TIP! Learn the proper way to lay sod. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil.

Gardening is considered by many to be a therapeutic and relaxing hobby. When it comes to gardening there are some basic “need to know” things such as: knowing your soils, which equipment to use and the time frame for planting your seeds. You will find useful answers to your gardening questions and some general horticulture advice within this article.

TIP! Clay soil can be very hard to work with, and you will often find that it sticks to the shovel. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier.

Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. There are some perennials that do not appeal to slugs, such as those with leaves that are hairy and tough with a bad taste. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.

TIP! Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly.

Check your soil before you begin planting your garden. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! A lot of cooperative extension offices can provide this service to you and it is worth knowing what you need to do in order to avoid ruining your plants.

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TIP! Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. Perhaps you can save your most expensive or resistant plants.

Your plants will reach maximum growth if they have a sufficient supply of carbon dioxide. A higher level of CO2 will help plants grow better. A greenhouse will provide plants with an environment rich in carbon dioxide. If you have a greenhouse, keep CO2 levels high.

TIP! When you mow your lawn, do not mow it close to the ground. Higher grass has deeper roots, meaning a healthier lawn that will be less likely to dry out.

Seeds should be soaked in a dark area overnight. Place a couple of seeds in a tiny container, and fill it with water nearly to the top. This will give your seeds a healthy head start in the growth process. Seeds that are grown in this way have a higher survival and maturity rate.

TIP! You never want to do any gardening with open wounds, so make sure everything is completely healed up before you begin; otherwise, you run the risk of your cut being exposed to dangerous chemicals and dirt. A cut can become infected if dirt is allowed to enter the cut while gardening.

Do not mow your lawn too short. By leaving your grass a little higher off the ground, it give the roots a chance to grow deep into the soil which makes the lawn stronger, and that helps keep it from drying out. Short grass tends to have shallow roots, which can cause dried out, brown patches to occur.

TIP! It is important to keep the temperature set between 65 and 75 degrees, if you wish to raise plants in the home. It is important for them to be kept in this temperature range if they are to grow properly.

You must protect tender, deciduous shrubs. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected. Join them together at the top, and use a blanket or old sheet to cover them. This tactic is better than utilizing plastic, because it will allow air to circulate.

TIP! One way to ensure efficiency while gardening is to keep your tools close by. You should use a large pail and wear sturdy pants that have several pockets.

You should make sure to divide your irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. Lift the dead bulbous irises. The bulbs split in your hand, then you replant them, and they will most likely flower next year. Use a knife to divide the rhizomes. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. A strong offshoot is needed on every piece that you decide to plant. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.

TIP! Seeds that have sprouted don’t require the extra warmth that was needed before they sprouted. You can begin to move them further from the heat source as they become seedlings.

The best gardens start with seeds, as opposed to plants. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.

TIP! Cover your flower beds with two or three inches of compost or organic mulch. This is a good way to keep weed growth at bay and add nutrients that you need in your garden.

As this article indicates, horticulture is a relaxing and gratifying hobby, as long as you have the proper knowledge. Create aromatic flowers, delicious vegetables, sweet fruit and lush foliage with a relaxing, enjoyable hobby. Remember the tips in this article to have your own beautiful garden.

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