Gardening is a relaxing hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether you choose to grow flowers, vegetables or ornamental plants, many find that nurturing and tending to a garden brings such a rewarding feeling and sense of accomplishment. In the following information, you’ll find some suggestions that will improve the way that you garden.
Put down sod correctly. Start by preparing your soil with care. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Lightly, but firmly pack the soil down, and make sure that it is flat. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
To prevent your plants’ systems from becoming shocked, you need to gradually transition them from higher to lower temperatures. At first, only leave them outside for a brief period of time. Throughout the week, you should leave your plants out for a little longer each day. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Fill your garden with bulbs if you want to enjoy beautiful flowers through the spring and into summer. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Different types of bulbs bloom at different times, so if you choose appropriately, you can have blooms from early spring to late summer.
When you are mowing your lawn do not cut it too closely to the dirt. When the grass is a little longer, the roots will be stronger and the lawn becomes more resistant. When grass is cut too low the roots will not grow as deep, and your lawn may suffer from brown patches.
Pest control can present a challenge for successful vegetable gardening. You want to avoid spraying harsh chemicals since the vegetables are meant for consumption. Frequently check your garden for pests. Taking the pests off of the plants by hand is one of the best fixes if you are able to catch the infestation in its early stages.
To deter meddlesome dogs from destroying your garden, you should use heavily scented substances around the perimeter. You can even use perfume! Doing so shields the scents that your dog might pick up on and be drawn to, causing their potential interest in your garden to drop dramatically.
As was mentioned earlier in the article, horticulture can be a truly rewarding hobby. The benefits ranges from seeing your garden filled with brightly colored flowers and thriving, luscious green plants, to cutting your grocery bill in half by providing your family with fresh home grown vegetables. By employing the ideas in the preceding paragraphs, you can elevate the rewards of your horticulture to a whole new dimension.