TIP! Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse.

There is no better time than now. It can be confusing trying to figure out what to do and where to start, but don’t worry, the following article will help you out. Read on for ideas to get your creative juices going and reach your goals for your garden.

TIP! Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night.

Sod should be laid correctly. Start by preparing your soil with care. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.

TIP! Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. By utilizing quick-growing biennials and annuals, not only will you be brightening up your flower bed, you can also alter its look each season and each year.

Save some plants in the winter by bringing them indoors. You can save the ones you spent the most money on or the ones that are resistant. Dig carefully around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot.

TIP! Do you enjoy fresh mint leaves though hate how they grow so fast and take over your entire garden? You should plant the mint in a rather large garden container or pot instead so you can monitor growth. You can plant the container into the soil if you want to, but the container will restrict the roots, and make sure that the plant doesn’t run rampant in your garden.

Use proper soil for the best results. Depending on what type of plants you have, your soil may or may not be adapted. You can also make an artificial area with one variety of soil.

TIP! Irises should be divided. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants.

When autumn has arrived, you must plant everything you want to eat before winter. Clay pots are boring, so replace those ordinary lettuce and kale pots with pumpkins. Once you cut an opening at the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides, spray the inside and edges with Wilt-Pruf to keep the pumpkin from rotting. You are prepared to plant after this is done.

TIP! Learn the ideal times for harvesting your vegetables. Most vegetables have a relatively small harvesting window when they will taste best.

Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. Place some seeds into a small container, then fill it with water until it is almost to the top. When you do this, you hydrate your seeds and they can start growing. Seeds that are cultivated this way are more likely to survive and mature properly.

TIP! To give them a helping hand, pour the water you obtain after steaming vegetables over your plants. Used teabags or grounds from coffee are a great way to add acid to the soil.

When mowing your lawn, avoid mowing the grass too short. Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. If you have short grass, you will have short roots and you will dry out your grass.

TIP! Water your garden carefully. A soaker hose is a great way to water all of the plants at once, and will save you a lot of time.

Shelter your deciduous shrubs. Shrubs that are planted in containers are especially susceptible to frost and must be carefully protected. Tie the tops together, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.

TIP! If you have problems keeping the dog out of the garden, spray things like aftershave, perfume or other scents on the grass surrounding the garden. This will help mask the scents that attract your dog, and will make your garden a less interesting place for your pet to be.

Create your own garden from scratch with seeds, rather than plants. It’s better for the environment to begin from seed. Plastics from nurseries aren’t recycled often, which causes them to go into landfills; so try starting with seeds, or buying from organic nurseries.

TIP! Vegetables are softer in the heat of the hottest part of the day; even gently picking them at that time can damage them. See to it that you cut their connection to the vine as opposed to twisting them, because twisting could hurt the plant.

To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Wood ash, when used as mulch, can help keep insects away from trees and shrubs. These are methods you can use to get rid of the need to use pesticides.

TIP! Try using aspirin water for fighting plant diseases. You will need 2 gallons of water and one and one half aspirin mixed together for a wonderful add-on to your plants.

Pick one plant to serve as your garden’s focal point. In any good garden design, a focal point will grab the eye and hold it there. A perfect example of a focal point is using a plant that doesn’t bear any resemblance to those that surround it.

TIP! Indoor plants need an environment that is between 65 and 75 degrees. They need the temperature to be that warm so that they can grow.

Now that you have read this article, you are better prepared than ever before in the field of horticulture. You may have thought you were already set to start, but you’re in an even better place now! The tips in the article should have set you on the right path to having a great garden and growing like the professionals.

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