Many people think of gardening as a hobby that is soothing and therapeutic. A lot of gardeners ask questions like what kind of equipment they should buy, what kind of soil should they purchase, or when they should plant seeds. This article provides key tips for gardening aficionados.
Sod should be laid correctly. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Lightly, but firmly pack the soil down, and make sure that it is flat. Be sure the soil is thoroughly moist. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. You want the sod to end up as a flat and even surface. If there are any gaps in between the sod pieces, then you can fill these in with some soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
When selecting among several varieties of a plant, choose the ones that will produce the largest yield. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.
Healthy soil will also assist in your battle against pests. Healthy plants are stronger and more able to resist both pests and disease. To increase your garden’s likelihood of producing strong and healthy plants, use high-quality soil containing minuscule amounts of chemicals, which will eventually collect salts.
During winter, you should take your favorite plants inside. Maybe you could pick out the most expensive plants or the most hardy ones. Carefully loosen the dirt around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot filled with the same soil.
If you are going to be doing some gardening, watch out for stink bugs, especially in the fall! They enjoy tomatoes, peppers, beans, and many different varieties of fruits. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.
If you want your garden to sport flowers in the spring as well as summer, plant bulbs. Not only are bulbs hearty and easy to grow, but they’ll continue to grow as time goes on. Plant bulbs that will bloom at various intervals to ensure beautiful flowers are growing in your garden all year long.
As you now have discovered, gardening can be a fun, productive and rewarding activity if you invest a little time into gaining a bit of knowledge before you begin. If you use the advice laid out here and plan accordingly, your garden will bloom gloriously in no time. Use the advice given to start on your road to a beautiful garden.