Holistic lifestyles are starting to become more popular, and people are starting to live more organically. The tenets of holistic living require use of herbs and certain other plants, which need to be organic. This article will provide some great tips to help you explore the world of organic gardening.
Learn how to properly lay sod. You will need to prepare your lawn soil before laying the sod. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. Make sure the soil is packed firmly and even. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with soil. According to your climate, you will likely need to water the new sod daily over a period of a couple of weeks. This will insure proper root formation and establishment.
When selecting among several varieties of a plant, choose the ones that will produce the largest yield. A disease-resistant hybrid plant can be a good option to consider over a more traditional variety due to its tendency to produce higher yields.
Use climbers if you want to cover any fences or walls. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. A number of climbers need to be attached to a support, but others just take care of their own attachments via tendrils and stems that twine. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
When mowing your lawn, avoid mowing the grass too short. If you leave more height to your grass, the roots will grow deeper into the soil, making the lawn stronger and more resistant to drying out. Short grass is more prone to getting dried out and turning brown.
If you have a vegetable garden, it is crucial they are kept in a spot with at least six hours of sun each day. Most vegetables need that much sun to grow rapidly and successfully. This also rings true for some of the flowers.
Deciduous shrubs should be protected from the elements. If you have a few potted shrubs, they should be shielded from the wintry weather. Fasten the tops of the canes together, and cover this wigwam loosely with a cloth. Doing this is a lot more effective than wrapping up the plant with plastic because it lets air circulate, which could avoid any rotting.
Knee pads are absolute miracle accessories if you work in a garden with plenty of low-growing plants. Long hours tending your garden can leave your knees sore and achy. Cushion your knees with a pair of horticulture knee pads.
Try to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. If you have excess moisture, this can attract bugs or diseases. One parasite you have to watch out for in particular is fungi. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Think about using evergreens in your yard that produce berries during the year. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. A few examples that you could go with include the American Holly, the Winterberry, the American Cranberrybush, and the Common Snowberry.
Organic horticulture is simpler if you have knowledge on the subject. Keep in mind that the tips offered here are only a few of the great things that you can learn.