Horticulture can be very complicated, when you look at it more closely. If you plan on horticulture the natural way, you might have to understand certain complexities like the soil’s PH balance and bug fighting concoctions. If you are a beginner, take things slowly. Follow the tips in the article below, and you will be a pro in no time.
Pay attention to how you lay sod. Before laying sod, you have to make sure the soil is accurately prepared. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Compact the soil lightly and firmly, and be sure to create a flat surface. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Compact the sod down so you form a flat and even surface, then fill in any crevices within the sod by using 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.
Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. The clay easily slides off the surface while keeping the end from getting rusty.
Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is essential to the growth of plants because of its role in photosynthesis. Plants will not thrive if they don’t have an adequate amount of CO2. A great way to reach these CO2 levels is through a greenhouse. In this environment, the CO2 levels are kept high so the plants can experience optimal growing conditions.
Take the time to remove weeds. Weeds can kill a precious garden. To help with the removal, you can use white vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar is harmful to most plants. Use a spray bottle full of white vinegar and you won’t have to use your hands.
Set your mower blades higher, so you don’t cut the grass too short. If you let your grass grow, the roots will go deeper and make your lawn more resistant to dryness. The shorter the grass is, the shorter the roots are, which leads to a dry lawn.
Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees, you should consider protecting them, especially if they do best in warm environments. Tie together the tops, and then use a sheet or blanket to cover the wigwam loosely. This method is much better than wrapping the plant in plastic, as it allows air to circulate, which can prevent rotting.
If you find yourself in love with mint leaves, but not with how they dominate a garden, read on. You can stunt the growth of mint by planting it inside a container or super-sized bowl. This container can be placed in the soil if you prefer the look of mint in your garden, and it will continue to contain the roots of your mint and prevent it from taking over.
Look for evergreen variants that produce berries. These types of trees can offer your garden a splash of color, especially during the winter when all other plants and trees have lost their hues. Some examples of evergreens that produce berries and color in the wintertime are the American Holly, Cranberrybush, the Winterberry and the Common Snowberry.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.