Monday, August 27, 2012


Learn some garden and landscape tips that can help you grow a much better garden for you, your family, or your business. Figure out what you need beforehand, so you don't spend money on equipment that isn't necessary, or impractical seeds for your climate.
You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. A pot of boiling hot water can be one of the most safe weed destroyers. Douse the weeds with this pot, just avoid the nearby plants. The weeds' roots will be damaged by the boiling water; normally, this prevents them from continuing to grow.
When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. Mix a solution of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. This solution can be sprayed onto your plants once per week until the problem is resolved. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly, but efficiently.
Choose higher yield plant varieties. A disease-resistant hybrid plant can be a good option to consider over a more traditional variety due to its tendency to produce higher yields.
Use both biennials and annuals to add color to your flower bed. You can use biennial and annual flowers to brighten the bed, and let you change how it looks. They can make a handy, gap-filler between shrubs and perennials located in sunny areas. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
Split up your irises. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs should split up normally in the hand, and should flower when replanted for the next year. Divide up the rhizomes with a knife. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Each piece should retain a minimum of one sturdy offshoot capable of spurting new growth. Replant each one immediately.
To prevent shocking your plants, you must gradually introduce new temperatures and other conditions to them. On the first day, place them in the sun outside for only an hour or so. As the week progresses, gradually increase their exposure to the outdoors. By the weekend, you should have plants that are ready for a permanent home outside - with no problem!
Keep tools safely stored if you are in a densely populated area. If you leave valuable tools lying around, someone might steal them if it's something they could use or sell.
Though you can often place houseplants into new pots, some varieties will not do well if you disrupt the roots. To see if a plant should be re-potted, turn it upside down, tap the bottom of the container and see if it falls out. If you see a lot of roots, it is time to get a new pot. If there is mainly dirt and not many roots, your plan is just fine in the current pot, and does not need to be replanted.
Some houseplants may require some humidity. You can create humidity in any environment by grouping different plants together in one pot, or replanting the specimen into a larger pot and filling the gap in with compost or stones. One other way you can provide houseplants with proper humidity levels is to spray them with a mist of water a couple times a day.
In the cold winter months, you can salvage certain plants by bringing them into the house. It's a good idea to save any expensive plants or those that will thrive in indoor heat. When you dig up the plant, carefully avoid the roots, then place it in a container.
If your garden is small, consider planting one or more dwarf fruit trees. No matter how limited your space, a dwarf variety will usually fit in quite nicely. There is a three to five year delay before the tree bears fruit, but the fruit is full size. Plant these trees when they are still dormant, usually in early spring. Make sure they stay well-hydrated while they are taking root.
Good gardening simply requires some research, some work, and some patience. Your efforts will pay off when you experience the joy of watching something that you created, grow.

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