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Every gardener dreams of having a thriving garden. For some, this is a reality, for some it isn’t. If you want to achieve your dream of a beautiful garden, there are a few things to learn. Gardening does require labor and effort, but at the same time, gardening can also be fun. Here are a few tips to make your gardening more fun and less work!

Lay sod properly. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid. Pull all the weeds and loosen the soil so the new roots can take easily. Flatten the soil back into place, gently but firmly. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. Water the sod each day for two weeks so it will become well-rooted and ready for foot traffic.

You need to consider beginning the plants into pots. Then, you can plant the seedlings into your garden. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. You will then be able to lessen the time between planting your seeds. When you take out the prior set of adult plants, your seedlings will then be prepared to go in.

When winter arrives, transfer a few plants into the house for safe storage during the cold weather. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants. Carefully dig near the roots and transfer those plants into a flower pot.

Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. There are numerous places to find this service, such as your local Cooperative Extension office. The cost is well worth it to avoid a potentially ruined crop.

When gardening in the fall, you need to be watching for stink bugs. They like beans, peppers, tomatoes and many fruits. If not taken care of, these pests can damage the garden, so take steps to cut down their population.

For showy flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant plenty of bulbs. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. You can select bulbs that bloom at many different times, so with a little work, you could have flowers popping up all the way from the start of spring to the end of summer.

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.