Does the grass look greener when you look to the other side? You may suspect that your neighbor is employing some trick you do not know in their garden. There is not a secret behind having a wonderful garden. You just have to learn how to properly maintain your plants. You can start to increase your gardening knowledge today by reading the information below.
Lay sod properly. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. The soil should be adequately moistened. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. Make sure that the sod forms an even, flat surface, and if you have any gaps show between the sod, fill them with a little bit of soil. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
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. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. Label the distances on the handle with a marker pen that will not smear or fade away. When you are gardening next, you’ll have a ruler beside you at all times.
Be sure to weed your garden. Those nasty weeds can turn your beautiful garden into a scruffy version of its former self. White vinegar can be used as a natural herbicide. White vinegar will kill those pesky weeds. Mix white vinegar and water into a spray bottle instead of pulling the weeds by hand.
If your soil has a problem with high alkaline levels, mixing in some coffee grounds that have been used is a great solution. Using coffee grounds is a less expensive way to make your soil more acidic than trying to replace your topsoil. Improving the pH of your soil will make your vegetables and greens taste even better!
If your garden contains lots of short plants, purchase some gardening knee pads. Long hours tending your garden can leave your knees sore and achy. Investing in a comfortable pair of knee pads made specifically for gardening can really reduce the pain you may feel from the pressure of being on your knees for extended periods.
A quality garden must be grown from seeds. When planting a garden, the best way is to initially start with seeds. Plastic used in nurseries normally end up in landfills. For an garden that helps the environment, plant seeds directly in the garden’s soil or purchase plants grown in organic packaging.
All of the gardening advice contained in the tips above is simple and relatively easy to implement. All you have to do is implement what you have just learned. Monitor how the plants in your garden respond to any new techniques that you choose to use. If a method does not provide good results, try other methods. Be patient and eventually you’ll have a garden that your neighbors will envy.