A garden is not just something you do to decorate. It’s not even necessary that you have a green thumb. A garden provides its owner with serenity, contentment, and a deeper understanding of the things in life that truly matter. Once you develop some skill, you can make a profound effect.
Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. Large handled tools like rakes, hoes or shovels may be used like measuring sticks. Lay the handles onto the floor and place a measuring tape beside them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.
The first thing you can do to avoid pests is to start with healthy soil in your garden. Healthy plants grown in robust and enriched soil have an advantage in fighting pest infestation. Starting with soil that is in good condition can yield the best plants.
Use climbers to cover walls and fences. Plants that climb are extraordinarily versatile, and can help hide an unsightly wall or fence, usually within one season. You can direct them over certain branches or boards, or you can send them through plants you already have. Some need to be tied to a support, whereas certain climbers attach themselves to a surface with tendrils or twining stems. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
Bulbs are a great option for people who want to enjoy spring and summer flowers. A hardy perennial addition to your garden, bulbs will continue to delight every year. Bulbs bloom during different seasons, if you pick them carefully you will have flowers almost all year.
Knee pads are absolute miracle accessories if you work in a garden with plenty of low-growing plants. If you spend a large portion of your gardening session on your knees, it could create pain over time. Investing in a comfortable pair of knee pads made specifically for gardening can really reduce the pain you may feel from the pressure of being on your knees for extended periods.
Irises can be easily divided. You can create additional irises by splitting up irises that are growing into each other’s space. Try to life the bulbous irises when foliage begins to die. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. Replant immediately.
Apply the tips from above to bring new life to your garden. Once your garden is back to its blooming glory, you will feel gratified and renewed yourself. Gardening may change your life if you let it, now get started.