GUIDE TO OUTDOOR SEASONAL COLOR
This Guide to outdoor seasonal color will help you spruce up your landscape with a splash of color. Some people just like getting their hands in the dirt even though they have a landscaper. Others just like seeing the results of the landscaper. Here is a simple guide to getting professional results. First, let’s look past the obvious colors of the flowers and textures of leaves. Location and the soil and the animals that nature has in your yard. Bunnies, dear and slugs can have a factor of the type of plants to be planted there.
Choosing the location and the desired effect of the project. A cluster of pots and containers of different sizes and shapes. Back waterway decks and pools and surrounding welcoming patios. Driveways with flowers that bring your eye to the buildings front door.
Shade VS Sun
Planting that is in the sun for 4 hours a day will bloom better. Planting on the south side and next to pavement will dry out plants and the ground. Just be mindful of these sunny dry areas when choosing plantings.
Soil needs to be prepared for the plantings. Addition of some incorporation of some fertilizer such as 10-10-10. For every 100 yards use about 1-2 lbs. of fertilizer. Working all the new material with 3-4 inches tilled into 6-8 inches of the existing soil to assure proper root sprouting. Even nature plants will benefit from the proper soil preparation.
Sun requirements for the plant and matching the right plant for the right spot. Start with the taller plants in the back, stair step or tapering down to the front with smaller plants. Check with your neighborhood garden shop or better yet call us to help you get to get some professional help.
Bedding plants typically come in 4” to gallon size pots. Choose plants that have lots of leaves and not brown or yellow spots. Hardy stems and you can check the roots by pulling the plant out of the market sleeve/pot and check to see if the roots are grown to the outside of the container without being matted or growing cramped.
Don’t plant too soon, typically the annuals like the warm soil and supply temperatures to grow well. Mother’s Day is great for summer annuals and in the fall annuals like mid-September, while the sun is still warm. Know your planting zone before you order your plants seeds or plants online. Better yet head out to your neighborhood garden shop to see what lives and blooms in your neighborhood.
When ready to place the plant in the ground. First, make sure to water the plant in the pot. A nice drink of water to keep the soil and roots together when removing the container. Then, loosen up any roots that might be compacted by tapping the sides of the container to break up the soil ball part. Place the plant at the same height as in the pot into the ground, carefully pat the plant into place in the surrounding areas.
A good watering to get deep into the soil to promote deep-rooted plants. Best to have water plants overnight the day of planting to assure proper hydration. The automatic sprinkler system is best and saves your money by not over watering. Remember is plants are planted next to a large tree or shrub. Plants will need extra water for the larger plant will require more frequent water than other plants not planted near large plants or large grouping of plants.
Removing all weeds so they do not compete with the flowers needs. Most annual flowers require “dead-heading” removal of the dying flowers on a regular basis assures the proper nutrients and will help the plant to produce the best flowering beds.
Broedell landscaping team is here to make your property beautiful year round with beautiful colors and textures that will enhance the natural beauty of your home or business. We also do outdoor lighting to show off those beautiful plants at night too. Call to speak to Chris Broedell right now.