Use this article to find some ideas on how to grow a better garden this year. Figure out what you need beforehand, so you don’t spend money on equipment that isn’t necessary, or impractical seeds for your climate.
Put sod down the right way. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. Firm the sod down to form a flat, even surface, and fill in any gaps between the sod with a little soil. Water the sod for two weeks and then you can safely walk on it as it will have had time to properly root.
If you want the best results, you need to choose the right soil. The soil may have to be adapted, depending on what types of plants you’re planning for the garden. You can simply use one type of soil to make an artificial area.
The first thing you should do when planning a garden is test the soil. An inexpensive soil report can be used to adjust soil nutrients to optimum levels, which will ensure your garden thrives. A lot of cooperative extension offices can provide this service to you and it is worth knowing what you need to do in order to avoid ruining your plants.
Plants need a sufficient amount of CO2 for proper maximum growth. Most plants will grow better with more CO2. A greenhouse can concentrate the levels of CO2. Plants grown in a greenhouse tend to be more lush and healthier due to the improved growing environment.
Plant bulbs in your garden if you want flowers through spring and summer. Most bulbs are extremely hearty and grow easily. They also come back year after year. Find out which flowers will bloom when and then plant a variety, so that you can have fresh blooms all the way through the spring and summer!
Try “boiling” weeds to get rid of them. Boiling water is an excellent, organic substance for use against weeds. Literally pour the water on the weeds, avoiding any wanted plants near them, and watch the weeds die over time. The water will kill the weeds by destroying the roots and if poured directly on the weeds, will prevent them from growing back.
Use plants to get some autumn color. It doesn’t have to be that way! If you plan properly, you can make your fall garden the most colorful time of the year. Maple trees are an autumn rainbow of crimsons to yellows, and so are beech and dogwood trees. When thinking about shrubs, consider barberry, hydrangea and cotoneaster.
Create a focal point in your garden with a unique plant. A solid focal point will draw peoples attention to your garden, leaving them to admire your unique design. It can be anything, but oftentimes a plant that stands out from its neighbors will do the trick.
It simply requires some research, some work, and some patience. All the work will be worthwhile, when you experience the satisfaction of a thriving garden established by your own effort.