If you’re planning a new garden, there are a few things you should know. Learn about planting vegetables, getting rid of creeping juniper, and more.
Ground cover protects your plants’ roots
Ground cover plants act as a barrier against heavy rains and erosion. It also helps keep moisture in the soil and retains the temperature of the soil.
Depending on your location, different ground covers are ideal. If you live in a desert, you may want to consider succulents. There are dozens of varieties to choose from.
Some common types of ground cover are shrubs, lilyturf, and grass. These are perennials that will grow back every year from their roots.
When choosing a ground cover, you should look at its height and slope. In a sloping area, a taller plant would be best. You should also note where the surrounding structures are. Besides, a plant with a tall form would be able to provide shelter to frost-sensitive plants.
You can also use mulch to keep the soil cool and insulated. The mulch can be inorganic or organic.
Attract insects to your garden
If you want to grow vegetables or herbs, attracting insects to your garden is essential. These creatures are crucial in helping plants to grow, and will also kill harmful bugs. You can attract some of these creatures to your garden by planting a variety of flowering plants.
Many people forget the importance of water to insects. They like living in damp conditions, and will be attracted to a mulch or pile of leaves.
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has some great tips on attracting insects to your garden. One example is to make a compost heap. This not only helps the soil, but will also provide an ideal habitat for predators.
Another suggestion is to fill your garden with dead leaves. These will provide shelter for insects and other wildlife.
Plant easy-to-maintain vegetables
Having a vegetable garden doesn’t mean you need to be an expert to have a crop. A little planning goes a long way. Some veggies can be grown in containers or raised beds. The secret is to choose the right vegetables for your soil, climate and soil conditions.
There are many varieties of vegetables, but the most common ones are tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, beans, corn and okra. These crops grow relatively fast and aren’t prone to the ravages of disease and pests. To keep your plants happy and healthy, you may need to bolster their defenses with staking and/or a green manure covering.
If you are fortunate enough to have access to a drip irrigation system, you may not have to resort to hand watering your vegetables. However, you will still want to make sure your plants get all the water they need. You will also want to consider a trellis for taller plants. Depending on your space constraints, you may want to keep your vegetable garden small.
Get rid of creeping juniper from your lawn
If you are looking for a low-maintenance plant, then you may want to consider creeping junipers. These shrubs can be planted on hills, in hardscapes, or as accents in flower beds. They also look nice next to other evergreens, like rose bushes.
Creeping junipers are evergreens, meaning that they will continue to grow throughout the year. This gives them a lot of visual appeal. However, they are susceptible to several fungal diseases that cause browning and yellowing. It’s best to remove infected parts of your juniper plants.
When you are ready to plant a juniper, make sure you select one that is suited to the location. Junipers tend to be healthier if they are planted in full sun. Also, be sure to choose a plant that has a good soil. Some junipers can be difficult to grow in heavy clay.