If lush and vibrant plants growing in your personal garden are something that you aspire to, then a number of things need to be taken into consideration for you to reach that dream. Garden can involve back-breaking labor, but it can also be very enjoyable. Some basic tips will help make your work more efficient, making both the process and result more fun.
Pay attention to how you lay sod. Before laying sod, you have to make sure the soil is accurately prepared. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. When the soil is clean, pack it tightly and create a flat surface. Thoroughly water the soil. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with soil. The sod requires water on a daily basis for two weeks, then the roots will have taken hold and ready to be walked on.
Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. You can use biennial and annual flowers to brighten the bed, and let you change how it looks. Sunny areas in the middle of shrubs and perennials can be filled in nicely with these plants. Some excellent choices include rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflower, cosmos, petunia and marigold.
Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. A soil analysis is inexpensive and can be used to figure out which nutrients should be added to provide a healthy garden environment. A lot of extension offices will offer this service and it is worth it so you know what your soil needs.
Draw up a garden plan before you plant the first seed. That way, if you see your plants beginning to bud but can’t recall what they are, you can refer back to your plan to refresh your memory. It can also keep you from planting any of your garden favorites too close to each other.
Irises can benefit from being separated. You can divide those overgrown clumps and increase the amount of irises you have. Once the foliage has died off, lift out your bulbous irises. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. Use a knife to divide the rhizomes. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
Interested in using Mother Nature to keep pests at bay the natural way? Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Insects also avoid shrubs and trees that are mulched with wood ash. By utilizing these methods, you will not have to apply chemical pesticides on your vegetation.
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.