Does everyone else’s grass always seem to look greener? Has your neighbor got a secret which makes their garden look so much better than yours? Truth be told, no such secret exists. You just have to learn how to properly maintain your plants. You can start your search for information by using the advice given about gardening in this article.
Brighten up your flower beds with annuals and biennials. These usually grow quickly, and provide an easy-to-change solution to making your flower beds bright and beautiful. They allow you to select different flowers from one year or season to the next. In addition, they work well as gap fillers between other areas, as long as those areas receive plenty of sunlight. You should get varieties such as cosmos, petunia, rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflowers or marigold.
When you go to mow your lawn, make sure you don’t mow it too closely to the ground. If you let your grass keep some height after mowing, it will be able to absorb more sun and moisture resulting in a lusher, greener lawn. If the grass is too short, it produces shallow roots and that leads to a lawn with brown spots and dried-out patches.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. This is a good way to remember which plants have been planted in each area before they grow. You are also less likely to lose smaller members of the larger garden in the overall mix.
Split up irises. You can create additional irises by splitting up irises that are growing into each other’s space. Try to life the bulbous irises when foliage begins to die. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, they will usually flower the following year. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. Discard the center and cut pieces from the exterior. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. Replant immediately.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. Wood ash used as mulch helps repel pests as well when around shrubs and trees. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
When gardening, avoid the use of strong broad-spectrum pesticides. These kinds of pesticides kill the helpful insects that destroy the pests. Since these pesticides often affect the good bugs more than the bad, using them can actually increase your pest problem. This ends up becoming a vicious cycle of increasing pesticide use.
The techniques discussed here have been pretty straight-forward and easy to follow. You just need to learn what to do and apply what you have learned. Keep tabs on how the plants in your garden respond to each of the methods. If one method does not deliver good results, try the next one. Have patience, and before you know it, your neighbors will be jealous of your garden.