by Frank Kehren
Tips For Maintaining Your Flowering Gardens
Help in maintaining your flowering gardens
Want to know some tips on getting a healthy,blooming and well maintained flowering gardens. Read on and learn good insider tips and advice. Our tips are aimed at gardeners of all standards, whether you are the serious gardener or the potter around the garden type of person, to be rewarded with wonderful flowering gardens.
Our aim is to help and guide you throughout the seasons of the year. giving you relevant information on what is happening in your garden at that moment, and what you should be doing to achieve the best results for your efforts. This is one of the best times of the year, watching your garden wake up from its hibernation,getting ready for its endless toll of bursting out in bloom and spreading its aromatic scents that dance around the garden tantilising your nostrils and senses, lifting your spirit and making you feel like a million dollars The wonder that is nature has sprung. This time of year is one of the busiest parts of the seasons, now that winter has become a distant memory and spring has officially arrived. Plants and trees are bursting into life from there dormant state, being fed on the ever increasing rise in temperature from the suns rays. What a wonderful sight to watch the garden awake from its slumber to start its yearly ritual, bringing us a never ending explosion of colour and to fill the air with its wonderful aromatic scents. Giving daily changes for us to discover, as we walk admiringly round our gardens.
It is only fair that that we repay the flowering plants, shrubs and trees for their tireless work they are about to embark on over the coming months by giving them the best care we can. This does not have to mean a great expense of money or time.
Try the following easy tips for your flowering gardens
Walk round and prune off dead, broken and damaged stems. Do the same for any trees also raking up any fallen twigs.
Replace any dead plants (making sure they actually are dead and not still dormant)
Remember, Just the effort of dead heading flowering bulbs achieves a tidier garden and the bulb improves as the energy goes into enlargement instead of setting seed heads.
Hoe the garden to loosen the soil and remove any weeds
Add Fertilizer to feed the plants (But make sure its not to cold or wet and that the ground has started to warm up) Chicken pellets are a good all round general fertilizer Plants like Rhododendrons and azaleas will need feeding with an acid based fertilizer
For great flowering gardens summer bulbs and corms need planting now. Remember to dig your holes wider and deeper than required to allow you to add a 50/50 mix of compost and sharp sand which will help to get the best out of your bulbs and improve your flowering gardens.
We must not forget about some lawn care as this is some peoples pride and joy, and even comes before plants.
This is the best time to scarify the lawns ready for the onslaught of the summer months. What this means is you should be removing everything that is not grass such as moss and weeds. This is best done by using a lawn or spring tine rake or if it is a large area you can buy or hire a scarifyer. (well worth it ) The easiest way to clear the mess up is run the lawnmower with a collector on over it. As a side note – make sure you have cut the grass and it is dry, if not you could start to tear it out which is not very clever.
This is also the right time to aerate your lawns after scarifying. This means you open up the ground to allow the soil to breath and allow water to penetrate. Over the winter period the ground gets compacted with all the wet and people walking on it. This is done by sticking a garden fork into the ground and penetrating the surface by up a couple of inches. You stand on the fork and move it back and forth if it is really hard. You then move forward a couple of inches and repeat the process, try to get in a rhythm and it will make it easier. When you reach the other end, turn round, move over a fork width and come back.(Wear good leather boots and do not jump on the fork as this could damage the sole of your foot) Again you can purchase or hire a push along or motorised aerater
Do not weed and feed your lawn at this point until your lawn has time to recover about two or three weeks time. Also you should not feed your lawn until the frosts have gone and when you do, make sure you water it in if it dose not rain within a couple of days. (try not to walk on it until the fertilizer has dissolved as this can cause brown patches)
Till the next time enjoy your flowering gardens
Ted & Sandra