Tending a garden is a relaxing past-time that can also serve as therapy. Gardeners are often faced with the questions of when to plant and what equipment to purchase. The tips you will find below will guide you through those questions and more.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. They tend to enjoy perennials that have thin, smooth, tender leaves, especially those of young plants. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
You can plant wheat grass or cat grass near the plants that the cat eats. You can also put something on top of the soil around the plants that has an offensive smell to cats, such as mothballs or citrus peel.
If your plants do not grown very tall, try buying some knee pads used for gardening. If you spend a large portion of your gardening session on your knees, it could create pain over time. With good knee pads, you can stay in the garden longer, and more comfortably.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides in the garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. Bugs that are good for your garden tend to be more susceptible to these types of pesticides, and using them could mean an increase in the pests you are actually trying to get rid of. This can cause you to use an additional amount of pesticides in order to attempt to fix this problem.
Use plants to get some autumn color. It doesn’t have to be that way! If you plan properly, you can make your fall garden the most colorful time of the year. Fall trees sport a variety of colorful leaves that range from subtle yellows to rich crimsons. Shrubs such as cotoneaster, hydrangea, and barberry will also provide a splash of color in the fall.
Some people use gardening as a source of relaxation. Countless methods of unwinding from the stresses of life exist. Gardening is fun, and it is definitely one of the best ways to achieve this state. The cost is low and the reward is often high. Your beautiful lush garden will allow you to reap a harvest of peaceful tranquility.
After reading this article, you should now see how beneficial gardening can be. You also now have the basic knowledge base to began gardening on your own. With the right advice and proper planning, you’ll soon have a thriving garden. Apply some of the tips you just read and, in no time, you’ll be amazed at what you can with your garden.