Do you always admire your neighbor’s pristine garden. You might think that your neighbor has a secret formula to a lovely garden. The truth is that there is no gardening “secret”. It just requires you to properly be looking after your plants, and a little know how. Begin your search for gardening knowledge with the tips below and get ready to develop an even greener thumb.
To defend your garden from errant dogs, spray something with a strong scent, including aftershave or old perfume around the perimeter of the garden. This kind of scent is going to mask the scents your dog is attracted to. If your dog has no interesting smell to follow, the garden will not be a tempting place.
Don’t you hate it how fresh mint leaves take over all of your garden, even though you love them? Rein their growth; you can do this simply by planting mint inside a larger garden container or pot. If you prefer, you can even place the container in the ground, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. Many nurseries offer a soil analysis service, which will tell you what nutrients your soil is lacking and what you can do about it. You can often find Cooperative Extension offices that provide this service, which can help to make your garden flourish.
Use a fence to border your garden before you start to plant it. A protective barrier that protects a garden from animals gives plants the chance they need to grow from seeds to maturity.
Sod should be laid correctly. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Remove any weeds, and break the soil up into a fine tilth. When the soil is clean, pack it tightly and create a flat surface. Now make sure the soil is thoroughly dampened. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Firm sod until there is an even, flat surface; fill in gaps with soil. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.
As you can probably see, each of these simple suggestions is easy to implement. All it takes is some basic information and then you can set out to apply those ideas within your garden. Watch your garden to see how different plants respond to these new techniques. When one technique fails, try something new. Be patient, and before long, your garden will be the envy of your neighbors.
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