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Try These Tips To Make Gardening Easier

Does everyone else’s grass always seem to look greener? You might think your neighbor has got a magic formula to their lovely garden. In reality, there’s no secret method for creating a gorgeous garden. All you need is the knowledge about how to care for your plants the right way. Read this article for the gardening advice that you need on your quest.

Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil. Break the soil into fine tilth and make sure you remove any weeds as well. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. After two weeks of daily watering, the sod should be rooted; at this time, it is now safe to walk on it.

Shoveling clay is very difficult and lots of work because the clay is hard and sticks to the shovel, making it tough to handle. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.

Plants that result in a larger yield should be higher on your priority list when planning the garden. A lot of times a hybrid that will tolerate cold weather or disease will give you a higher output than heirlooms.

Start your plants in containers before transferring them to the garden. Once the plant is hardy enough, plant it in your garden. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. When you remove your mature plants, the next batch of seedlings should be ready.

Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.

When winter arrives, you could save some plants by placing them inside your house. You might want to transplant your most valuable varieties. Cautiously avoid the roots while digging, and put your plant into a perfectly sized pot.

Most of these ideas are quite simple and require little advance skill. Now that you have learned what to do, it is time to apply it. Analyze the response that your plants have to your gardening methods carefully. 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.

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