So you have always thought that you had to be born with a green thumb in order to have one. However, anyone who has some knowledge about gardening can be able to have a nice looking garden. The article that follows will give you some ideas that can help get you that garden.
Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. It is worth having this information so that crops do not get ruined. Most Cooperative Extension offices provide this service.
Make sure to protect your hands when working in your yard. Dirt and chemicals can be very harsh on your skin. However, the solution to this problem is very easy: gardening gloves. Gloves range from cheaper cottons (that wear easily) to more durable leather (which are more expensive). Look around your local garden supply center to find a pair of gloves that you feel comfortable working with to save your hands.
Know your climate zone. This can be the difference between a thriving garden and one that never grows. Knowing your climate zone will help you choose flowers, fruits, vegetables and trees that are perfect for where you are. This way, you get a bit of a headstart when designing a garden.
Create a non-toxic treatment for black spots on roses. Combine one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of vegetable oil and one drop of liquid detergent in one gallon of water and shake. Fill a spray bottle with this mixture and when the humidity rises, spray your roses down – making sure to get both sides of the leaves.
Identify a plant that will be the most prominent object of the landscape. A solid focal point will draw peoples attention to your garden, leaving them to admire your unique design. Quite often a distinctive plant works well as a point of interest.
Be careful when applying mulch. Too much can suffocate a plant’s roots and prevent moisture from penetrating deeply into the soil. Too little will not be able to suppress weed growth, effectively. An appropriate amount is 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch. Always keep mulch away from a plant’s crown or stems.
Create living walls in your garden. A living wall can take many forms: it can be as tall or low as you want, informal or formal, a single plant or created out of multiple plants. A wall of forsythia, lilac or roses offers eye-level blossoms and fragrance. Some people like the look of a formal, clipped hedge of privet or boxwood. Many flowering shrubs can be adapted to form a hedge, such as hebe, abelia or diosma. For existing structures, such as a fence or trellis, a vine such as clematis or morning glory can cover it in a season, offering a vivid display of vertical color.
If your garden space is limited, opt for a fruit-bearing dwarf tree. City gardens tend to be rather confined, so planting dwarf fruit trees can really enhance the appearance, and quality of your garden. The fruits produced will be the same size as those from regular trees and will begin to produce in as few as three years. Always water adequately while the trees are being established, preferably getting them in the ground during the early months of the spring season. One of the greatest sources of tree information is finding and reaching out to a certified arborist. The guys at Beard’s Tree spent an entire afternoon chatting with me and helping me pick the perfect tree.
With these simple tips it is easier then you thought to have a garden that is just as nice looking as your neighbors. So quit being jealous and do something about it. Before you know it, you will have the garden that everyone desires to have.