Planting a garden in your yard is an ideal way to secure a steady source of fresh fruit and veggies. Why settle for a few fresh herbs here and there when you have the power to grow the ingredients for an entire salad? Let this article guide you to greater gardening success.
Sod should be laid properly. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. Make sure the soil is packed firmly and even. Now make sure the soil is thoroughly dampened. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with soil. Water the sod everyday for the first two weeks until the roots grow enough.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. They gravitate towards perennials with smooth thin leaves, particularly on younger plants. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Some of these plants include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, hellaborus, and heuchera.
Plants that result in a larger yield should be higher on your priority list when planning the garden. Traditional strains are often out-performed by hybrids that have been bred for cold tolerance or disease resistance.
Plant vines like ivy to cover fences and dividing walls. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. They may grow up through some existing shrubs and trees, and can even be worked to grow around an arbor. Some of these plants must have support, and some can attach themselves to something using their stems and tendrils. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
Plant some perennials in your garden that repel slugs. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
You may be able to re-pot some plants to bring indoors for the winter. You should probably save the most resistant or expensive plants. Dig carefully around the roots and transfer the plants to a pot.
Brighten your garden with biennials and annuals. These fast growth plants make flower beds vibrant, and they let you alter the appearance seasonally and annually. You can fill any spaces between shrubs and perennials when they are in the sun. There are many different varieties to choose from such as daisies, marigolds, impatiens, and lantana.
Try to ensure your plants are dry and have enough air, daily! Damp leaves can lead to plant disease and parasites. Fungus is a common problem when plants are allowed to remain damp. You can control fungi with the application of fungicide sprays. However, the area should be treated before you see the onset of any problems.
If you want your garden full of flowers spring through summer, plant bulbs. Typically, bulbs are simple to grow, and they’ll grow every single year. Plant bulbs that will bloom at various intervals to ensure beautiful flowers are growing in your garden all year long.
Don’t use pesticides that aren’t meant to kill specific types of garden pests. These kinds of pesticides kill the helpful insects that destroy the pests. Beneficial bugs are more sensitive to these pesticides than the bugs that are detrimental to plants, so if the good bugs are eliminated, the bad pest population may grow. If you respond to the growing pest problem with more broad-spectrum pesticide, you only continue the harmful cycle.
As this article noted earlier, horticulture is an enjoyable and productive means of garnering fresh food in the privacy of your own backyard. Using the vegetables and fruits in your meals will make you feel proud. Gardening should be a fun, relaxing and enjoyable hobby that you can share with others.
To create a beautiful English garden, use the same bed to mix various kinds of plants, as well as different heights. If you want a more organized look, select plants that will grow to the same height and put them in the same bed.