With March around the corner, now is the time to start planning your spring landscaping. For many, plants and all things green can be intimidating, leaving more questions than answers when it comes to your lawn. If this sounds like you, here are some common garden questions and answers.
Difference between a perennial and an annual?
A perennial is a plant that regrows each spring, usually blooming for only one season each year. Annuals are plants that germinate, flower, set seed, and die all in one season.
How often should I fertilize?
Fertilizing is vital, especially for blooming plants. The more a plant blooms, the more fertilizing it will need. For garden beds, put down an organic time-release fertilizer in spring and late summer. For pots and baskets, fertilizing every two weeks is needed.
How often should I water my plants?
If newly planted in the ground, 1” of slow watering once a week is adequate. For established ground plants, the roots are deeper allowing for moisture uptake, so water if no rain for over 2 weeks. For potted plants, do the finger test by placing finger into the soil and water if dry.
Difference between compost and mulch?
Compost is a soil enhancer used mostly in vegetable gardens. In addition to enhancing curb appeal, mulch is used in perennial beds to hold in moisture. Popular options include non-dyed hardwood mulch, cedar mulch, or pine straw.
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Why do my flowers look brown and unhealthy?
Usually the cause is related to lack of water and fertilizer. Hanging baskets can dry out quickly so doing the finger test and fertilizing every two weeks can help keep them looking vibrant. To keep them fresh all summer, cut off the hanging flowers in mid-July to help generate new growth.
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What about weeds in my spring landscaping?
Chemical sprays can be harsh for the environment. To avoid the sprays, consider using a sprinkled weed preventer to keep weeds from sprouting. Adding a weed preventer to your decorative beds in winter, mid-summer, and fall with a layer of mulch over it should keep the weeds at bay.
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