Does your neighbor’s garden put yours to shame? Has your neighbor got a secret which makes their garden look so much better than yours? The truth is there’s no secret to a beautiful garden. You just have to learn how to properly maintain your plants. Start learning about horticulture by taking in this article.
Make sure that your deciduous shrubs are protected. Any potted shrubs should be sheltered in the winter from cold weather. Join them together at the top, and use a blanket or old sheet to cover them. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
Transform the handles of your tools into convenient measuring devices. You can use larger tools, like rakes, as measuring sticks. Put the handles down and measure them with a measuring tape. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. This will allow you to have a ruler at your fingertips when you are working out in the garden.
Try to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. Moisture on plants is sure to attract disease and parasites. One common organism that thrives on moisture is the fungi family. Fungus can be handled with sprays specifically formulated for fungi control, but you must treat the area with spray before seeing any kind of problems.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Use a spray bottle to apply to your plants weekly until the issue clears up. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
Do you enjoy fresh mint leaves though hate how they grow so fast and take over your entire garden? Try to keep your mint in a container in your garden to stop their rampage. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!
Use climbers to cover walls and fences. These types of plants can climb anything, which makes them perfect for covering up a wall or fence that needs to be hidden. 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 climbers will attach themselves to a support using twining stems or tendrils, while other varieties need to be held up by tying them in place. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
If you are planning on growing peas, begin the plantings inside instead of outside. Pea seeds germinate better indoors. The seedlings will also be heartier, which means they can resist pests and diseases better. You will be able to transfer the seedlings outdoors after they become better established.
If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. Planting and growing bulbs is very simple, and once planted the bulbs will grow for years. Keep in mind that different bulb types bloom differently and at different time periods, so when you choose a bulb plan accordingly, you can have your plant blooms lasting spring into summer.
Good tools for the gardener include a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool. In order to relieve stress on your knees when gardening, always use a small garden stool to be more comfortable. Gardeners usually need a wheelbarrow to move the heavy dirt and other objects so they are a good item to buy.
Most of these ideas are quite simple and require little advance skill. You just need some basic education on horticulture techniques, then you can put that education to good use. Monitor the response of your plants when you apply these tips. If a method does not provide good results, try other methods. While it may take time, with patience your beautiful garden will be admired by the whole neighborhood.
Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. It’s true these pesticides kill the pests you don’t want, but they also lay waste to the advantageous insects that make those same pests a regular meal. Beneficial bugs are usually several orders more sensitive to the things you spray than the pests you are trying to kill, so you might wind up dropping the good bug populace and open the door to pest population growth. In the end, you may resort to using even more pesticides in order to erase the problem.