TIP! Always allow your plants to adapt gradually to any changes in light conditions, temperatures or soils, if you do not, you might shock them and cause them to die. Place them outside in the sunlight for an hour or two on the first day.

Gardening is a wonderful hobby that is very relaxing and inexpensive. Performing necessary garden chores can be an excellent way of spending time together as a family. If you have children, they will be awe-struck by how seeds transform into colorful flowers and tasty vegetables. Children are more likely to try new vegetables if they have grown them in their own garden. Here you will find some helpful tips to make horticulture more enjoyable.

TIP! Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff.

When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. Lightly, but firmly compact the soil, making sure it is flat. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. Press the sod down firmly so that the surface is flat and even. If there are gaps remaining, fill them with a bit of soil. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.

TIP! Plant perennials that slugs and snails won’t be interested in eating. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight.

Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. The clay will no longer stick to the shovel, and this also helps to prevent other problems like rusting.

TIP! 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.

Cooling weather of early fall signals the opportune time to plant seasonal edibles. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. You can start planting now.

TIP! Pull all the weeds in your garden. Weeds can be extremely detrimental to your garden.

These hints will be quite helpful to you, whether you enjoy horticulture alone or with others. Use some of these tips to help your family learn the values of self-sufficiency through horticulture. You can also garden as a way to relieve stress or as an interesting and fun hobby for yourself. Horticulture is enjoyable.