Planting Spring Flowers – 5 Steps To Success
When spring has finally sprung, it’s a time of abundance, beauty, and color – and spring flowers are emblematic of the new beginnings offered by this wonderful time of the year.
However, spring flowers are delicate, and can be difficult to plant. Incorrect planting can lead to late blooming, stunted growth, or even death. Because of this, it’s important that you plant your flowers correctly, and ensure that they can grow up happy and healthy all throughout the spring.
In this guide, we’ll take you through the 5 basic steps you need to follow for healthy and gorgeous spring flowers. Read on, and learn with us.
Cultivate New Compost Into Your Soil Bed
Great flowers start with great nutrition – and great nutrition starts with compost. If you aren’t composting yourself, you should start! It’s a great way to get rid of excess vegetation and organic food scraps, and provides your plants with the awesome nutrition that they need to grow to their full potential.
However, you can also buy compost from any nursery or gardening facility near you in Atlanta, so whether you make your own or buy it, get your hands on some of this organic goodness, and mix it into the soil of your flowerbed, integrating it thoroughly.
Select The Right Flowers For Your Needs
The best spring flowers for Atlanta plantings have great durability and resistance to drought – they don’t need much water to thrive.
Examples of great spring flowers for Georgia include petunias, begonias, and coleus, caphaea, and Cajun ruellia, among others. Consult with a gardening expert at your local nursery to find the flowers that you love, and that will fit in with the rest of your landscaping.
Mound Your Flower Bed For Drainage And Plant
Water is not always a friend to flowers. Excessive moisture and water buildup can damage roots and make your flowers more prone to disease. So while it’s important to keep your plants watered, it’s equally important to ensure that excess water has a place to go after you finish irrigating.
Mounding your flowerbed is a simple process that allows for great drainage. You’ll want a peak of about 18-36 inches high, depending on the size of your flowerbeds.
Dirt fill can be useful in this process if your flower beds aren’t mounded – high-quality topsoil should be mixed with compost and used to top up your existing flower beds.
Spread the topsoil across your flowerbed, and work it into a peak around the middle of your flower bed. Water it and pack it firmly, and then plant your flowers.
After planting, the root systems of your flowers will ensure that the topsoil doesn’t spread, and that your plants have adequate drainage.
Add Water – And Liquid Fertilizer
Spring flowers can be delicate when they’re first planted, and they need all the help they can get when first planted into your flowerbeds. Liquid fertilizer allows nutrition like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to be delivered efficiently to your flowers, aiding them in establishing healthy root systems.
Add liquid fertilizer to water, as instructed by your particular product, and apply generously to your flowerbeds. Repeat if desired, or as your fertilizer product instructs you to.
Mulch Your Bed With Pine Nuggets And Water To Help Establish Root Systems
Mulching with pine nuggets is a good way to help keep in moisture and protect your newly-mounded flower beds from erosion, as well as add a great natural appearance to your plantings.
Pine nuggets also help moderate extreme temperature shifts, which can be somewhat common in the early days of spring, even in Georgia. This ensures that your plants don’t fall victim to frost or cold nights.
Finally, continue watering your flowers regularly to promote healthy root system growth. You’ll need to water more often in the early days of your plantings, as new flowers require more water.
Your new flowerbed’s need for water depends on your climate, the area in which you planted, and many other factors. The best way to figure out if your flowers need watering is the “finger test.”
Just stick your finger 2-3 inches down into your flowerbed. If it feels wet, you don’t need to water your flowers. If it’s slightly moist, you can add a bit more water if desired, and if your soil feels totally bone-dry, you should water your flowers ASAP.
Need Spring Flower Planting Services? Contact O’Neill Landscape Group Now!
O’Neill Landscape Group is proud to provide the best spring flower planting services in the metro Atlanta area. If you’re looking to beautify your landscaping, but are short on time or gardening experience, we can help you find gorgeous, climate-appropriate spring flowers that will do the trick.
So don’t let lacks of time or energy prevent your landscaping from living up to its full potential. Get in touch with O’Neill Landscape Group, and bring in the spring season in style – with a beautiful, sweet-smelling spring flower installation that perfectly accents your home.