Simple Steps to Ensure Your Flower Garden Flourishes!

 

MML Brand

It is essential that you follow a few simple tips in order for your Flower Garden to Flourish.  Here are a few things that you should keep in mind, which could make a big difference in the look and over-all health of your plants.

1. The main essentials.

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

 When planting bulbs, be sure to plant them at the correct depth. Most bulbs will have instructions on the preferred depth, so be sure to pay attention. Shrubs and perennials do not like a lot of soil or mulch up around the stems. If you heap soil around the plants, water will drain off instead of sinking in, and the stem may develop rot through overheating. Many people think that rot is due to too much water on a plant, but keep in mind that if a plant does not get enough rot, the sun will burn right through it!

2. Mix and match perennials with annuals.

Perennial flower bulbs do not need to be replanted since they grow and bloom for several years while annuals grow and bloom for only one season. You should always mix a few perennials with your annuals to ensure that you will always have blooms coming on.  This also keeps the garden  interesting as you will be able to add something new every year, without getting rid of something old.

3. Deadheading will encourage more blossoms.

Deadheading (snipping off the flower head after it wilts) will make the plant produce more flowers. Be sure to throw the deadhead in the compost pile and not on your garden floor because mildew and other plant disease will grow on the dead flower and attack your live plants.  When deadheading or pruning plants with dry rot or black spot always take the leaves away from the garden.  You should never have leaves with black spot on your dirt; the disease will spread to the other plants and get worse every year.

Always prune dead or damaged branches. Fuchsias are particularly prone to snapping when you brush against them, however, the broken branch can be potted to give you a new plant.

4. Know the good from the bad bugs.

Most garden insects 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% of flowering plants rely on insects for survival.

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

Lacewings and dragonflies are natural predators to the insects that do the real damage, like aphis.

5.  Fertilize

An occasional application of liquid fertilizer when plants are flowering will keep them blooming a lot longer.

So there you have it.  Five simple tips that you are probably already doing, but I just wanted to remind you, just in case. 

 

 

 

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