If you have been dreaming of beautiful, healthy, green plants in a garden that you have cultivated, there are many things to consider so you can achieve that goal. While gardening is a lot of hard work, it’s a fun way to spend your free time. This advice will assist with increasing the fun and decreasing the work.
Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. Alternatively, you can try putting mothballs, citrus peel or anything else with an odor that cats find distasteful in the soil surrounding the plants.
Divide your irises. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Rhizomes should be divided using a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Set your cuttings into the ground right away.
Try placing evergreens that grow berries around your garden. This will keep your garden colorful, even during those months when other plants are not growing. A few of the most vivid plants in winter are American Holly, Winterberry, Snowberry and Cranberrybush.
An eye-catching plant makes an attractive focal point for your garden or flowerbed. The best garden designers always use a focal point that draws the eye. A perfect example of a focal point is using a plant that doesn’t bear any resemblance to those that surround it.
When you water your garden, do it with care. Use a soaker hose to save time so that you do not have to water each plant individually with a hose nozzle, or a watering can that needs to be refilled repeatedly. Keep the water running slowly so it doesn’t spray up onto the plants’ leaves. Letting the soaker hose do the work frees you up to turn your attention elsewhere.
Avoid damage from the sun by dressing correctly when you garden. Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. When you protect yourself against the sun’s rays, you are more likely to avoid both skin cancer and sunburn.
Do not plant your seeds in a rush. You should start by moisturizing the soil. You should then spread the seeds evenly, and make sure they have room to grow. Multiply the size of each seed by three and bury the seed that deep. Some seeds you do not want to bury because they require light in order to grow.
Have your gardening tools near you to minimize the time spent searching for them. Carry a large bucket with you or wear pants with a lot of pockets. Keep your gloves, a trowel, small pruning shears and other tools handy and make quick work of your garden maintenance.
Get the most value from your property. Of all the home improvement options that you might consider, landscaping is the most cost effective. Investing in plants can raise the value of your property by 20%, or sometimes even more. Seek out plants and shrubbery that require limited maintenance and will adapt well to the natural climate that you live in.
Don’t let all the little chores in your organic garden build up. No matter what your schedule is like, you should be able to fit in small things that will help you avoid having an overwhelming amount of work all at once. Grab a handful of weeds, throw down some mulch, or toss some water on it anytime you walk by.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.