A container garden should be maintained just like a real garden should but only on a smaller scale. Container plantings contain lesser amounts of nutrients, soils, and water as compared to gardens. These limited amounts of nutrients and water in the soil needs to be replenished on a constant basis if the plant is to survive and promote healthy flower and foliage development.
There are many regular maintenance methods you can implement such as deadheading, proper soil compaction, and feedings to establish stunning looking displays all season long. Soil Compaction
Prevention of soil compaction is not exercised as much by gardeners as it should be. When you water your plants, the constant pounding effect the water has on the soil creates a hard outer crust that blocks air and water from passing through the top layer.
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Deadheading is a technique used by gardeners to promote the growth of new flowers. When flowers become old and spent, you must remove them so that the plant’s energy is not wasted on seed production of a dead flower. Picking these flower heads will also help you avoid them falling into the display and rotting the plants stems and foliage. Whether plants need deadheading to promote blossoming or purely for cosmetic reasons, it is always a good idea to deadhead to keep your plantings healthy and looking great. Plants the need frequent deadheading are Begoina, Dahlias, Petunia, and Canna.
Container plantings have a restricted root run and contain lesser amounts of nutrients for healthy plant growth. This is especially apparent in crowded containers,where there are numerous plants, and the supply of nutrients is rapidly exhausted. A good method is to mix fertilizer pellets into the potting mix during plantings to ensure a healthy amount of nutrients for your plants. Also, mix soluble powdered fertilizer into water containers or rain barrels, when it comes time to water plants. This will instantly provide nutrients and establish your plantings, no matter how densely packed your container is.
Not only does pruning shrubs, trees, and flowers keep a tidy appearance in your garden or landscape, but it’s also important to keep your plants from becoming overgrown and encroaching on your house, walkways, and driveways. The act of deadheading, or pruning spent or drying flowers, is a good way to encourage continual and healthy blooming on shrub roses, daylilies, and other flowering plants.
We understand that your pruning needs must fit in with the overall concept of the landscape. Some people prefer the clean, geometric appearance of rounding foundation shrubs and keeping all the plants tight and collected. Other landscapes have a natural and organic appeal and should be maintained to encourage growth and flowering.
We all know the constant frustrations with dealing with weeds in our landscape beds. Clover, chickweed, dandelions, crabgrass, and nutsedge are just some of the weeds that our landscapes battle with on a daily basis. In addition to making our landscapes look unkempt, weeds can steal vital nutrients from the soil and choke out our desired plants, so it’s important to keep up on pulling or spraying weeds.
Mulch is simply a term to describe a layer of organic or inert material that holds moisture in the soil and aids in weed control. The type of mulch you use depends on the location, area, and soil quality. Mulch should be chosen for its specific qualities and impacts on the rest of the landscape. We can help you choose the best material for your application.
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Your garden will have balance, unity of composition, and accent, for a garden is not merely a collection of flowering plants. Your garden is more than that. It is an artistic entity, effective for its purpose just so far as it follows out the fundamental concepts of design. Luxuriant flowers are only one factor in its success; there are other considerations of equal, if not greater, importance.
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