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Thumb Not Green? Try These Gardening Ideas!

Have you noticed that the grass literally seems greener on your fence’s other side? You might believe that your next-door neighbor has a special formula for a beautiful yard that no one else knows about. Planting a garden does not have to be an elaborate effort of backbreaking work. All you need is some knowledge on the proper care of your garden’s plants. You can begin your quest for knowledge by reading this article for some gardening advice.

Do not improperly lay your new sod. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.

Start your plant in pots before you plant them in your garden. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. When you remove your mature plants, the next batch of seedlings should be ready.

A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. There are numerous places to find this service, such as your local Cooperative Extension office. The cost is well worth it to avoid a potentially ruined crop.

There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.

Mint Leaves

If you find yourself in love with mint leaves, but not with how they dominate a garden, read on. Keep your mint growth under control by planting them in pots and/or garden containers. The container will keep the roots from spreading throughout you garden, and prevent the mint leaves from sprouting in other areas.

Most of these ideas are quite simple and require little advance skill. All it takes is applying what you have learned after boning up on some basic techniques. Focus on the reaction of the plants to your methods. If something does not work, try something else. Have some patience, and soon you will have a garden that makes your entire neighborhood jealous.

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