There are so many natural alternatives available to you if you want to turn your garden organic. You just need to learn them and use them.
When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Compact the soil lightly and firmly, and be sure to create a flat surface. Dampen the soil completely. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.
Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. Lay the tools down on the floor, then place a measuring tape along the handle. It’s a good idea to label distances with a permanent marker. Now, the next time you’re down in the garden, you’ll have a handy ruler without needing to look anywhere else.
For the best results, select the right kind of soil. Find out more about the plants you like and which type of soil is best. You could also isolate a certain area, and fill it with just one kind of soil.
Check your soil before you begin planting your garden. You can do a soil sample analysis for an affordable fee and then know what you need to properly treat your soil with so you can grow the best plants. The cost of the analysis will be easily offset by the benefits of a healthy and vibrant crop.
Try to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. If your plants get too moist, they may get sick or infested with parasites. A commonplace plant parasite is fungi. Although fungi can be treated with sprays, it is possible to preempt the problem and very important to plant health that you do so.
Do you want fresh mint leaves without having to worry about them growing too quickly? You can slow their growth rate by planting them in a garden container or large pot instead. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!
Think about berry-producing trees that are green year round for your garden. These plants will look good year-round, even during the winter, when your other plants have lost their bloom. These plants can help you get some color during the winter months: Winterberry, Common Snowberry, American Holly, and American Cranberrybush.
Be sure to buy a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool that you can use for your garden. You can make horticulture much more comfortable on your knees by using a portable garden stool. Also having a garden usually requires moving heavy dirt and objects, so investing in a wheelbarrow is a very sound investment.
Use only pesticides designed to kill the specific type of pest in your garden, and avoid the broad-spectrum kind. These pesticides will also kill any beneficial insects that consume the pests you are trying to get rid of. Many times good bugs will be more sensitive to harmful pesticides than the ones you are trying to get rid of. If your good bug population goes down, your problem will only get worse. This might result in you having to use even more pesticides to get rid of the pests.
A garden can be planted by anybody. However, those who have taken time to do research will gain the most from their crops. Make sure to use these organic tips.