Do you want plants in your yard that thrive? There are many elements to a lush garden. Gardening can require a large amount of ongoing work, although many find it to be fun, rewarding and even therapeutic. Some basic tips will help make your work more efficient, making both the process and result more fun.

Learn how to properly lay sod. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Remove weeds and break your soil until all the clumps are gone. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. Now make sure the soil is thoroughly dampened. The sod should be laid in staggered rows, with the joints offset from one another. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. Once it is in place, the sod requires frequent watering for at least two weeks. This is usually the amount of time it takes for the sod to grow roots, making it ready to grow seamlessly into place.

Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases. High-quality soil that is low on chemicals is key. It’s the first thing you should think about when planning on growing your garden.

Keep your plants thriving through the winter by bringing them inside. Maybe you could pick out the most expensive plants or the most hardy ones. When you dig up the plant, carefully avoid the roots then place it in a container.

As you cut your grass, do not trim it too low to the ground. By leaving your grass a little taller, you are allowing it to become stronger, as the roots grow stronger and deeper. Short grass means short roots and dead grass.

To save your knees from the wear and tear of gardening, invest in some knee pads if your garden includes a lot of low-growth plants. If you spend a large portion of your gardening session on your knees, it could create pain over time. With good knee pads, you can stay in the garden longer, and more comfortably.

One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. All you need to do is apply boiling water right to the weeds you want to get rid of. Be careful not to get any on the plants you want to keep. If you pour the water near your plants, it will kill the roots.

Get a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool to work in your garden. Gardening can be very tough on the knees as you spend much time leaning near the ground, so a portable stool can make all the difference to your comfort. Also, gardening can involve a lot of heavy lifting and moving items, therefore a robust wheelbarrow can make that aspect much easier.

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.