If you daydream about have a thriving garden filled with luscious green plants, colorful flowers and bustling wildlife, you need to consider what is required in order to turn your dream into reality. If you go in without knowing what you’re doing, you’ll be putting in a lot of hard work for nothing. You’ll never experience the fun that comes with gardening. Here are some tips for making it less work and more fun!
Use biennials and annuals to add color to your flower beds. Fast growing biennials and annuals will brighten a garden and permit you to change looks from one season to another. They are useful for filling gaps in between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Some flowers you can use are rudbekia, petunias, cosmos, marigolds, or sunflowers.
Long plants that run up or around a fence or wall are often useful for masking ugliness. They can be used to cover up unsightly fences or walls. Often, they can grow enough to cover up an eyesore in one season. They can also grow through existing shrubs or trees, or be trained to cover an arbor. 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.
Always take the time to get the weeds out of your garden. Weeds can destroy a once promising garden and take away all its potential. To aid in this venture, you might want to use white vinegar. White vinegar can not only kill the weeds, it’s also a non-toxic spray that won’t harm pets or people. Use a spray bottle full of white vinegar and you won’t have to use your hands.
Try growing some cat grass or wheat grass in the vicinity of the plants that your cat likes to eat. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
If you have planted vegetables within your garden, make sure that they are getting at least six hours of sunlight each day. Many of the vegetables need a lot of sun, so they can grow right and at a faster pace. Some flowers are especially sun-loving as well.
Come up with a gardening plan before planting anything. It will be easy to remember where each plant is when sprouts start to shoot up the following spring. It can also aid in identifying the less prominent fledgling plants that lie withing a larger landscaped garden.
You should make sure to divide your irises. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The bulbs should automatically divide in your palm, and once you put them back into the earth, they will typically flower the following year. Rhizomes may need to be divided by using a knife. Discard the center and cut pieces from the exterior. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. Replant your pieces right away.
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.