Gardening can seem like too much to learn, but if you do a little research, it doesn’t end up seeming so hard. The tips you will find below will pave your way towards gardening success.
Sod should be laid properly. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. Sod should be placed in rows that are staggered, where the joints connect to offset each other. Firm the sod down to form a flat, even surface, and fill in any gaps between the sod with a little soil. You will have to water the sod every day for 2 weeks, and then it should be firmly rooted to the ground, and able to be walked on.
Trying to shovel through clay soil can be extremely difficult and tiresome. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. In an area that is sunny, they make good plants to place in the gaps found between shrubs and perennials. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.
There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water. Spray this on the plants once per week until that mildew goes away. Your plants will not be harmed by the baking soda, but the mildew will definitely not like it!
Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. In addition, you could put an item on the soil’s top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.
As is evident by the article you just read, gardening is not as difficult as it may have seemed at first glance. Like any other subject, the world of gardening is vast and has a wealth of information available on it. With a few basic tips, you can get off to a good start on your gardening adventure. The advice you read probably provided that, so start that garden right now!