How to improve your flower gardening
Beautiful flowers in your garden can greatly improve your home’s appearance. Knowing how to take care of your flowers is essential to maintain the calm and tranquil environment you cherish. In order for your plants to bloom with health, there are some tips you need to remember.
Improve your flower gardening by follow these easy steps:
- Give attention to the essentials
Healthy flowers require a few basic things; adequate sunlight, fertile soil and enough water. If you lack any of these, it can greatly affect the aesthetics of your garden in a whole. Remember to water your plants more frequently during very hot conditions or dry spells. Adding weed killers, BEFORE any fertilizer or compost will also help keep your garden neat and tidy. Whenever you plant specific plants, like bulbs for instance, make sure you plant them at the correct depth. Perennials and shrubs need to be rid of excess soil to prevent it from mulching up around their stems. If you don’t do this, their roots might rot due to overheating. The reason this happens is the water will just drain right of instead of sinking in and nourishing the plant.
- Mix it up. Plant perennials with annuals
Annuals grow for only one season, while perennial flower bulbs grow and bloom for several seasons once replanted. See where we are heading with this? If you mix and match perennials with annuals you will always have blooms coming in throughout the year. Ensuring a colorful garden at the envy of your peers.
- Encourage more blossoms by deadheading
Your plants will produce more flowers if you snip off the flower head after it wilts; this is called deadheading. Just make sure you discard of the deadhead properly. IF you drop it in your garden, plant diseases and mildew will attack your flowers. Always prune away dead or damaged parts of your flowers.
- Learn about insects to differentiate between the good, the bad, and the ugly
Before you squash the next insect you find on your plants, remember that most garden insects actually do more good than harm. Insects are responsible for the survival of 80% flowering plants, due to fertilization. They transfer pollen unintentionally from one plant to another. A few common pollinators are: beetles, butterflies and bees. Insects also enrich your soil by aiding in the decomposition of dead plant material. These insects include the sow bug, dung beetle and the micro-organisms bacteria and fungi. The bad guy however, is aphis. Luckily for us the dragonflies and lacewings are natural predators of aphis and will take care of it.
Happy gardening all you green fingers !