Are you coveting thy neighbors lawn? Has your neighbor found the secret ingredients that makes their garden an eye-catching feature? There is not a secret behind having a wonderful garden. It just takes knowledge and understanding proper plant care. Start learning more about gardening right here with these tips.
Sod should be laid correctly. Before laying sod, you have to make sure the soil is accurately prepared. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Make sure your soil is flat and compacted. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. 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.
It can be very hard to shovel clay soil, especially when it sticks to your shovel as you are working. 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. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
Your tool handles can easily be used as handy rulers. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. Lay the handles onto the floor and place a measuring tape beside them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!
Plant some perennials in your garden that repel slugs. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
Cover the fences and walls with climbers. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. Some climbers will attach themselves to a support using twining stems or tendrils, while other varieties need to be held up by tying them in place. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
All of the gardening advice contained in the tips above is simple and relatively easy to implement. You simply need to decide what it is you want to achieve, then use the gardening knowledge you have acquired from this article to make it happen. Pay close attention to your plants as you try each method to see how they respond. When something doesn’t work, then go ahead and try out new strategies. Your neighbors will envy your garden if you practice patience.