Gardening Advice And Tips How to Water Your New Lawn Sod

Having a nice looking lawn requires taking care of your sod from the start. In doing this, it will guarantee your lawn looking beautiful for a long period of time. To begin the process, the soil you’ll be laying the sod on should be moistened including the rolls of grass you will be applying to prevent dryness.

Your watering begins right away after sod installation. The key is to keep your sod moist but not soggy at all times for the seed to germinate. If you keep your sod dry, it will dry out the sod and both the sod and the seed will die. Apply mulch on top sparingly then water twice a day for a week then twice a week for a month. Watering will also depend on the climate. If it rains you don’t need to water your new lawn sod. Water your lawn same time during late hours to save water and not during the afternoon time which will make most of the water evaporate instead of soaking down the lawn. Wait until the sod is well rooted before decreasing your watering. Water your lawn evenly and water less on shaded areas. Lift each corner of the sod for resistance. The more resistance you get, the sod is more rooted down. When sod is rooted, watering frequency should decrease but the amount of water should increase. Keep in mind that soil that is too wet does not allow the water to soak deep down. This causes algae to grow and seed to rot depleting the oxygen for the roots. If you see moss showing up, especially in shady areas, you need to decrease your watering frequency and time. Do not mow your new lawn sod until it is thick and strong enough. The grass must be tall and thick enough to withstand the pressure of the lawn mower. If there are areas that are too thin, apply seeds and allow to germinate. Do not over seed.

If you remember all the above gardening advice on how to care for your new lawn sod, you will be blessed with a nicely looking garden lawn. Patience, timing and dedication will be needed to attain this. There is no such thing as an ugly lawn unless you do not put an effort in caring for it. Remember to invest your time caring for your new lawn sod.Watering your new grass seed may be quite a challenge, but will surely result in having a beautiful grass lawn in the future.

It Is Easier to Create a Realistic Fairy Garden When You Are Familiar With Miniature Scales

The allure to miniature gardening or fairy gardens is that all ages that can create a garden suited to their lifestyle and surroundings. From small-scale terrarium gardens to large-scale landscape gardens, miniatures can be displayed in a variety of places. People living in the country may consider designing a plot of land for their garden, while apartment dwellers may chose container or terrarium mini gardens. Whatever the size of your garden, having a consistent scale will create realism in the world of minis.

There are a variety of scales used in miniature gardening, but the most popular size is 1:12 or 1-inch equals 1-foot. This is considered a large scale. The next size would be the 1:24 scale or medium scale, which is a great size for smaller pots or wicker basket tabletop gardens since.05-inches equals 1-foot. Lastly, there is the small scale, which works well with terrarium or tiny pots. This scale has a 1:48 ratio and.25-inches equal 1-foot. These three sizes are most commonly used in mini gardening, although there are additional scales that are popular with miniature enthusiasts.

In the fascinating world of miniature trains and railroads a variety of scales are used. When it comes to outdoor garden railways, the G-gauge or 1:22 scale is generally accepted. Even though the “G” comes from the German word for big, many feel it stands for the garden railroad. These medium scale model railroads are landscaped with live plants and they are designed to represent the real world. Since the G-gauge is so close to the 1:24 scale, many miniature gardening items can be used to set the scene.

When planning a Garden Railroad the scale not only relates to the accessories, but it also refers to the foliage growing throughout the landscape. Make your garden railroad come alive with plants. Add some moss to create a lawn or plant a small Boxwood Honeysuckle to become a shrub. According to the Chicago Botanic Railroad Garden’s Resource Guide, here are a few of the plants recommended for the miniature garden: Blue Star Creeper, Boxwood, Cotoneaster, Duckfoot English Ivy, Stonecrop, Picea glauca Spruce, and Scotch Moss. In addition to plants, the garden spaces can include waterfalls, ponds, pathways, retaining walls, and hardscape. Do you want a real life looking Garden Railroad? If yes, then take time to select items that are in proportion to the trains and tracks in the garden.

My final thoughts on scale in the garden include, “What if I measure the mini accessory and it doesn’t match any scale?” Select the scale that is the closest. Next, look at the proportion of the plant or accessory in comparison to the miniature garden and decide if you should go smaller or larger. Unless your miniature garden is entered in a competition, something that is close in scale will work fine and make your miniature gardening the topic of the neighborhood.

Miniature Gardening offers a variety of accessories, fairies, plants, garden tools & furniture to create enchanting miniature landscapes for containers or your yard. Adding fairy houses like whimsical cottages, gnome doors, bridges, paths, rustic fences, garden tools and even a miniature animal or two to the miniature garden will delight all in your family.

5 Proven Ways You Can Inspire Kids to Garden With YOU

Us gardeners all want to inspire the kids in our life to join us in our gardening and seed saving passion.

Here are five proven ways to encourage kids to get their hands dirty with you!

1. MAKE IT THEIR OWN.

Giving kids ownership of at least part of your garden is a great way to pique their interest. A dedicated garden bed just for them is an excellent idea.

Keep an eye when they’re planting so if needed you can assist later to be sure what they planted will grow (pressing the seeds down to the correct planting depth, watering afterwards, etc… see “pick up the slack” below).

Give them their own tools, such as a gardening trowel or this Seed Saving Kit.

If you are short on space, give them total ownership of some activities. For example, let them plant the seeds. Let them do it all on their own. Give them a few options of varieties you know will grow during this time of year, and let them choose what to plant.

Kids LOVE planting… it’s a great introductory garden activity to inspire them!

2. ENGAGE WITH THEM. REALLY, COMPLETELY ENGAGE.

Many activities in the garden can feel like chores to kids. But, if pulling weeds means meaningful connection with you, it’s on. True engagement will win kids over like nothing else.

You want kids to understand that garden time = fun time connecting with you. If this is their understanding of the gardening experience, it won’t matter what you do together in the garden. It’s the together part that they’ll love and want more of.

3. PICK UP THE SLACK.

Let kids plant the seeds on their own…

BUT…

It’s up to you to make sure they grow.

This means that it is your responsibility to ensure that the seeds are planted at the right depth. You’ll also need to keep on top of watering, at least until the seeds sprout.

If the seeds they plant never grow, a major part of the magic is gone and a disheartened little gardner might be less enthusiastic to join you next time.

4. LET THEM HARVEST.

Anything… especially flowers or seeds or dinner.

Let them pick a bouquet for mom or dad or teacher all on their own. Let them harvest dry pods from your bean plants. Harvesting is the grand payoff, and one of the more fun activities to hand over responsibility to a child.

5. DON’T BE PUSHY.

Lead by example. You love gardening. Let your young ones see this.

Give them the option to join you in the garden. If they know they will have some ownership or responsibility, or true engagement with you they will no doubt be by your side. Pushing a child to garden is the best way to turn them off of truly enjoying it.

CONCLUSION…

Starting kids gardening at a young age is a great way to foster a connection with the natural world, inspire curiosity, and spend quality time outdoors together with you!

Here’s to the next generation of gardeners and seed savers! :)

(author: Justin Huhn, organic farmer & seed grower, founder of The SeedKeepers)