Go ahead and get started now. You may have concerns about logistics, but do not fear! The following article will outline the straight facts you need to start a beautiful garden. Listed below is some very valuable advice that will help tint your thumb green, and bring you gardening success.
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. Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.
Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases. High-quality soil that is low on chemicals is key. It’s the first thing you should think about when planning on growing your garden.
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. If you leave some of the grass when you mow, the roots grow further into the ground, which makes the grass less prone to drying and other hazards. Grass that is shorter has a root system that is easier to dry out.
Set your mower blades higher, so you don’t cut the grass too short. Cutting your grass at a taller height allows grass roots to grow deeper and stronger, which helps lessen the chance of your lawn drying out easily. When grass is cut too low the roots will not grow as deep, and your lawn may suffer from brown patches.
Vegetables should be placed in a spot in your garden that will get about six hours of sun every day. Many veggies require this amount to properly grow at a faster pace. Some flowers also require direct sunlight for a portion of each day.
Don’t forget to use a good fertilizer in your garden. Manure is probably the best fertilizer. Choose a commercial product to reduce the risks of pathogen exposure. You have many different choices for fertilizer; choose whichever is best-suited to your plants but definitely use one.
Coffee grounds can be used to amend soils that are high in alkaline. Coffee grounds are an affordable means of adding acid to the soil so that it is pH-balanced. This will allow your vegetables and greenery to really thrive.
Interested in using Mother Nature to keep pests at bay the natural way? Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your garden will repel slugs. Wood ash used as mulch helps repel pests as well when around shrubs and trees. Using methods like these eliminates the need for chemical pesticides, which can be harsh or even harmful.
Think about berry-producing trees that are green year round for your garden. This will allow your garden to have color, even in the dreary winter months. There is quite a variety of plants that will give your garden a splash of color during winter, including the American Cranberrybush, American Holly, Common Snowberry or Winterberry.
Now you are much more prepared when it comes to horticulture. You thought you knew all about gardening, but now, you know even more! Hopefully the tips laid out here gave you pointers to improve your gardening so you can start horticulture with two green thumbs.
Sensibly water your garden. You can save time by using soaker hoses when watering plants. By doing this, you won’t need to water your plants individually. To protect your plants, keep the flow on the soaker down. It can water the plants for two hours so that you can do other things.