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.
When designing a garden area of your yard, a good place to start is with a tree or hedge as the anchor or structural foundation to your garden. Plant grasses and perennials around the taller centerpiece plant to add texture, color and flow. In time, these plants will fill out as they grow and look splendid against the taller trees or shrubs in the background.
Plan your gardening accordingly to the weather. If you live in an area where the ground freezes during the winter, do not plant anything before frost is expected. If you live in a warmer area, take a break during the warmest months of summer to avoid wasting too much water.
Check for weeds often in your garden as they will leech nutrients from the soil. Weeds can grow at a high rate of speed and overwhelm the resources available to your plants. Take the time to check for weeds at least twice a week to catch them while they are new shoots.
When your summer blooms have bloomed and faded away, remember to dead-head the flowers. This means pinching off the flower heads. This will encourage new flowers to bloom longer next year, and it will also strengthen the plant. Since the flower heads have seeds, you can also save the flower heads that you have pinched off for planting at another time.
In you have a pond in your garden, make sure you maintain it throughout the year. In order to keep a pond healthy, you need to ensure that the water is clear and that plants do not take over. Remember, with the right balance of light, oxygen and air, aquatic plants and wildlife will thrive.
If the soil in your garden has a high concentration of alkaline, try mixing some coffee grounds into your garden’s soil. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. This will allow your vegetables and greenery to really thrive.
If you are looking for an all-natural, organic way to weed your garden, consider ‘boiling off’ the weeds. Boiling water is a very safe alternative to other potent herbicides. Carefully pour boiling water right on the weeds, but be careful not to pour it on the plants you want. The roots of the weeds are damaged by the boiling water which, in turn, inhibits further growth.
Pest control can become a major issue. You can’t use chemicals as they’re the last thing you want to be eating when you enjoy the fruits of your labor. There is only one way to effectively control pests in your garden, and that is to stay vigilant in your efforts. If you find any unwanted pests, try removing them by hand.
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.