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8 Steps on How to Get the Most Out of Your Flowers

8 Steps on How to Get the Most Out of Your Flowers

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It’s spring time and if you can’t already tell, I really love my flowers. There is something so satisfactory in turning ugly winter beds into thriving floral treasure troves. But, with all that planting comes a lot of work. Over the years I’ve developed my green thumb and have I got some tips for you! Trust me, these will make your life a little easier and also ease up the burden on your wallet as well. Take a look at my 8 easy steps on how to get the most out of your flowers this spring and summer.
How to get the most out of your flowers

How to Get the Most Out of Your Flowers

1.Don’t plant too early. I learned this the hard way and unfortunately had flowers die. Some plants are much more hardy than others.  It will usually tell you right on the tag what temperatures they can tolerate. For example, petunias can survive temperatures as low as 40 degrees where potato vines can’t go lower then 50 degrees. So, save yourself some money and heartache and hold off a little bit longer.

2. Dirt is key. Flowers need nutrients just as we do so having good dirt is very important. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy soil pep (although it would help.) It can be as easy as adding grass to your dirt. We use a rototiller to turn our grass in as well as making the dirt nice and soft. If you don’t have a rototiller you can turn the dirt with a shovel.

3. When planting your flowers, decide how close you want them. Make sure to read the tag and it will tell you how big they get. I like to plant mine a little closer than recommended because I like my flowers to be full and overlapping.

 How to get the most out of your flowers

 

4.  Lay your flowers out first. I usually lay mine all out in a pattern and then go back and dig a hole, add a time release fertilizer, and plant.  This will help your flowers grow larger and healthier.

5. Feed your plants. I use Miracle Gro once a week to ensure my plants are well fed. It is true, they do grow bigger!!

6. Dead Head!  Make sure you are cutting off the dead flowers. This will conveniently help your plant to stay bright all summer, in addition to allowing the plant to grow more flowers as it isn’t sending nutrients to dead flowers!

7. Keep the weeds away!  I don’t always have time to pull every single weed, so I use my little hand rake to turn the dirt and uproot any weed that might be growing.  I do this once a week and it helps with the weed control tremendously!

8. … Enjoy! I love to sit in my front yard and enjoy my flowers.

8 easy steps to get the most out of your flowers

 

8 easy steps to get the most out of your flowers

 

Get thriving flowers this season!
I hope you can get the most out of your flowers this season! Happy Gardening!!
Brooke
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3 Comments

  1. Shane and Kenzie
    August 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    Reply

    Wow, your yard is BEAUTIFUL! I love how full it is. I am a huge fan of potato vines…I think they are the most gorgeous, yet simple plant, and they take up a lot of room.

  2. The Rodda's
    August 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm
    Reply

    Let me tell you a thing or two about Gardening….if you don't mind…
    1. I suck
    2. I do not have a green thumb!
    LOL!!!!!!!

  3. Grandma Duffy
    August 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm
    Reply

    it all looks great! Inside and out!

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