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Gardening can be quite complex, when you break it down. If you want to try your hand at organic gardening, then be prepared to learn about concepts like pH balance. It can be hard for a rookie to grow organic. Give yourself an advantage by applying the advice from the following article.

Take the proper approach to laying sod. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Break the soil into fine tilth and make sure you remove any weeds as well. Lightly, but firmly pack the soil down, and make sure that it is flat. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Firm sod until there is an even, flat surface; fill in gaps with soil. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.

Baking Soda

If mildew is forming on your plants, you should not purchase an expensive chemical. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Once a week, spray this solution on your plants and your mildew should disappear in no time. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won’t damage your plants.

Plant vines like ivy to cover fences and dividing walls. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Some varieties of these plants will have to be tethered to some sort of support, but other varieties will be able to attach to the medium they are climbing. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.

TIP! Use climbers to cover walls and fences. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too.

Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. You can also put something on top of the soil around the plants that has an offensive smell to cats, such as mothballs or citrus peel.

Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. If you allow your grass to grow a little longer, the roots will go down deeper into the dirt, helping the grass grow better and remain hydrated. The shorter the grass, the shallower the roots, which makes the lawn more likely to develop brown patches.

Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.

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Posted on Sep 29, 2017

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