If you daydream about have a thriving garden filled with luscious green plants, colorful flowers and bustling wildlife, you need to consider what is required in order to turn your dream into reality. Garden can involve back-breaking labor, but it can also be very enjoyable. Here are some tips for making it less work and more fun!
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. Simplify the process by putting a bit of wax onto the shovel. The clay won’t stick then. The shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust. Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. Healthy plants are naturally more resilient against pests and disease. Starting with soil that is in good condition can yield the best plants.
Be sure to weed your garden. If you’re not careful, weeds can take over your beautiful garden, ruining it. To do this, think about using white vinegar. It can kill weeds. Apply it full strength to any areas where weeds are a problem. Do not mow your lawn too short. If you leave your grass a bit longer, the roots can grow deeper. This results in a lawn that is stronger and less likely to dry out. The shorter the grass, the shallower the roots, which makes the lawn more likely to develop brown patches.
Divide your irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. The quicker you can replant your cuttings, the better chances they will reappear next season.
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.