There is a lot of information about gardening, but a little time and research will get you started. Now that you have found this list of tips, hopefully, you can come out a little more informed when it comes to gardening, so that you can refine your methods and become a great gardener.

Properly lay your sod. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. The soil should be adequately moistened. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with soil. Water your sod daily for a fortnight, which is enough time for it to root and be able to withstand foot traffic.

Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.

Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. For a small fee, a soil analysis can be obtained – based on that report – the soil can be properly enriched to support a vibrant garden. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.

For showy flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant plenty of bulbs. Bulbs are generally very simple to grow and hearty, as well; they will continue to grow for years. Different types of bulbs bloom at different times, so if you choose appropriately, you can have blooms from early spring to late summer.

Shelter your deciduous shrubs. Delicate shrubs that are sitting in pots should be sheltered from the cold weather. Tie the tops together, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. This is a much better method, instead of putting the plastic wrap around the plant. It allows proper air circulation that can prevent rotting.

If you decide to grow peas, think about planting them indoors when you first start them off, as opposed to planting them outdoors. Seeds are more likely to sprout when started indoors. Seeds grown indoors are much more resistant to diseases and damage done by pests. When these pea plants are sturdy, you can place them outside in your garden.

Keep your garden free from broad-spectrum pesticides. While broad-spectrum pesticides will kill most pests, they will also kill helpful insects. The helpful insects in your garden can be highly sensitive to pesticides and if their population goes down, the harmful insect population will grow. Your problem will only get worse and you will find yourself using more pesticides.

Easier than you expected, right? Just like any topic, gardening is vast a subject which encompasses a plethora of information. In many cases, all that’s needed to make some sense of the whirlwind of information is a reference point from which to get started. You should hopefully get what you can from these tips.