Does the grass look greener when you look to the other side? It may feel as if your neighbor is performing some kind of magic to make their yard look so good. Truth be told, there is no real secret to creating a gorgeous garden. You just have to learn how to properly maintain your plants. Begin your search for gardening knowledge with the tips below and get ready to develop an even greener thumb.
Make sure to lay the sod properly. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid. Pull out any weeds and break up the soil. Lightly, but firmly compact the soil, making sure it is flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Sod should be placed in rows that are staggered, where the joints connect to offset each other. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Water the sod for two weeks and then you can safely walk on it as it will have had time to properly root.
Clay is difficult to dig through with a shovel, as it is sticky and compact. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. The clay won’t stick to it, and the end will not rust as an added bonus.
Prior to planting anything in your garden, check your soil. A soil analysis is inexpensive and can be used to figure out which nutrients should be added to provide a healthy garden environment. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
The approach of fall means you need to start planting autumn goodies. Instead of using regular clay pots this year for planting lettuce and kale, try a pumpkin container instead! Simply carve open the top of a pumpkin so you can remove the innards, and then spray inside and out with something like Wilt-Pruf to prevent pumpkin rotting. Once you’ve done this, you can plant.
If your soil has high alkaline amounts, mix some coffee grounds into it. This affordable trick will give back the acid that your dirt requires. You will notice that your vegetables and greens will have a stronger taste.
Allow enough room between plants for air to circulate, so that plants do not stay too wet. Moisture can be a magnet for disease and parasites on your plants. Fungi is very common. You can control fungi with the application of fungicide sprays. However, the area should be treated before you see the onset of any problems.
If you would love to have access to fresh and healthy mint leaves from your own back yard, but dread the way the plant spreads so quickly, worry not. Stunt their growth a little by planting your mint into a garden container or large pot instead. If you prefer, you can even place the container in the ground, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.
Most of these tips are easy to apply in your own setting. All it takes is some basic information and then you can set out to apply those ideas within your garden. Monitor how the plants in your garden respond to any new techniques that you choose to use. If one thing fails, give another a go. Be patient, and before long, your garden will be the envy of your neighbors.