There is no better time than now! It can be confusing trying to figure out what to do and where to start, but don’t worry, the following article will help you out. The tips mentioned in this article will help you as you get started!
Do not improperly lay your new sod. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. The soil should always receive adequate moisture. You should lay your sod staggered, and have the joints offset. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. You will have to water the sod every day for 2 weeks, and then it should be firmly rooted to the ground, and able to be walked on.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. Label the distances using a permanent marker. Next time you work in the garden, you can have a larger ruler with you!
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid. Pull out any weeds and break up the soil. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Your sod should be watered everyday for at least two weeks, then it will root itself and walk on it.
A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. 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 locations offer this service, and you can prevent ruining a few crops by identifying the specific steps to take.
Fall edibles are a wonderful addition to your garden. A pumpkin makes a great container, and costs less than a clay pot. After cutting an opening and removing the meat and seeds from inside the pumpkin, use Wilt-Pruf, sprayed throughout the inside and cut edges, and prevent rot from occurring. Now this is completed, it is time to get planting!
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. Another option is to protect your plants by lacing them with offensive entities, such as peels from citrus fruit or even moth balls from your closet.
If powdery mildew appears on your plants, don’t purchase expensive chemical solutions. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. Once a week, spray this solution on your plants and your mildew should disappear in no time. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won’t damage your plants.
When you are mowing your lawn do not cut it too closely to the dirt. Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. If you have short grass, you will have short roots and you will dry out your grass.
Carefully plan your garden first. This way, when the sprouts start shooting up, you can recall where you planted each plant. You can also avoid losing the smaller plants, or in larger gardens, the small plant groups.
Deciduous shrubs need protection from the cold. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. Rather than using clay pots or planters for your lettuce and kale, plant them in a pumpkin! Simply cut the pumpkin open at the top, so you can remove the seeds and insides. After that, spray Wilt-Pruf along the edges and on the inside of the pumpkin, so it doesn’t rot. Once you’ve done that, you can plant!
After reading this article, you should be on the right path to having your own garden. You thought perhaps that you knew what to do before, but look at how ready you are now! The ideas within this article have hopefully gotten your enthusiasm up for some wonderful gardening adventures of your own!