Why not learn something new about becoming a better gardener? With the right knowledge, you can properly take care of all your gardening needs, which means that you won’t make small mistakes, such as buying the wrong seeds for your type of soil, or big mistakes, such as buying expensive equipment that you don’t really require.
Put down sod correctly. Start by preparing your soil with care. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Compact the soil lightly and firmly, and be sure to create a flat surface. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
Shoveling clay soil is tiresome since clay is hard, and it can also stick to your shovel for twice the difficulty. To make working in clay easier, rub the shovel with floor or car wax and then buff it with a cloth. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
You do not need store-bought chemical treatments for plant mildew. Instead, combine baking soda with water and liquid soap. Once weekly, spray this mixture to the affected areas of your plants, and the mildew should be eliminated shortly. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
If you want the best results, you need to choose the right soil. What plants you desire determines what type of soil you need in your garden, and whether or not it needs to be amended. You can make an artificial area that uses a single kind of soil.
Before you plant anything in your garden, have the soil checked. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! It is worth having this information so that crops do not get ruined. Most Cooperative Extension offices provide this service.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.
Do you like mint, but not how they ruin your garden? Keep the growth under control by growing them in a large gardening pot instead. Bury the container so that your plant does not stand out. The container will keep the roots from spreading too far.
Be sure your garden is fertilized. Manure can help your plants grow quickly, but you must use only commercially created products to reduce the chance of contracting pathogens. It is important that you use some sort of fertilizer, although it doesn’t really matter which variety you choose.
It just requires some effort and a bit of learning on your part, and of course, a whole lot of patience. All the work will be worthwhile, when you experience the satisfaction of a thriving garden established by your own effort.