This article contains tip to help you cultivate a healthy garden. With the right knowledge, you can properly take care of all your horticulture needs, which means that you won’t make small mistakes, such as buying the wrong seeds for your type of soil, or big mistakes, such as buying expensive equipment that you don’t really require.
Do not improperly lay your new sod. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. The sod should be laid in staggered rows, with the joints offset from one another. Compact the sod down so you form a flat and even surface, then fill in any crevices within the sod by using some soil. The sod requires water on a daily basis for two weeks, then the roots will have taken hold and ready to be walked on.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. To make the clay soft so you aren’t working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. The shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust.
Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Tools with long handles, such as a shovel or rake, are absolutely perfect for this job, and make your workload a little bit smaller. Lay your handles on the floor, and put measuring tape right next to them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. Now when you go to work in the garden, you will have a ruler that is large at your fingertips!
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. Keeping grass with a little more height makes it healthier. This allows the roots to grow more deeply and makes the blades of grass more resistant to becoming dry and discolored. Short grass is more prone to getting dried out and turning brown.
Irises should be divided. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. Lift the dead bulbous irises. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
A great garden starts from the seeds and not from the plants. It’s better for the environment to begin from seed. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
Learn the appropriate time to pick different vegetables. For the optimum flavor, be sure to follow the guidelines for planting and picking. Peas, for instance, should be harvested rather young if you wish to obtain the best flavors and texture. Contrarily, tomatoes should be left on the vine until maximum ripeness has occurred. So, it is good to learn about the best time to harvest your vegetables.
Choose a plant as a focal point. A focal point, in a strong garden design, will attract eyes and hold them there. In most cases, an original plant makes a good focal point.
Are you ready to do some research, do some work outside, and be patient? This work will show when you see all of your plants grow!