Planting a flower garden is a great way to add color to your yard or enhance newly installed mulch beds. If you’re interested in doing the gardening yourself, here are some common tips to follow that will help get you started on the right foot.
- It’s good to go in with a plan, although it’s not necessary to professionally design a full garden, especially if you’re starting small. (However, if you are interested in letting the experts do the work, Moscarino can design and install your garden.)
- It’s important to pick a spot that receives enough sun. Most flowers need six hours of sunlight each day, although many can still thrive in more shaded areas. Don’t worry too much about researching sun/shade needs of each plant. Most will list this information on the plant tags or you can ask the staff at the garden center.
- Regardless of where you choose to start planting, the soil has to be suitable for plant growth. Soil should be moist, but have good drainage. It’s probably a given that your soil will need a boost. A quick, easy way to achieve this is by adding a 2-3” layer of compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings or old manure. If you dig, you’ll want to till the compost, or other material, into the soil. If you don’t dig, leave the material on the surface and it will work its way into the soil on its own.
- As a beginner, one of the best ways to pick plants for your garden is to go to the garden center and simply browse around. If something catches your eye, check the label to make sure it will work in your garden’s location according to sunlight requirements. If you are starting small, it’s best to stick to a few plants as opposed to a large variety. Be sure to choose plants that all have the same growing requirements.
- When it comes to actually planting your flowers, it’s best to water them in their pots the day before you start, but don’t remove them from their pots until the installation. If the roots have grown together, you can break them apart with your hands or use a gardening knife to cut vertical slits through the root system if it is very tightly packed. Pay attention to how deep the pots are – you’ll want to bury the plants to the same depth in the soil. Water your garden immediately following installation.
- When it comes to maintaining your garden, there are a few tips that always apply. Make sure your plants are getting at least one inch of water each week. Weeding is also important as weeds can damage and interfere with the growth of your plants. When you see dead blossoms, you should remove them in order to promote the growth of the healthy blossoms. Lastly, taller plants may need to be staked to keep them from flopping over.
If you’re finding that one of your plant choices isn’t thriving, replace it with a new choice. Beginner gardening will take some trial and error, as well as time to keep up with seasonal changes your garden goes through. The more you work in your garden, the more you’ll be able to anticipate problems before they occur. Just like any hobby, the most important thing is to have fun with it!