Does the grass look greener when you look to the other side? You might believe that your next-door neighbor has a special formula for a beautiful yard that no one else knows about. The truth is there’s no secret to a beautiful garden. All you need is the proper information on how to correctly care for your plants. Information about gardening is available online, in books and in magazines created for garden enthusiasts.
Gradually acclimate plants to temperature changes and conditions, if you want to avoid shocking them. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. After a week, leave your plants outside for twice as long. When the week is done, your plants will be ready for the big move without any problems.
Clay soil can be very hard to work with, and you will often find that it sticks to the shovel. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. Label the distances with a permanent marker. When the need arises to measure something while in your garden, the measuring tool you need will literally be “on hand,” sketched into the handles of your tools.
Use both annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower beds. By utilizing quick-growing biennials and annuals, not only will you be brightening up your flower bed, you can also alter its look each season and each year. They can make a handy, gap-filler between shrubs and perennials located in sunny areas. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
Cover any wall or fence with climbers. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. There are natural climbers, which use tendrils or stems to wrap around any given surface, while others must be tied with a string or rope. Excellent varieties include honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses and clematis.
Pull all the weeds in your garden. A vibrant garden will be overrun with weeds if they are left alone. You might want to think about using white vinegar to do this. The acid in white vinegar kills weeds. You may also be using plants that need that very same acid. A spray solution is much easier to apply than to rid your garden of weeds by hand.
All of the gardening advice contained in the tips above is simple and relatively easy to implement. You just have to glean the knowledge and implement what you’ve learned. Pay close attention to your plants as you try each method to see how they respond. If you find that one thing does not work, you should try something different. Do your research, take time to tend to your garden and be patient to see amazing results.