Lots of people think that gardening is a tough task to accomplish, but that’s false, if you know how to do it. With the right knowledge, anyone can be a great gardener. This article has some terrific information to help you learn how to tend your garden like a master gardener.

Make sure to lay the sod properly. Before laying sod, you have to make sure the soil is accurately prepared. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Water the sod each day for two weeks so it will become well-rooted and ready for foot traffic.

Your first and best line of defense against pests is having healthy soil. If your plants are healthy, they can more easily resist insects and disease. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.

Soak the seeds and store in a dark area overnight. Place some seeds into a small container, then fill it with water until it is almost to the top. The water will hydrate the sends, giving them a head start once you plant them. The seeds will most likely survive and mature this way.

Try “boiling” weeds to get rid of them. Considering that boiling water is rather safe, you don’t have to worry about toxins in your soil or at your dinner table. Just pour boiling water directly on top of the weeds cautiously to avoid damaging your plants. If you pour the water near your plants, it will kill the roots.

If you plan on growing peas, you should consider starting them indoors instead of beginning them outside. When you plant them indoors first, the seeds will germinate better. The baby plants will also be stronger and will resist pests and disease better. You will be able to transfer the seedlings outdoors after they become better established.

When gardening, avoid the use of strong broad-spectrum pesticides. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. Bugs that are good for your garden tend to be more susceptible to these types of pesticides, and using them could mean an increase in the pests you are actually trying to get rid of. You will need even more pesticides to deal with the problem, and it will never really go away.

Be smart about how you water your garden. You can save time by using soaker hoses to water more than one plant. Lower your water pressure on the soaker hose to avoid harming tender plants. Set the soaker hose to water your all your plants over a couple hours, and then you will be free to get other things done.

As mentioned earlier, it is not difficult to become an expert gardener if you educate yourself. With these tips, and enough practice, you too can craft a beautiful and enjoyable garden.