A garden is not just something you do to decorate. It is much more than just a creative hobby or pastime. Gardens give the people working on them a feeling of serenity and a close bond with nature. Even better if you’re a good gardener, you can see tremendous effects.
Properly lay your sod. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Lightly, but firmly compact the soil, making sure it is flat. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
Do a soil analysis prior to planting. 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. Before you ruin any crops, make sure you do this. Soil can be analyzed at a lot of cooperative extension offices, so make sure you plan accordingly.
Pre-soak seeds overnight in a dark place. Take 3-4 seeds, put them in a small jar or container, and cover them with water. This will hydrate your seeds and it will cause them to grow faster. The seeds will most likely have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
Try growing wheat grass or cat grass in the area of the plants your cat wants to eat. You can also try to offend the cats sense of smell with orange rinds or mothballs.
If you have planted vegetables within your garden, make sure that they are getting at least six hours of sunlight each day. Pretty much any vegetable you plant in your garden requires sunshine for this duration. It allows them to grow in the proper manner and also much faster. It’s also the same for some types of flowers.
Try to ensure your plants are dry and have enough air, daily! Many diseases, as well as most parasites, prefer moisture. One parasite you have to watch out for in particular is fungi. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Be sure to split the irises. Divide any overgrown clumps to increase your stock. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Cut rhizomes from around the outside then throw away the remaining center. There needs to be a minimum of one healthy offshoot on each of the new sprout sections. Replant them immediately.
Apply these tips to make your garden a beautiful oasis. When your plants are blooming and alive, you will be so glad you did. If you allow it, gardening will change your life. So get started!