Gardening is a very relaxing hobby with the added bonus that it isn’t that expensive. Family and friends can spend an enjoyable afternoon together, working in the garden. If you have children, they will be amazed at how your seeds grow into beautiful plants. You can also use this as an opportunity to teach a lesson on nature appreciation. Here you will find some helpful tips to make horticulture more enjoyable.
Pay attention to how you lay sod. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Lightly, but firmly pack the soil down, and make sure that it is flat. Dampen the soil completely. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. For the best results, you need to water the sod every day for a two week period. After this time the sod will have rooted into the soil and can be now walked on.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. You just need to spray your plants with this solution once every five days until the mildew is no longer visible. Baking soda is not harmful to your plants and will take care of the issue as well as any other treatment.
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.
Always take the time to get the weeds out of your garden. Weeds can turn a thriving garden into a total wasteland. White vinegar has been known to kill weeds quickly. The acid in white vinegar kills weeds. You may also be using plants that need that very same acid. Keep a solution of vinegar diluted with water on hand to spray on weeds.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Perennials with hairy leaves or bitter taste are unattractive to snails and slugs, keeping them safe from harm. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
Fill your garden with bulbs if you want to enjoy beautiful flowers through the spring and into 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. You can select bulbs that bloom at many different times, so with a little work, you could have flowers popping up all the way from the start of spring to the end of summer.
Healthy soil will also assist in your battle against pests. If you have healthy looking plants, they are stronger and more resistant to diseases and bugs. Starting with soil that is in good condition can yield the best plants.
Whether you wish to garden alone or with a loved one, the tips in this article will make the experience more fun. Using this advice, you can enjoy gardening with yourself, your friends, or your family.
The first thing you should do when planning a garden is test the soil. Soil analysis costs a little money, but the report can inform you how to enrich your soil and open the door to a lush garden. The cost of the analysis will be easily offset by the benefits of a healthy and vibrant crop.