Does the grass look greener when you look to the other side? Has your neighbor got a secret which makes their garden look so much better than yours? Truthfully, there is no super-secret formula for a gorgeous garden. All you need is some knowledge on the proper care of your garden’s plants. You can start educating yourself by checking out the gardening tips that follow.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
Use climbers if you want to cover any fences or walls. Climbers have many different uses and spread quickly. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. Some types of climbers support themselves naturally through twining stems or tendrils, but others will have to be attached to something. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
When winter arrives, you could save some plants by placing them inside your house. You may want to save the most beautiful or expensive ones. Dig carefully around their roots and place them into a pot.
Stink bugs can damage your garden, especially if you garden in the fall. These bugs like to eat beans, peppers, tomatoes, and many kinds of fruits. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.
Bulbs will give you wonderful flowers that you can enjoy in early spring and right through the summer. These are hearty choices, choices that will reward you for years despite the little effort that is involved in their care. Various bulbs do not all bloom at the same time, and if you employ this knowledge wisely, your garden can provide freshly blooming flowers for half the year.
Plant a little catnip or wheatgrass in the area surrounding the plants that your cat is devouring. It may also work to add citrus peelings or mothballs to the soil of the plants, because the odor is unpleasant to cats.
Deciduous shrubs should be protected from the elements. Shrubs in pots especially need special care in the colder weather. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. This is better than using plastic to wrap the plant, as more air can circulate.
Fertilizer is important when you garden. Manure can be effective, though you should use products which minimize pathogens. You can choose from many different fertilizers. Do not worry about the kind of fertilizer you end up using but definitely put down something.
Most of these tips are easy to apply in your own setting. Put the knowledge you have just learned to good use by gardening in a creative way. Monitor your plants carefully to assess whether you are getting the results you want from certain techniques or approaches. If you find that it’s not working for you, try something different. With a little patience, you will end with a garden all of your neighbors will be jealous of.