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Things You Should Know
by: Gerardas Norkus
Gardens come in different varieties like the plants you find in them. There are several gardening tips that can be used for all type of gardens.
1. Mulching protects your garden topsoil from being blown away. It also provides nutrients as it decomposes and improves the appearance of your gardens. Mulching has other benefits and is one of the most recommended gardening tips by gardeners and farmers alike.
2. Healthy plants are more disease resistant. Plants are like people. A person with a strong immune system can combat diseases. A healthy plant does the same.
3. Pests can be eradicated by cleaning the plant with a watery solution of soap. Just make sure to rinse after. This gardening tip is best heeded for fruit bearing trees or edible plants.
4. Using compost fertilizers is a great way to have healthy plants. It is also a great way to save money on expensive fertilizers. Non-organic fertilizers tend to leave chemical residues that can accumulate in garden soils and harm not only the plants but the gardeners as well. They cause toxins to go to the water supplies. This is another gardening tip recommended not just by farmers and gardeners but also by environmentalists.
5. There are several plants that are only suitable for a specified climate or a certain kind of soil, or that can grow with only certain other plants. You have to know which plants grow in the conditions you have in your area. This is a money-saving gardening tip that will help you to avoid unnecessary purchases.
6. Landscaping is a good investment that can double the value of your home. This is one gardening tip that can earn you money.
7. Growing grass on bare ground is an easy way to make your home look better and appreciate in value. This gardening tip also promotes earning money towards the value of your home.
8. Besides looking great in your home, trees also provide protection from direct sunlight exposure and strong winds.
9. Vines on the walls, fences and overhead structures also offer some protection and look great.
10. Flowers are beautiful, but they are also expensive. Get flowers that are resistant to many elements. Flowers from your local community already have developed resistance to conditions present in your area.
11. For most garden plants, their roots go only as deep as 6 inches. Putting fertilizer deeper than that would be a waste of money. Put on fertilizer shallower as it seeps down when the plants are being watered.
12. Earthworms are important to plants. They till and aerate the soil for the roots to breathe. Non-organic fertilizers can kill them. This gardening tip dates back to the old days of gardening.
13. Having several kinds of insects that are beneficial to your garden is a very good thing. These insects can be encouraged to stay by having diverse plants in your garden.
14. Spot spray weeds with household vinegar, instead of using commercial weed-killers, to eradicate them. This is another environmentally-friendly gardening tip.
15. Avoid putting too much mulch on tree trunks, which encourages unwanted pests to reside on them.
16. Use plant varieties that are common to your area or that have been taken from an area with similar conditions.
17. Be sure to know which plants are poisonous. If you are intent on growing poisonous plants, make sure you have the necessary cure available in your household. Taking note of this gardening tip can save your life.
18. The best time to water plants is during the morning.
19. Before planting a new plant in your garden, you must consider its height and size when it matures. This garden tip can help you save money in the future.
20. A newly-transplanted plant may require special attention during its first week. This is because of the stress and shock it got during transplantation.
And last but not the least of the care gardening tips: Plants are living entities. If you want them to grow in your garden you have to treat them as such. They need to be taken care of. They are like your pets, so you have to look after them. In return you get that feeling of contentment watching them thrive. A good way to take care of them is to consider that plants might have feelings too.
Gerardas Norkus is the author of the article on the Care Gardening Home Page.
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