A garden is not just something you do to decorate. Gardening can be an activity for a lot people. It is not limited to simply green-thumbed enthusiasts. It is a great way to for one to relax, and to enjoy and appreciate nature. You will improve your skills and feel closely connected to your garden.
If you are gardening for the first time ever, read and follow all directions and instructions that come with your chemicals and tools. Failing to heed this simple advice can mean skin irritation that you are going to remember, and not pleasantly at that. Protect your plants and yourself by knowing how to correctly use all of your gardening implements.
Avoid sun damage by dressing appropriately whenever you will be gardening in the sun. Sunglasses, a nice shady hat, and sunscreen are very helpful. If you properly protect yourself from the sun, you will not get a sun burn and you will decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
A good green garden should start from seeds and not plants. Not only is this more of an effective method for gardening, but it's also more environmentally-friendly. Seeds eliminate the waste of plastic containers from nurseries which rarely get recycled. There are some nurseries, however, that send their plants out in organic potting materials.
Make sure air can circulate around your plants, and keep leaves moisture-free. Excess moisture on a plant will invite unwanted parasites or diseases to the plant. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom 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 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. The container can be planted in the ground, and it will still prevent the plant from dominating the garden.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. Others, though, are disliked by slugs and snails. Those with rough leaves or an unappetizing taste will be less desired by slugs and snails. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
Get more value out of your property. Landscaping has one of the highest returns you can get from home improvement. You can raise your home value up to 20 percent! Look for hardy, low moisture plants that are naturally suited for your region.
You don't have to plant just for spring and summer. Consider what are often beautiful colors in the fall. However, that does not have to be the case! The autumn season can be one of the best growing seasons and is certainly the most colorful. You can find beautiful maple and beech trees in many different fall colors. When thinking about shrubs, consider barberry, hydrangea and cotoneaster.
If you live near an area where there is a lot of traffic, store your tools safely after use. Do not leave your belongings in sight, and get a lock for the garage or shed where you keep your tools; you do not want your valuables to go missing.
You can use boiling water to get rid of weeds naturally. This is a safe way to eliminate weeds, as this will not damage the soil. Soak weeds with freshly boiled water, just being mindful to not afflict damage on plants you want to keep. The boiling water will damage the roots of the weeds and will usually prevent further growth.
Water your plants with some rainwater to be a 'green' gardener. You can save money by using this free natural resource collected in a container or barrel set in an open space. Think of this alternative choice; stay natural and save money.
Try growing some cat grass or wheat grass in the vicinity of the plants that your cat likes to eat. You can put something over the soil which surrounds the plants which has a bad smell to cats to deter them.
Use the knowledge you have gained here to resuscitate your garden today. You will be glad you did when your garden is full of thriving and blooming plants. Gardening is a way of relieving stress and making the world a prettier place so go out and start growing things and bringing life back to the world.