Does it always seem like the grass is greener on your neighbor’s side of the fence? You probably want to know if your neighbor just has a green thumb, or a more practical method to keep his garden in such good shape. Truthfully, there is no super-secret formula for a gorgeous garden. All it takes is knowledge on how to take care of your plants properly. Get started on your path to gardening glory with this article full of helpful advice.
Put sod down the right way. Start by preparing your soil with care. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Staggered rows with offset joints is the best way for the sod to be laid out. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
Utilize your garden tool handles as convenient makeshift rulers. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Lay the handles onto the floor and place a measuring tape beside them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
When you are tending your garden in the fall, be on the alert for stink bugs. These destructive pests enjoy many kinds of fruit, as well as beans, peppers and tomatoes. If you don’t treat them, they can do a lot of damage in your garden.
Plant bulbs in your garden if you want flowers through spring and summer. Bulbs are usually very hearty and very easy to grow, and bulbs will grow year after year. Remember that different bulbs will bloom at all different times of the year, so if you are careful to choose the right bulbs, you will see blooms in the early spring, and have flowers all the way to late summer.
Your vegetable garden should get at least six hours of sun daily. This allows the vegetables to grow quickly and healthily. This is true of some flowers.
As you can see, the tips in this article are easy to implement. All it takes is some basic information and then you can set out to apply those ideas within your garden. Observe the response of your plants to the various techniques you try. If one thing doesn’t work, try another. With a little patience, you will end with a garden all of your neighbors will be jealous of.