Organic gardening can be a very enjoyable and relaxing activity in which anyone can participate. If you lack experience as a gardener, it is perfectly natural to be somewhat intimidated by the thought of all that work. How should a novice approach the learning experience of growing plants? If so, keep reading. You are only minutes away from becoming a better gardener.
You will need to properly lay sod. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Remove the weeds, then break up the soil into fine tilth. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. The soil should be adequately moistened. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with soil. You will have to water the sod every day for 2 weeks, and then it should be firmly rooted to the ground, and able to be walked on.
Get a slug-proof variety of perennials. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
As you cut your grass, do not trim it too low to the ground. By leaving your grass a little taller, you are allowing it to become stronger, as the roots grow stronger and deeper. Short grass tends to have shallow roots, which can cause dried out, brown patches to occur.
A wheelbarrow and kneeling bench or stool are smart investments for your garden. Gardening can be very tough on the knees as you spend much time leaning near the ground, so a portable stool can make all the difference to your comfort. Because gardening means transporting a lot of heavy things, a wheelbarrow will also come in handy.
When tending a vegetable garden, you might find that pest control is a bit difficult. You can’t use chemicals as they’re the last thing you want to be eating when you enjoy the fruits of your labor. One way that you can help control garden pests is to remain vigilant. When you are vigilant, you can simply remove the pests from your plants manually as soon as you notice them. Early detection is the best solution to ridding your garden of pests.
Plant items with fall color. That doesn’t have to be it though. When it comes to vibrant color, the bright foliage of fall beats all the other seasons. Maple trees come in a variety of fall colors ranging from yellow to deep crimson, as do Beech trees and Dogwood. There are practically as many types of shrubs chosen for their fall colors are there are gardeners! Barberry, hydrangea and cotoneaster are particularly popular choices.
Now you should be able to see why organic gardening can be such an enjoyable activity to participate in. Working in your garden will bring you great relaxation while you have a fun experience. Use these tips to see your garden flourish!