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You need to know some basics related to improving your garden for your family, your business, or simply yourself. Here you will find out the basic equipment and general techniques that are used in gardening so that your efforts are effective and efficient.

Make sure to lay the sod properly. Before you use sod, you need to prepare the soil. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. Be sure the soil is thoroughly moist. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Make sure that the sod forms an even, flat surface, and if you have any gaps show between the sod, fill them with a little bit of soil. Water the sod for two weeks and then you can safely walk on it as it will have had time to properly root.

Choose higher yield plant varieties. Many times, hybrid plants tend to resist disease, and tolerate the cold weather better than their traditional counterparts, resulting in higher yields.

Starting off your garden with healthy soil can be the best defense against those pesky garden bugs. The hearty plants that will grow in a garden with rich soil can resist the bugs and diseases that weak plants can’t withstand. Use a high-quality organic soil and as few chemicals as possible.

Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. Fast-growing annuals and biennials can brighten up a flower bed, and allow you to change the look from season to season and year to year. You can use them between the gaps in shrubs and perennials where there is plenty of sun. The most popular varieties to use include petunia, zinnia, cosmos, snapdragon, marigold, hollyhock, and sunflower.

Do not spend your money on chemicals to fight mildew. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. Spray this onto your plants about once per week or until it subsides. Baking soda is not harmful to your plants and will take care of the issue as well as any other treatment.

If you want your garden full of flowers spring through summer, plant bulbs. A hardy perennial addition to your garden, bulbs will continue to delight every year. Plant bulbs that will bloom at various intervals to ensure beautiful flowers are growing in your garden all year long.

Grow some wheat grass or cat grass next to the plants your cat seems to prefer. You can also try to offend the cats sense of smell with orange rinds or mothballs.

Try to have a plan with your garden. It will be easy to remember where each plant is when sprouts start to shoot up the following spring. This is important, because different plants require different care.

You will need the correct information, lots of patience, and the ability to spend time working outside. This work will ultimately pay off for you once you figure out how to make an item grow.