There is much more to gardening than just having something pretty to look at. Anyone can enjoy this hobby from an amateur to someone with a very green thumb. Gardening can have a very calming effect, and can really slow life down a bit, allowing you to find your inner peace. The effects are huge, especially if you’re skilled at it.
You need to consider beginning the plants into pots. Then, you can plant the seedlings into your garden. This increases the chance that your plants will survive to adulthood. This also enables you to close gaps between planting cycles. Once you remove the most recent mature plants from your garden, the seedlings are immediately ready to be planted.
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. Annuals and biennials that grow quickly can really wake up your flower beds, and they allow you to have a new garden look every season or every year, if you choose to. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. There are many flowers you can plant in these gaps. Try marigolds, petunias or sunflowers for a brighter garden.
If you have a wall or fence that you do not like, plant climbers to mask its appearance. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. There are many varieties you can choose from. Honeysuckle, climbing roses and jasmine are among the best.
You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. Considering that boiling water is rather safe, you don’t have to worry about toxins in your soil or at your dinner table. All you need to do is apply boiling water right to the weeds you want to get rid of. Be careful not to get any on the plants you want to keep. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
Separate irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. Rhizomes may need to be divided by using a knife. Discard the center and cut pieces from the exterior. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. Replant your new rhizome pieces as soon as you have finished the cuttings.
Using natural materials in the garden will keep pests away. A border of marigolds or onions around your veggies can prevent slugs. You can also prevent insect pests by using wood ash like mulch around your trees and shrubs. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
When deciding on which plants to include in your landscaping projects, consider evergreens which produce colorful berries. These plants will look good year-round, even during the winter, when your other plants have lost their bloom. These plants can help you get some color during the winter months: Winterberry, Common Snowberry, American Holly, and American Cranberrybush.
Plan your garden, and plant with fall colors in mind. That doesn’t have to be, however. Fall foliage provides for the most colorful season of the year. Maple trees produce yellow and red leaves, just like Beech and Dogwood trees. Some very good shrubs to choose are barberry, hydrangea, and cotoneaster, which is a member of the rose family.
Use this article to revive your garden. When you see your plants and flowers alive and flourishing, you will feel a sense of happiness that you helped to make that happen. Gardening may change your life if you let it, now get started.