Does your neighbor’s garden put yours to shame? Sometimes it seems as if they have a secret to obtaining that lush garden. Actually, a beautiful lawn and garden can be cultivated without the use of secrets or magic. It just requires you to properly be looking after your plants, and a little know how. You can start educating yourself by checking out the gardening tips that follow.
Depending on what type of plants you’re growing inside, you may need a humid environment. Placing plants together in one pot or surrounding them with small rocks will help increase the moisture they receive. A daily mist with water can be another great way to give your plants the humidity they need.
Make sure to water your garden properly. Soaker hoses save time by watering all of your plants at once, rather than individually with a standard hose or watering can. To protect your plants, keep the flow on the soaker down. Allow the soaker to stay on for a few hours, so your plants can receive water while you tend to other tasks.
When you mow your lawn, do not mow it close to the ground. When the grass is a little longer, the roots will be stronger and the lawn becomes more resistant. Leaving the grass short makes it more prone to drying out, which leaves your lawn look really brown and yucky.
If you have a problem with your dog disturbing your garden, you can repel him by spraying perfume or other scents on the grass near the edge. This helps mask the attractive scents and can make your garden unappealing to them.
You should always take careful note of the recommended watering schedule for your plants; too much or too little can be damaging. Too much water can cause the roots of the plants to actually rot and your plants will die. Too little water can kill your plants as well. Monitor the moisture content of your soil to ensure proper water levels.
Vegetables tend to soften during the hottest part of the day, which means they are easily damaged, even when handled with care. For vegetables growing on vines, cut them carefully rather than twisting them off to avoid damage to the plant.
Fencing a garden in before starting a garden is a good idea. You can use a thick shrub, decorative border or a fence to keep large animals away from your plants.
It is a good idea to plan a garden with your own calendar. A calendar used for planning can tell you when each plants grows in each season. You will also be able to prepare yourself ahead of time by buying the right seeds. There are many software applications that can help you do this. Or, you can be really old-fashioned and use paper.
Plant bulbs in your garden if you want flowers through spring and summer. Most bulbs are hardy and require little to no care in order to develop into beautiful perennials that will reappear each and every year. Different bulbs bloom at various times, so choosing appropriately, you may have blooms early spring to later summer.
Check the soil before you plant anything in your garden. An inexpensive soil report can be used to adjust soil nutrients to optimum levels, which will ensure your garden thrives. 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.
All of the horticulture advice contained in the tips above is simple and relatively easy to implement. Now that you have learned what to do, it is time to apply it. Pay special attention to the condition of your plants after you implement new techniques. When one technique fails, try something new. Do your research, take time to tend to your garden and be patient to see amazing results.