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Tue, Sep 15, 2009

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A little knowledge can go a long way when you’re trying to plant and maintain a lawn and garden that you can be proud of.

The most important thing for any plant is the soil that it grows in so learn as much as you can about the soil in your area. Talk to local gardening experts and ask them when and how much to water and what plants grow best in your local earth.

Choosing the right plants to grow in your garden and the right variety of grass for your lawn is vital. Do some research before you buy plants, turf, seed or grass seeds. Check the internet and read up on gardening and lawns so you’ll know what to do. Remember planting seeds or plants that will die is a waste of money and effort.

An excellent source of quality greenery and advice is a locally owned and operated greenhouse or garden center. Local growers will be more knowledgeable about conditions in your areas and more likely to have plants that will survive.

Regular work is needed to keep your yard looking great. Mow your lawn frequently so grass and leaves will be chopped up for fertilizer. Weed once week or more often, weeds are easier to pull out and get rid of when they’re small. Regular weeding also reduces the need for toxic and expensive herbicides.

Take advantage of as any many organic methods as you can. Organic gardening is healthier for you and your yard and it saves you money. It’s easy to make your own organic fertilizer: create a compost heap to convert your trash into fertilizer, use chopped grass and leaves to fertilize your lawn and use natural fertilizers such as animal manure if you have to buy fertilizer.

There are also cheaper, natural alternatives to chemical pesticides that can be dangerous to you and your family. Used dishwasher, garlic and hot pepper sprays are just a few of the affordable alternatives to chemical poisons available. The hose can be a cheap alternative to bug spray just use a stream of water to wash pests away. You can even put in some plants that repel insects from your garden.

Learn as much as you can about organic gardening before you start planting in the spring. Do research online or check books and magazines about organic gardening out from your public library. Read up on the kind of flowers and vegetables or grass you want to plant and gardening in your areas. Be on the look for money saving ideas that you can implement easily.

Cut your water bill and make your lawn and garden healthier by watering with common sense. If you water less but always make sure your watering is deep and heavy you can have stronger and healthier plants. Always water in the early morning or night because water you put on during the day will evaporate.

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