Gardening not only benefits you physically and emotionally, it can also feed your family and drive a business. These tips will help you save money on equipment, and select the best methods to use in your garden.
You will need to properly lay sod. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Remove any weeds, and break the soil up into a fine tilth. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Water the soil until it is saturated. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. Once it is in place, the sod requires frequent watering for at least two weeks. This is usually the amount of time it takes for the sod to grow roots, making it ready to grow seamlessly into place.
Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.
Start your plants in some pots and plant its seedlings in the garden. This increases the chance that your plants will survive to adulthood. This method also reduces the waiting time between plantings. After you remove the mature plants from your garden, you can immediately replace them with the seedlings and start the cycle over again.
Plant some perennials in your garden that repel slugs. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. Wonderful varieties of such perennials include euphorbia, campanula, helleborus, achillea, and heuchera.
Use both annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower beds. You can use biennial and annual flowers to brighten the bed, and let you change how it looks. They are very helpful when trying to fill in gaps between shrubs and perennials in an area that is sunny. You should get varieties such as cosmos, petunia, rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflowers or marigold.
If you have any mildew on the plants, do not go out and buy anything. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. Spray this on your plants once a week until the mildew disappears. No damage will occur to your plants, and the baking soda is mild and efficient.
Choose the right soil for best results. Find out more about the plants you like and which type of soil is best. You can also make an artificial area with one variety of soil.
All you need is a little homework, some work in the outdoors, and some patience. The effort will pay off, and you will see a good reward for your hard work.