Flower Bed Care

Flower Bed Care -Landscape tips, landscape bed, flower beds.

Flower Bed Care

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Flower bed care is essential to beautiful landscaping. Many people are put off by the amount of work that goes into keeping flower beds beautiful. However, the key to beautiful flower beds is keeping maintenance to a minimum.

Check out the landscape tips below to keep your flower beds eco friendly and simple for you!

Flower Bed Care - Weeding:

Spend the time to weed well in the spring and you'll find that the rest of the year will be a breeze for your flower beds. As you complete your spring cleaning, add a fresh layer of mulch after you've cleared out all weeds. The mulch serves multiple purposes.

First, it's attractive and helps make your flower beds more attractive. Mulch will also assist with keeping weed growth down by not allowing sun to reach the weeds. Another great benefit to mulch is that it helps to retain water, which results in less water used and lower watering costs.

For a lot of information of mulching visit our page on Garden Mulch.

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Use Corn Gluten For Weed Control

To stop weeds from germinating, consider using Corn Gluten. Corn gluten is great because it's a natural product that will stop weeds from germinating. It also acts as a fertilizer and can be used on the lawn and in landscaped areas for both weed control and for fertilization purposes.

It's important to note though that corn gluten will also stop flowers and other plant seeds from germinating - so don't plant anything from seed after you've used corn gluten. It should also be used early in the year before weeds have a chance to germinate.

For existing weeds, Green Living Made Easy recommends using white distilled vinegar as a method of control instead of herbicides containing chemicals. Straight household vinegar placed in a spray bottle is effective at killing most weeds.

It will also kill plants, so make sure you are careful to spray only the weeds and to spray on days when there is no wind.

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Make Sure To Thoroughly Mulch Before Winter

Flower Bed Care - Winter Protection:

For the best winter protection, refresh your mulch at the end of each growing season, especially if you are using a natural, organic mulch. The mulch moderates the temperatures and minimizes heaving of the soil, which can lift perennials right out of the ground.

This is especially true if you plant borderline plants that are not quite winter hardy in your area. You can quite often push the USDA hardiness zone by 1/2 to 1 zone by choosing a protected area and applying plenty of mulch and winter covering over the plant.

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Flower Bed Care - Staking Plants:

If you don't want to get into staking your plants, avoid tall varieties such as delphiniums and lupines that have weak stalk structures and bend or break easily.

To avoid staking on perennials that typically do required staking, try cutting down the clump early in the year, it will become shorter and bushier.

If you do decide to stake, there are several easy ways to stake perennials. We love bamboo stakes (link to Amazon) because they are natural and cheap. They are typically green in color and come in a variety of sizes.

Avoid windy sites for tall perennials.

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Flower Bed Care - Watering:

First of all, It's important to note that the more established a perennial bed becomes, the more drought-tolerant it will become. This is because the root structure extends deep with well-established beds.

As we mentioned before, mulching preserves what water you do put on the bed by minimizing evaporation due to sun and wind exposure.

For great flower bed care, we highly recommend installing a drip irrigation system to make your flower bed care simpler and more streamlined. You'll also save money on water. Installing a drip system is not nearly as hard (or as expensive) as many people think. Visit our Drip Irrigation articles for more information.

When you do water, make it a habit to water deep and less often. This will force the root growth down.

Flower Bed Care - Controlling Pests:

For many people, pest control includes dealing with deer and rabbits, as well as slugs and aphids. Refer to our section on Organic Pest Control for a full description of products and the pests they control organically.

Flower Bed Care - Deadheading:

This is a process of removing spent blooms. It is a task that is optional for the gardener. Deadheading gives additional energy to the plant to produce more prolific blooms throughout the blooming season. It can also extend the blooming season.

If you wish to minimize self-seeding from your perennials, you may want to deadhead. Also if you deadhead you have the dilemma of how to handle the stem. Cut it down or save it? If your time is limited, forget the deadheading process. If you want your perennials to be all that they can be, do it religiously.

To make dead-heading easy, Green Living Made Easy recommends the Felco pruning shears to make this task fast and easy.

Flower Bed Care - Pinching or Cutting Back:

Pinching is the process of removing the aggressive stem tips of the plant. To pinch, you'll use your thumb and index finger to pinch off the stem. Doing this causes the plant to expend its energy in forming additional off-shoots. The result is bushier plants. You may want to pinch a couple of times each year, but remember that each time you do, you delay the flowering of the plant, so do this with care.

Cutting Back refers to removing more than just the growing tip. It usually involves removal of the top 1/3 of the plant to promote a second bloom for the plant. You'll typically cut back with hedge trimmers or gardening shears.

Again, to make pinching back Green Living Made Easy recommends the Felco pruning shears to make this task fast and easy.

Winter Cleanup:

The final process of the growing year if preparing for the next growing season. I feel the best kind of winter cleanup is no cleanup at all. It really does no harm to the plants at all by preserving the dead growth. As a matter of fact the dead leaves and stems promote snow buildup and give more insulation to the plants. The dead leaves and stems themselves add to this insulation as well.

We recommend handling winter cleanup in the spring. The materials will pull away much easier and cleanup will be a breeze. Then follow up immediately with a good mulch covering.