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. Gardening can require a large amount of ongoing work, although many find it to be fun, rewarding and even therapeutic. Following are a few tips that can make your gardening time more fun and less work.
Do not improperly lay your new sod. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Firm sod until there is an even, flat surface; fill in gaps with soil. The sod requires water on a daily basis for two weeks, then the roots will have taken hold and ready to be walked on.
Analyze the soil before you even get started with working in a garden. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.
Make a plan for your garden. Use this to remind you where certain things were planted, later when they start sprouting. With a plan, you will also be less likely to lose track of small groups or individual plants within a large and ambitious garden.
A set of comfortable knee pads makes a great investment if your garden is full of plant material that stays low to the ground. Excessive time spent kneeling often results in significant stiffness and pain. With good knee pads, you can stay in the garden longer, and more comfortably.
Are fresh mint leaves something you love but cannot stand how quickly they grow all over your garden? Contain their growth with a garden container or large pot instead. You have the option of planting the container with the plant to keep the roots from taking the garden over.
It is possible to use natural materials as well as other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. A good way to keep slugs away is to create a border with onions around a garden with vegetables. Marigolds would do this trick as well. Wood ash, when used like mulch, can keep away pests after it is spread around a tree base and shrub seedlings. Doing these things can ensure that you do not need potentially harmful chemicals.
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.