Gardening can be quite complex, when you break it down. You will need to research techniques for chemical-free pest control and healthy ways to make sure your plants continue to thrive. Growing organic can be a little on the difficult side for a rookie. Be successful by using the following tips.
Sod should be laid correctly. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Flatten the soil back into place, gently but firmly. The soil should always receive adequate moisture. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
Think about starting plants in pots, and then placing the seedlings in the garden later. They are then more likely to survive and to become thriving, mature plants. This method also gives you the freedom of tightening time periods between each planting. Once the fully matured plants are removed, the seedlings can be planted.
Plant a variety of flowers to keep your flower garden colorful and interesting. Annuals and biennials can add excitement and interest to your flower garden every season. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. They are very useful for filling in the gaps between perennials and shrubs in a sunny area. There are many flowers you can plant in these gaps. Try marigolds, petunias or sunflowers for a brighter garden.
When you mow your lawn, do not mow it close to the ground. If your grass has more height, roots be able to grow more deeply in the soil, which will make for a stronger lawn and will have a higher resistance to drying out. Grass that is shorter has a root system that is easier to dry out.
When you grow veggies in a garden, you need to ensure they get at least six hours of good sunlight each day. Pretty much any vegetable you plant in your garden requires sunshine for this duration. It allows them to grow in the proper manner and also much faster. This is true for flowers as well.
Shelter your deciduous shrubs. Shrubs that are planted in containers are especially susceptible to frost and must be carefully protected. Tie together the tops, and then use a sheet or blanket to cover the wigwam loosely. This method is much better than wrapping the plant in plastic, as it allows air to circulate, which can prevent rotting.
Divide your irises. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The bulbs, when harvested, should easily split by hand – allowing you to replant them for even more blooms next spring. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut healthy pieces from the root stalk and throw out the dead center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Replant right away.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.