The processes involved in successfully horticulture can be complicated. If you want to try your hand at organic horticulture, then be prepared to learn about concepts like pH balance. If you are a newbie, getting into organic horticulture can be daunting. Follow the tips in the article below, and you will be a pro in no time.
Take the proper approach to laying sod. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Remove any weeds, and break the soil up into a fine tilth. Make sure your soil is flat and compacted. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. Lay the sod in straight rows, ensuring the seams meet perfectly. Compact the sod down so you form a flat and even surface, then fill in any crevices within the sod by using 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.
Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. They are useful for filling gaps in between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. There are many flowers you can plant in these gaps. Try marigolds, petunias or sunflowers for a brighter garden.
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. It may also work to add citrus peelings or mothballs to the soil of the plants, because the odor is unpleasant to cats.
Do not mow your lawn close to the bottom. When the grass is a little longer, the roots will be stronger and the lawn becomes more resistant. Short grass is more prone to getting dried out and turning brown.
Using natural materials in the garden will keep pests away. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your garden will repel slugs. Wood ash can be used as mulch, and if put on the base of shrub and tree seedlings, will keep insects away. You can avoid using pesticides that contain harsh chemicals if you employ these techniques.
Place organic mulch close to your vegetables. The mulch will help keep the soil moist for longer periods of time. It will also dramatically decrease weed growth. This will save you having to constantly pull weeds.
It is particularly important for new gardeners to read and follow instructions that come with tools, as well as chemicals. If you fail to follow the directions, you expose yourself to safety hazards or a risk of experiencing adverse reactions. Wear protective gear, and use the products as directed.
When horticulture, don’t use any broad-spectrum pesticides. These pesticides will kill every type of pest in your garden, including beneficial bugs that eat garden pests. These helpful bugs are usually more sensitive to the chemicals than the pests, so if you find yourself in a situation where the good bugs are dying out, you can expect the pest problem to grow. This may then lead to using even more pesticides to eliminate this new problem.
Vegetables get softer as the temperature goes up, so you could damage your vegetables if you pick them during the hottest hours. Cut them with a tool rather than pulling or twisting, otherwise you could damage the plant itself.
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.