TIP! Try not to cause shock to your plants by gradually changing their conditions and temperature. Try to place them in the new area for a couple of hours at a time the first day.

While organic gardening is normally extremely enjoyable and relaxing, it can also cause you major problems if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. If you want to be a great organic gardener, follow these hints.

TIP! Clay is difficult to dig through with a shovel, as it is sticky and compact. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax.

Take the proper approach to laying sod. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. When the soil is clean, pack it tightly and create a flat surface. Dampen the soil completely. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. After two weeks of daily watering, the sod should be rooted; at this time, it is now safe to walk on it.

Mature Plants

TIP! When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight.

Start your plants in containers before transferring them to the garden. They are then more likely to survive and to become thriving, mature plants. In addition, it offers you a smaller time frame between plantings. Your seedlings will be ready to be planted when you remove your old mature plants.

TIP! Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. In addition, you could put an item on the soil’s top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.

Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. Annuals and biennials that grow quickly can really wake up your flower beds, and they allow you to have a new garden look every season or every year, if you choose to. These kinds of flowers are also excellent for filling in gaps 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.

TIP! It is a good idea to invest in a good pair of knee pads, made specifically for gardening. They can be very helpful when working close to the ground on low-growth plants.

There is no need to purchase a costly chemical if your plants develop powdery mildew. Instead, combine baking soda with water and liquid soap. Spray this mixture on your plants weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.

TIP! For weeds that aren’t in the middle of your plants, use boiling water to kill their roots. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water.

Ensure that your plants are kept dry, and aerated daily. Moisture on plants is sure to attract disease and parasites. An example of a common plant parasite is fungi. There are many effective fungicide products that will prevent fungi growth and clear up any existing problems as well.

TIP! Your plants should always be kept in an aerated, dry area. Parasites are attracted to the moisture on plants.

Consider planting evergreens in your garden that produce 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. A few of the most vivid plants in winter are American Holly, Winterberry, Snowberry and Cranberrybush.

TIP! Do you love fresh mint leaves but hate how they quickly grow to take over your garden? Control their expansion by confining them to a large pot. Bury the container so that your plant does not stand out.

Give them a nutritious drink by using the water that you boiled your veggies in. You can also acidify soil for rhododendrons, gardenias and more by using coffee or tea grounds. A natural cure for plant fungus is chamomile tea. Sprinkle some on the plant, and see if it works.

TIP! Read instructions before using any gardening tool you aren’t familiar with, including pesticides or other chemicals. Use the tools only as directed in the instructions.

Use cologne or other items with a distinct scent to keep your canine out of the landscaping. Your dog will find more interesting scents to explore elsewhere and leave your garden alone.

TIP! If you are growing a vegetable garden, you may find that pests can be difficult to control. It’s wise to avoid harsh insecticides if you plan on consuming your fresh fruits and vegetables.

Try to plant an English garden with a mix of plants with different heights, all within the same garden bed. If you want a more organized look, select plants that will grow to the same height and put them in the same bed.

TIP! Choose one plant to be the focal point. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point.

If you’re really serious about environmentally-friendly gardening practices, refrain from developing some of your land and use it as an animal habitat. You will then find that the wildlife that can help you create a garden that can flourish become present; from birds to insects, they’ll be around your garden and help your produce grow better.

TIP! Make sure any open cuts are completely protected from dirt and chemicals before you go to work in your garden. A cut will likely become infected if it is exposed to dirt when gardening.

Organic gardening is a more involved form of horticulture than is often realized. Organic gardens require much patience and hard work, but you can have a wonderfully beautiful organic garden. Using the tips that you just learned you can improve your skills in organic horticulture.

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