If your goal is to have an elegant garden, there are plenty of methods to follow so you can achieve this. While having a garden is a ton of work, it is also a very rewarding experience. Read on for some advice to make gardening easier and more fun.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. 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. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. Your sod should be watered everyday for at least two weeks, then it will root itself and walk on it.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
Think about planting your seeds in indoor pots and then transplanting them to your garden once they become seedlings. This really increases the survival rate of young plants. This will also allow you to stick to a tighter, cleaner planting schedule. As soon as the mature plants are removed, you can replace them with fresh seedlings.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. All you need to do is mix baking soda with a tiny bit of liquid soap in with some water. Once a week, spray this on plants to eliminate the mildew. Do not worry about your plants; the baking soda cannot harm them.
Plant bulbs if you want spring and summer flowers. Bulbs are easy to grow and hearty, and they keep growing in years to come. The types of bulbs you use will determine the time of year your flowers will bloom, giving you the pleasure of blooms from spring to summer, if you plant them right.
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Many types of veggies require this amount in order to thrive and produce the food source that you are hoping for. This is also true for some flowers.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. If you place wood ash around the base portion of a shrub seedling or tree, you will ward off insect pests. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.