A garden is more than just a way to decorate. It is much more than just a creative hobby or pastime. Becoming involved in gardening is a great way to find peace in your life, and gain an appreciation for the world around you. The dividends you yield are considerable, in particular when you mature into a great gardener.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Make sure your soil is flat and compacted. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. Your sod should be watered everyday for at least two weeks, then it will root itself and walk on it.
Utilize your garden tool handles as convenient makeshift rulers. Large handled tools like rakes, hoes or shovels may be used like measuring sticks. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. Now, the next time you’re down in the garden, you’ll have a handy ruler without needing to look anywhere else.
If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. Some varieties will climb and attach using their tendrils or branches, but some will need to be trained or supported with ties. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
The first thing you should do when planning a garden is test the soil. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. A lot of cooperative extension offices can provide this service to you and it is worth knowing what you need to do in order to avoid ruining your plants.
Plant a little catnip or wheatgrass in the area surrounding the plants that your cat is devouring. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.
Use the knowledge you have gained here to resuscitate your garden today. When your plants are blooming and alive, you will be so glad you did. Gardening is a potentially life altering activity, but only if you permit it, so why not start now?