How To Care For A Flower Garden

Understanding how to take care of your flower garden can make a big difference in the appearance and overall wellbeing of your plants. Here are a few simple hints to get your flower garden blossom with health. The essentials must always be given major consideration.

Your flower garden should have an adequate supply of water, sunlight, and fertile soil. Any lack of these basic requirements will greatly affect the health of plants. Water the flower garden more often during dry spells.

When planting bulbs, be sure that they go at the appropriate depth. When planting out shrubs and perennials, be sure that you don’t heap soil or mulch up around the stem. If you do, water will drain off rather than sinking in, and the stem could develop rot through overheating. Mix and match perennials with annuals.

Perennial flower bulbs need not to be replanted because they blossom and grow for several years while annuals grow and bloom for just 1 season. Mixing a few perennials with annuals ensures that you will always have blossoms coming on.

Deadheading is simply snipping off the flower head after it wilts. This will make the plant produce more blossoms. Just be sure that you don’t discard the deadhead on the backyard or mildew and other plant disease will attack your plants.

4. Know the good from the bad bugs.

Most backyard pests do more good than harm. Butterflies, beetles and bees are known pollinators. They fertilize plants through unintentional transfer of pollen from one plant to another. 80 percent of flowering plants rely on insects for survival.

Sowbugs and dung beetles together with funghi, bacteria and other microorganisms are essential to help in the decomposition of dead plant material, thus enriching the soil and making more nutrients available to growing plants.

Other insects such as lacewings and dragonflies are natural predators of these insects that do the actual damage, like aphids.

An occasional application of liquid fertilizer when plants are flowering will keep them blooming for more.

Always prune any dead or damaged branches. Fuchsias are particularly prone to snapping when you brush against them. The broken branch can be potted up to give you a fresh plant, so it won’t be wasted.

If you follow this advice you will greatly enhance the appearance and general health of your flower garden. After all what could be nicer than enjoying the sights and aromas of your flower garden in late summer after all of your hard work?

Simon Andrews writes reviews, articles and how to guides on gardening and home goods for the Gardening Warehouse. For more ideas and advice from Simon then please go to http://www. GardeningWarehouse.co.uk

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