If you want that green, lush garden, there are many things to do in order to get there. Garden can involve back-breaking labor, but it can also be very enjoyable. The following article will provide you with advice to make gardening entertaining.
When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Staggered rows with offset joints is the best way for the sod to be laid out. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. Water your sod daily for a fortnight, which is enough time for it to root and be able to withstand foot traffic.
Make sure to be weary of stink bugs whenever you garden, particularly during the fall months. Stink bugs are attracted to tomatoes, beans and most fruits. If not managed well, they can wreak havoc on your garden.
Protect your tender deciduous shrubs. If you have a few potted shrubs, they should be shielded from the wintry weather. Tie the tops of the canes together; then take a sheet and cover the wigwam loosely. This is more effective than putting plastic on the plant, it will let the air flow.
Irises can benefit from being separated. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. Pick up bulbous irises after the foliage dies. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. Get rid of the center and keep the new pieces you cut from the outside. Each piece should have at least one strong offshoot. Replant the new shoots right away.
There are several all-natural ways to keep pests out of your garden, including certain plants. For example, planting a border consisting of marigolds or onions can repel slugs. Wood ash, when used as mulch, can help keep insects away from trees and shrubs. Natural materials and plants can be just as effective as chemical pesticides at keeping unwanted visitors out of your garden!
If you are just getting into gardening, make sure you heed all of the directions on fertilizer and chemical labels. If you ignore them, you can irritate your skin in most painful ways. For your own safety, take the time to read and follow the instructions.
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.