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Commonly Asked Gardening Questions

However good you are at gardening, youíll no doubt come across problems or plants you just canít find a solution to. Some people seem to be green fingered and can grow anything and everything Ė except for roses. Others can cultivate the best lawn youíll ever see Ė but canít get the hang of hanging baskets.

Weíve all got gardening questions weíd like to have answered, but some are more common than others. Here are some gardening questions that lots of people want the answers to.

How Do I Stop Weeds From Growing Back?

This is one of the most common gardening questions. Unfortunately there is no single solution that will mean youíll never have to weed again. Keeping on top of them as soon as you see them does help; you also need to make sure you get all of the roots out as you remove them.

If you want to use gravel or bark chips to create a pathway, put some plastic down first to prevent weeds growing through.

Gardening Questions Concerning Your Lawn

Many people think that watering your lawn every day is necessary to keep it looking good, but this isnít necessary. Youíre better off giving it a good soaking once a week, making sure itís properly aerated first so it can really drink the water.

Itís also vital not to cut the lawn too short. If you cut off any more than a third of the length at any time, youíre liable to kill it off altogether. If itís become overgrown, strim it first and then mow it several times over the course of a couple of weeks or so, shortening it a little each time.

Gardening Questions About Pests

There are probably more potential pests in your garden than you could imagine, but one of the most common is the humble slug. Capturing them and freezing them has been suggested as one way to get rid of them naturally. Two other ways that have been proven to work Ė and arenít harmful to the environment Ė are using salt and beer.

Depending on the type of garden you have, and your own individual level of gardening expertise, the gardening questions you have will vary widely. The best initial source of information will probably come from a garden center. They should be able to advise you on solutions to your problems that arenít harmful to the environment.

With time and practice, your knowledge will grow and the answers you get to your gardening questions will lead to a better and more luscious and enjoyable garden.


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Gardening Tip #6

Overwatering kills most houseplants. Looks can be deceptive, so to see if your soil is dry enough to water, try the finger test. Insert your index finger up to the first joint into the soil. If the soil is damp, don't water it.