You need to know some basics related to improving your garden for your family, your business, or simply yourself. Careful planning will help you assemble everything you need to grow a garden in your environment, and also avoid wasting money on the wrong seeds or unnecessary equipment.
Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
Before you plant anything in your garden, have the soil checked. Many nurseries offer a soil analysis service, which will tell you what nutrients your soil is lacking and what you can do about it. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
When you mow your lawn, do not mow it close to the ground. Cutting your grass at a taller height allows grass roots to grow deeper and stronger, which helps lessen the chance of your lawn drying out easily. Short grass is more prone to getting dried out and turning brown.
Shelter your deciduous shrubs. If you have tender shrubs in pots, they need to be protected in the cold weather. Tie the tops tightly together, and cover the wigwam with a sheet or blanket draped loosely over it. This method is superior to covering plants in plastic, because air can freely circulate, which prevents rotting.
If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. Boiling water is a safe herbicide which won’t damage your garden or your body. Just pour boiling water directly on top of the weeds cautiously to avoid damaging your plants. Boiling water kills weeds by destroying their roots. Weeds won’t be able to survive, never mind grow, with damaged weeds.
Be consistent with garden fertilization. Composted manure is effective in raising healthy plants, and commercial fertilizer products are safer and more convenient. It is important that you use some sort of fertilizer, although it doesn’t really matter which variety you choose.
If you are just getting into gardening, make sure you heed all of the directions on fertilizer and chemical labels. If you miss this easy step, you run the risk of harming yourself due to the chemicals that can irritate your skin. Keep yourself safe and always follow instructions.
If you have a problem with your dog disturbing your garden, you can repel him by spraying perfume or other scents on the grass near the edge. These scents overpower the garden’s scents, which causes your dog to lose interest.
Make sure that you wear appropriate clothing when you garden so as to avoid any sun damage. Put on some sunglasses, sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat. Protecting yourself from harmful UV rays means you are less likely to get sunburned or suffer skin cancer later in life.
It just requires some effort and a bit of learning on your part, and of course, a whole lot of patience. Once you see the garden you’ve created, you’ll know all your efforts were worthwhile.