TIP! Shoveling clay is very difficult and lots of work because the clay is hard and sticks to the shovel, making it tough to handle. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier.

A garden makes a home look great but does even more than that. It is even more than a hobby for the green thumbs! Its a way that people can find peace, and feel tranquil. You can really pull off some miracles if you are a good gardener.

TIP! It is important to do your homework so you choose plants that produce higher yields. A hybrid designed for your weather, and resistant to local diseases, will give a better yield than non-hybrids.

When mowing the lawn, don’t mow the grass all the way down to the root. Keeping grass with a little more height makes it healthier. This allows the roots to grow more deeply and makes the blades of grass more resistant to becoming dry and discolored. If the grass is too short, it produces shallow roots and that leads to a lawn with brown spots and dried-out patches.

TIP! Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. These creatures can wreak havoc on a garden in a short time.

Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. This way, you will remember the places you planted your seeds when they start sprouting. In addition, your small plants or groups of plants that are limited in number won’t become lost if you have a large garden.

Knee Pads

TIP! Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. Alternatively, you can try putting mothballs, citrus peel or anything else with an odor that cats find distasteful in the soil surrounding the plants.

If many of the plants in your garden grow close to the ground, some gardening knee pads will prevent pain and knee injuries. Long hours tending your garden can leave your knees sore and achy. Pick up a good pair of horticulture knee pads to help cushion your knees.

TIP! Set your mower blades higher, so you don’t cut the grass too short. If you allow your grass to grow a little longer, the roots will go down deeper into the dirt, helping the grass grow better and remain hydrated.

Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. Excess moisture on a plant will invite unwanted parasites or diseases to the plant. One parasite you have to watch out for in particular is fungi. It is possible to get rid of fungi after it appears with anti-fungal sprays, but it’s better to spray at-risk areas before fungi appear.

TIP! Instead of leaving clumps of irises intact, divide them so that your flowers can grow in a more healthy manner. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants.

Do you enjoy your mint leaves, but can’t stand how they dominate your garden? You can control the growth of the mint leaves by growing them in a large container rather than in your garden. If you prefer, you can even place the container in the ground, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.

TIP! Always fertilize your garden. If you decide to use manure, which is great for your plants, choose a pathogen free commercial product.

Try dividing the irises. You can get more irises by dividing the overgrown clumps. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. For optimum viability, plant your new cuttings into the ground without delay.

TIP! Start your peas in a protected indoors environment rather than outside. The seeds will grow better in your home if planted there first.

Use natural pest control when possible. Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Insects can be deterred if you use wood ash instead of mulch around trees and shrub seedlings. These methods prevent use of harsh chemicals.

Organic Mulch

TIP! It is easy to quickly prepare your perennial garden ground. Simple slice into the soil with a spade, flip the turf, and mulch the area with 3 to 4 inches of wood chips.

All of your vegetable plants should have approximately two inches, just outside the stem, of organic mulch placed around them. The organic mulch will keep moisture in the soil for a little longer. This is also efficient in preventing weeds from growing. You’ll save a ton of time if you don’t have to constantly pull out weeds.

TIP! When your seeds sprout, they will not be in need of the warmth they needed to germinate. It’s important to move the plants away from any heat source as they grow larger.

Your garden can really benefit from evergreens featuring berries. Your yard will then have bright spots of color all year round, which is especially cheerful in the winter when all of your other flora is bare or colorless. Some evergreens that will provide winter color are the American Holly, Common Snowberry, American Cranberrybush, and the Winterberry.

TIP! When maintaining your organic garden, try lightly petting your seedlings — either with the palm of your hand or something like a sheet of cardboard — once or twice each day. That may sound like a silly thing to do, but it’s been proven to help plants grow larger than they would otherwise.

Use the advice given to you and turn your garden into a wonderland. When your plants are blooming and alive, you will be so glad you did. Gardening can work wonders on a hectic and stressful lifestyle, and provide many benefits to just about anyone willing to work at it, so get outside and enjoy.

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