The spring season is perhaps the most colorful season of the year. It is during this season that trees blossom and plants flower into the most vibrant hues.
This is also the best season to care for your garden. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, children are out in the fields; life is somewhat reborn!
If you are planning a spring garden, the first thing that you ought to do is to find the perfect spot in your home or your backyard. Although some flowers like hydrangeas and begonias prefer the shade, most perennial plants require a good amount of sunlight.
So look for an area in your porch or your garden where your perennials plants can get the optimum amount of sunrays. Keep in mind, too, that trellis or fences can make an attractive backdrop for your perennial flowers. Next, clear the area of weeds and sods; you definitely would not want them to compete with your beautiful flowers.
After you have done the steps above, the next thing that you need to check is the soil. Give your soil a lift by adding organic material like compost, dried leaves, or animal manure.
Organic material helps retain the moisture as well as the nutrients in the soil; elements crucial for your plant’s vitality. Microorganisms as well as insects and worms that helps pulverize the soil also love organic material.
Now that everything is set, all that is lacking is your flower. Shopping for plant could be the most interesting part of all. Although shopping for the right plant to buy can be a tedious task, but it isn’t exactly difficult. After all, no matter what kind you got, spring flowers are always a feast to the eyes.
Brightly colored Spring flowers in shades of yellow, orange, purple, or blue, and annual and perennial flowers such as daffodils, anemones, and muscaris, for instance, are always the perfect choice for your spring garden. Arrange your plants such that the taller ones are placed at the back, medium-sized ones in the middle, and the shorter ones up front. Some perennials bloom at different seasons throughout the year, so you may want to consider these when choosing flowers.
However, if you’re somebody who does not have a green thumb, but nevertheless, a flower enthusiast, go for annuals that are easy to grow like geraniums, marigolds, sunflowers, snapdragons, and petunias. These flowers come in different sizes and colors. It will be a joyous and stress-relieving activity to visit your garden once they bloom.
So, you’ve found the perfect spot, pound your soil, and planted your seedlings. Are these reasons enough to sit back, relax, and simply wait for Mother Nature to run her course? Hardly! Caring for your garden is like caring for human life. A mother’s care does not end with the birth of her baby, but it continues until the baby becomes an adult. Maintenance is instrumental in ensuring that you will have healthy, radiant blooms in your garden.
Maintaining a spring garden requires patience and special attention. Remember that just like all living things, plants, too, need special attention. Water your plants everyday, specifically in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun has already gone down. Water is vital to any forms of life, and that does not exclude plant life. Water them gently, not forcefully, concentrating more on the roots.
However, do not neglect to water every part of the plant, as well. Remember that every part of the plant requires some degree of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, and water transports these nutrients to where they are most needed.
Occasionally, check your garden for weeds as well as harmful insects and small animals that are out to harm your garden babies. Weeds steal your plants nutrients and sunlight, thus rendering them less vibrant. Insects and small animals can directly eat your plants leaves and flowers, sometimes wiping them out overnight.
Moreover, don’t forget to fertilize! Necessary nutrients may already be found in the soil, but only fertilizers can provide them in abundant quantities. As plants grow, their nutrient requirements also increase. This makes it more important to fertilize periodically, or as often as necessary.
However, too much of a good thing is still harmful; the same thing with fertilizers. An overdose of fertilizers can kill your plants so you might want to ask your vendor as to the right quantity to use.
If all the simple tips are given above are followed, there should be no reason why your spring gardening will not be rewarding.