If you have always wanted to have a stunning garden, you understand that there are a lot of things that you need to consider as you get started. Although horticulture can be difficult, you can also find pleasure from it. The following hints and tips can reduce the effort and increase the fun!
Keep an eye open for stink bugs in your garden, especially during the fall months. They thrive on fruits, citrus, peppers and various beans. They can do a lot of damage if they are not controlled.
Use both annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower beds. These usually grow quickly, and provide an easy-to-change solution to making your flower beds bright and beautiful. They allow you to select different flowers from one year or season to the next. If there are gaps between the perennials and shrubs you have planted in a sunlit area, try filling those gaps with annuals and biennials. Some flowers you can use are rudbekia, petunias, cosmos, marigolds, or sunflowers.
If you plant heather in your garden, you will attract insects that are beneficial. Bees love heather, and it’s one of the earliest sources of nectar for the bees when they emerge during springtime. Undisturbed shrubs, such as beds of heather, are probably home to a number of beneficial insects like spiders and ground beetles. Keep this in mind and remember to always wear appropriate gardening gloves.
Don’t plant a garden without planning it. A thoughtful plan can remind you of previous plantings and what you will see appearing from the soil in the months of spring and summer. In addition, some plants are so small you might forget you planted them once all your plants sprout. Planning stops these plants from getting lost in the crowd.
To help create new plants, use root cuttings. Sever the roots during the coldest months, when they’re in hibernation. Use the sharpest knife you have to take the thickest, longest roots available. Cut roots into lengths of two inches. Using a combination of moistened peat and grit, fill your seed tray and place the cuttings on top of the soil mixture. Then add a coating of grit and peat on top. Keep this in a cool setting, and in about one month, you will start to see new seedlings. When they sprout, it’s important that you plant each seedling in a separate larger tray or flower pot until it’s time to put them outside.
Horticulture can be hard on your knees. Many people can not bend over for long periods of time while they are standing up. You can kneel instead to help keep your back relaxed while tending to your plants. Knee pads will prevent any pain you may feel because of this position.
Always completely protect any cuts, or wait until they are healed before attempting any horticulture, as this can introduce dirt or chemicals into the wound. A cut can become infected if dirt is allowed to enter the cut while horticulture. You can now purchase bandages to seal the cut completely.
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. Long hours spent in the garden will wreak havoc on your knees. A pair of good gardening knee pads can cushion your knees for more comfort.
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.