If you want that green, lush garden, there are many things to do in order to get there. Horticulture can require a large amount of ongoing work, although many find it to be fun, rewarding and even therapeutic. Some basic tips will help make your work more efficient, making both the process and result more fun.
Learn the proper way to lay sod. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Pull out any weeds and break up the soil. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. Compact the sod down so you form a flat and even surface, then fill in any crevices within the sod by using some soil. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
Use climbers if you want to cover any fences or walls. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too. You can direct them over certain branches or boards, or you can send them through plants you already have. Some varieties of these plants will have to be tethered to some sort of support, but other varieties will be able to attach to the medium they are climbing. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
When horticulture, be watchful of stink bugs, particularly in the fall. Stink bugs enjoy gardens, and are especially fond of fruit, tomatoes, beans and peppers. If you do not check, they do a lot of damage to plants so try to get rid of them if you can.
Be sure to do some weeding on a regular basis. Weeds can destroy a once promising garden and take away all its potential. To aid in this venture, you might want to use white vinegar. White vinegar can not only kill the weeds, it’s also a non-toxic spray that won’t harm pets or people. Mix white vinegar and water into a spray bottle instead of pulling the weeds by hand.
Plant bulbs if you want spring and summer flowers. Most bulbs are extremely hearty and grow easily. They also come back year after year. Specific types of bulbs usually bloom at specific times of the season, so if you make appropriate selections, you can be rewarded with blooms from the early part of spring to the later part of summer.
Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. This way, you will remember the places you planted your seeds when they start sprouting. This can also help prevent you from losing smaller plants or smaller groups of plants within a larger garden area.
Split up the irises. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. Try to life the bulbous irises when foliage begins to die. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. Divide up the rhizomes with a knife. Get rid of the center and keep the new pieces you cut from the outside. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Replant your pieces right away.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.