Gardening Is Easy With The Right Information (3)
Gardening Is Easy With The Right Information
Most people appreciate a well-maintained garden that is full of life and color. Unfortunately, gardening can be complicated, time consuming and expensive. However, by increasing your knowledge of gardening techniques, the past time can become very enjoyable and relatively inexpensive. This article contains some essential gardening tips, advice and ideas.
When raising new plants, it’s helpful to identify the best soil composition that fits your plant. Plants require 3 major nutrients to grow phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium. Learning the special composition for your soil will usually lead to the best plant growth possible. On the other hand having the wrong composition will generally result in average or stunted growth.
Build a 4 x 4 x 4 compost pile in your backyard. Not only does this provide you with year round fertilizer that you can use at will; it also helps the environment by not supporting the production of dangerous fertilizers which can cause toxic runoff in the sewer system. Larger piles are usually unmanageable so make sure to make your pile fit the 4 x 4 x 4 ft model.
Save toilet paper tubes and use them to grow seedlings. Simply slit the bottom of the tube several times and fold the flaps over to make a small pod in which to start your seeds. When it’s time to transplant your seedlings, you can peel away the tube or plant the whole thing in the ground”�the paper should decompose.
Plant smaller bulb plants in rock gardens because the bulb plant’s height will have the right scale combined with other smaller plants in your rock garden. Bulb plants might otherwise get lost in a larger flower bed. The rocks hold heat that protects the bulbs from late frosts.
To keep your lawn looking great when there’s a water shortage, set the blades of your lawnmower to their highest height. Doing this will allow your grass to go dormant, keeping it looking fresh with minimal water. Be sure to change your blades back to their normal setting when you’re able to water your grass normally.
Mow your lawn correctly. Reduce the height of long grass in several stages rather than at one time, as this prevents the lawn going brown. Let long grass dry completely, or it will look ragged after mowing. Mow hard-wearing lawns when the grass reaches 2.5 inches, and fine lawns when the grass reaches 1 to 2 inches. In late spring, when growing conditions are good, you may have to mow your lawn twice a week, whereas in late fall every 2 weeks is sufficient. Use grass clippings as mulch under mature trees and shrubs, or add them to the compost pile.
As stated in the introduction to this article, gardening can be complicated, but by applying some of the advice contained in this article, you could be on your way to designing, creating and cultivating your dream garden. Alternatively, maybe the tips above have expanded your gardening knowledge and inspired you to volunteer to help with some community gardening projects.