TIP! Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier.

Learn techniques that can enable you to grow a more beautiful garden for yourself, your family or your work. These tips will help you save money on equipment, and select the best methods to use in your garden.

TIP! Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant.

When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. Water the soil until it is saturated. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with soil. You will have to water the sod every day for 2 weeks, and then it should be firmly rooted to the ground, and able to be walked on.

Select plant varieties capable of producing large yields. A plant that is resistant to disease, or one that is tolerant of extreme weather, will deliver a higher yield.

TIP! Set your mower blades higher, so you don’t cut the grass too short. If you let your grass grow, the roots will go deeper and make your lawn more resistant to dryness.

Turn the handles of your garden tools into measuring rulers. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. You can label distances using a permanent marker. The next time you find yourself in your garden, you will have one large ruler right at your fingertips.

Flower Garden

TIP! Fertilize your garden regularly. Manure is probably the best fertilizer.

Plant a variety of flowers to keep your flower garden colorful and interesting. Annuals and biennials can add excitement and interest to your flower garden every season. These usually grow quickly, and provide an easy-to-change solution to making your flower beds bright and beautiful. They allow you to select different flowers from one year or season to the next. In an area that is sunny, they make good plants to place in the gaps found between shrubs and perennials. You should get varieties such as cosmos, petunia, rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflowers or marigold.

TIP! Purchase an inexpensive gardening kneeling pad, as well as a wheelbarrow or wagon. Spending lots of time close to the ground while working tends to be hard on your knees, that is why it is important to have a portable and lightweight garden stool that you can use for comfort.

Pre-soak your seeds to keep them healthy. Place a couple seeds in each container, then fill it close to full with water. This hydrates your seeds and jump-starts their growth. Your seeds will then have the best chance possible to survive to maturity.

TIP! Know when is the best time to harvest your vegetables. Different vegetables have different, ideal times that they should be picked for best flavor.

Fertilizing your garden is essential. Manure is probably the best fertilizer. Choose a commercial product to reduce the risks of pathogen exposure. There are numerous types of fertilizers available. What type you select is less of a concern; any kind of fertilizer is better than none.

TIP! Gardening can be very relaxing. Countless methods of unwinding from the stresses of life exist.

Whether you have been gardening for a few days or a few decades, you must never deviate from the instructions on the labeling of all implements and chemicals. If you ignore them, you can irritate your skin in most painful ways. Be careful when it comes to your body, and always follow directions.

TIP! Are you a parent? If you are, try planting some strawberries like everbearing strawberries in your garden. Small kids enjoy picking fruit themselves out of a garden.

Know the ideal times to harvest each of the vegetables you plant. Every vegetable has a proper time to be picked in order to capture the perfect flavor. For instance, zucchini and baby peas have the best taste when you pick them early. Contrarily, tomatoes should be left on the vine until maximum ripeness has occurred. So, be aware of the best harvest time to pick your veggies.

TIP! If you have recently sustained a cut, you should allow it to heal entirely before toiling in your garden. If you simply cannot wait to get back to gardening, you should at least cover the cut to protect it.

You can spray scents such as after-shave and cologne around your garden to deter your dog. This will help to cover the scents that are attracting the dog, and make it less of an appealing place for your dog to be.

TIP! Use this simple tip to get your perennial garden ready in a flash. Simply slice into the ground with a spade, flip the top layer of soil, and then cover it with several inches of wood chips.

You simply need to do your homework, spend some time working outdoors, and cultivate your patience. Your efforts will pay off when you experience the joy of watching something that you created grow.

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