot of dollars to start, and yields tremendous benefits. The biggest dividend is the emotional satisfaction of planting and growing greens on your own.
Take what you learned from this article and bring your garden back to life. You will be glad you did when your garden is full of thriving and blooming plants. Horticulture can literally change your life, but only if you put in the effort and do it!