Many people want a nice garden. For a garden full of healthy, vibrant plants, though, there are many factors you need to consider. Gardening takes a lot of effort, planning, time and work, but it can be a great deal of fun. Some basic tips will help make your work more efficient, making both the process and result more fun.
To attract insects that will benefit your garden, plant heather. Bees love heather, and it’s one of the earliest sources of nectar for the bees when they emerge during springtime. Spiders, ground beetles and other useful insects are drawn to heather beds because they don’t tend to get jostled around. Keep this in mind and always wear gloves when you prune your heather!
Split up irises. The more you divide clusters of irises, the more your irises will multiply. Try to life the bulbous irises when foliage begins to die. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. Get rid of the center and keep the new pieces you cut from the outside. Make sure that every cutting contains a viable offshoot. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. If you leave a bit more height, the grass roots will get deeper, making your lawn stronger. Short grass means short roots and dead grass.
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. Some must be tied to supports, but some climbers use twining stems or tendrils and attach themselves to those surfaces. Reliable varieties include clematis, honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine and climbing roses.
One particular plant should be the focal point of your garden. A good garden design will have a focal point which captivates attention. The best focal points are those plants that really stand out from those that are adjacent.
A good way to add to the compost pile is putting your organic materials in a plastic garbage bag. This can be done in the fall season after you have raked leaves in your yard. These bagged leaves can then be stored in a warm environment. You have the perfect compost material you can add to your garden after the spring comes.
While most plants suffer in the cold, some annual flowers actually do better. If you want to help these plants to remain healthy and beautiful, prune them back as necessary. Once a few weeks have passed, these annual plants will bloom again, and provide a nice variation in color compared to their brown surroundings. The annuals that do the best in cooler weather are petunias, dianthus and snapdragons.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.
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