Many people use gardening as a way to relieve stress and pass the time. Without the right information, though, it can be confusing. Gardeners have to know not only how to do the actual gardening, but what tools and equipment are most useful. Some basic advice will give budding gardeners the information needed to get started.
Pay attention to how you lay sod. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Pull out any weeds and break up the soil. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Staggered rows with offset joints is the best way for the sod to be laid out. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. For the best results, you need to water the sod every day for a two week period. After this time the sod will have rooted into the soil and can be now walked on.
Trying to shovel through clay soil can be extremely difficult and tiresome. Simplify the process by putting a bit of wax onto the shovel. The clay won’t stick then. The clay easily slides off the surface while keeping the end from getting rusty.
It may be helpful to let your plants begin their life in a pot and to transfer them to your garden when they’re seedlings. Your plants will have a better chance of getting big and healthy! In addition, it offers you a smaller time frame between plantings. You will have healthy seedlings that are ready to be planted when you get rid of old plants.
Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. It’s a good idea to label distances with a permanent marker. When the need arises to measure something while in your garden, the measuring tool you need will literally be “on hand,” sketched into the handles of your tools.
Plant a variety of flowers to keep your flower garden colorful and interesting. Annuals and biennials can add excitement and interest to your flower garden every season. Fast growing biennials and annuals can enliven a flower bed while letting you change up the look each season and year. Use them to fill gaps between shrubs and perennials in the sun. There are plenty of varieties including petunia, marigold, cosmos, sunflower, hollyhock, and rudbeckia.
Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. A soil analysis is inexpensive and can be used to figure out which nutrients should be added to provide a healthy garden environment. The cost of the analysis will be easily offset by the benefits of a healthy and vibrant crop.
After reading this article, you should now see how beneficial gardening can be. You also now have the basic knowledge base to began gardening on your own. A knowledgeable gardener is most often a successful gardener. If you follow the advice given in this article, you will soon enjoy your own beautiful garden.