Use this article to find some ideas on how to grow a better garden this year. With a little research, you can learn exactly what you need, which will keep you from spending money on seeds you can’t use, or unnecessary equipment.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Start by preparing your soil with care. Pull all the weeds and loosen the soil so the new roots can take easily. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Make sure the sod is firmly placed to ensure a surface that is sufficiently flat and even. Also, make sure to use soil to fill the areas where there are gaps in the sod. Sod has to be watered daily for two weeks, and then it can be rooted.
Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. Your flower beds will look different from one season to another. In addition, they work well as gap fillers between other areas, as long as those areas receive plenty of sunlight. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. Some of these plants must have support, and some can attach themselves to something using their stems and tendrils. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
Ensure that your plants are kept dry, and aerated daily. Moisture on the surfaces of your plants is an invitation to pests and illness. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom is fungi. You can rid your garden of fungi with fungicidal sprays. However, it is best to treat your garden before there are problems.
Don’t you hate it how fresh mint leaves take over all of your garden, even though you love them? Keep your mint growth under control by planting them in pots and/or garden containers. 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.
Start your garden off right with seeds, not plants. When opening a garden, the most green method of beginning is from seed. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
All it takes is a little knowledge, a bit of work, and a whole lot of patience. Once you see the literal fruits of your labors, the time and effort you’ve invested will seem worthwhile.