Spring is here, and before you know it, you’ll be wanting to make sure your garden is in tip-top shape. It’s no secret that it all starts from the ground up. If the winter was harsh on your plants or you just need to refresh everything, let us help! Here are five tips to spruce up the garden for the Spring and Summer months:
Research: Know your flowers! It can be overwhelming at first, but a great garden incorporates a lot of variety. Annuals, bulbs, perennials, vines, shrubs and even herbs are some to consider. While you might just think that all flowers are the same, the climate they thrive in and their sunlight, water and maintenance needs are so vastly different. By planning ahead, you can know what your plants will need to grow to their fullest potential.
Size Accordingly: It may sound silly, but sizing out your garden beds is key. Be sure to walk the area and see what sizes and shapes of flower beds you want, and where. Take the garden hose out and be sure that it can reach to the areas you plan on planting. If it can’t, remember that a watering can can only cover so much ground. As with most things, start small. You can always add more, but it is much harder to take away, especially when it comes to growing plants!
Odd Man Out: When planting, aim for odd numbers. Whether that is three, five or seven of one variety...this helps how the flowers appear visually. Even numbers, especially when mixed in with other flowers, can look too chaotic and not natural. This will also encourage you to add more and more variety to your flower beds.
Water & Sun: You might think that your plants want every drop of water, but they don’t! Overwatering is a very common cause of dying plants. The thicker the stem, the less frequently your plant needs to be watered. This can vary, however, so be sure to know what each variety needs. Additionally, some varieties of flower thrive more in the shade then they do in the sunshine. Take note of this as this is their primary energy source!
Investing in a few books on the topic is a great idea. The more you learn about planting and gardening, the better prepared you will be to create a thriving garden. Stay educated, plan ahead and welcome Spring and Summer with welcome arms (and petals!)
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