There are many factors involved to achieve the lush and beautiful garden you have always wanted. Cultivating a garden is time consuming, but it is also rewarding. Here are some tips for making it less work and more fun!
Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. For a small fee, a soil analysis can be obtained – based on that report – the soil can be properly enriched to support a vibrant garden. Many offices of Cooperative Extension will do a soil analysis, and it is important to know how to improve soil so that all crops can grow in it.
When you are tending your garden in the fall, be on the alert for stink bugs. They like beans, peppers, tomatoes and many fruits. If not taken care of, these pests can damage the garden, so take steps to cut down their population.
Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Put a few seeds in a small container and fill it near to the top with water. This lets water soak into the seeds, giving them an extra boost of hydration when they start growing. Your seeds will then have the best chance possible to survive to maturity.
When mowing your lawn, avoid mowing the grass too short. 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. Short grass on the other hand is more susceptible to drying out.
To save your knees from the wear and tear of gardening, invest in some knee pads if your garden includes a lot of low-growth plants. Without pads, you may have pain in your knees from spending too much time kneeling on the hard ground. Knee pads offer your knees the extra cushioning they need to stay comfortable during extended periods in the garden.
Always fertilize your garden. Manure helps your plants grow. Make sure you use a product that is commercially composted so you don’t risk adding pathogens to your garden. Although there are plenty of fertilizer choices, don’t be concerned with which one you use; just be sure to use one.
Choose a specific plant to become your garden’s focal point. A focal point can help direct a viewers gaze. It is usually a type of plant that stands out from the plants surrounding it.
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.