The majority of people are attracted to flowers and relish the beauty they generate in their presence. While the majority of people love a beautiful flower garden, they cannot find time in their busy lives for optimal flower bed maintenance. Flower bed maintenance can be a tedious process if not planned and executed smartly. You perhaps know about the overall pattern of your flower bed, but some queries revolve around you. How big should be your flower bed? What should be the ideal selection of plants? How can you ensure low flower bed maintenance so that you don’t have to spend much time on them? Finally, is this truly possible?
How do you carry hassle-free Flower Bed maintenance?
Low maintenance implies taking smart plant choices and planning well before you start the process so that there will not be a flower garden that needs loads of timely work to appear beautiful. Below are some key maintenance tips.
Amend the Soil:
Good soil is a primary aspect of having a good flower bed. Regardless of the types of soil you have, it can be improved but it should be done before you plant the flower. Make sure to include a blend of compost and peat moss, ensuring to enhance the richness of the soil. Take out if any rocks and roots that may be present and loosen the clumps of soil. Compost and peat moss are key in both draining and retaining the nutrients depending on the type of soil.
Choose the Right Flowers to Plant in Your landscape:
- Planting flowers that do not like too hot situations or vice versa can lead the way to high maintenance. You may spend loads of time either watering them constantly or chop the extra leaves over and over. Research well and select flowers that are ideal for your conditions. Hence, it is always advised to select native plants, that are adjusted to the precise climate without much maintenance. If you choose the correct plants, you not only will have to maintain them less but also get a beautiful result without any hiccups.
- To know the water distribution system of the soil in your location, native plants are the best ones to start with. Once you know the pattern of their growth, you can plan and take it further. Subsequently, know which bioregions are identical to your location. The amount of heat, rain, and sun they can withstand will have a huge impact on future growth. Hence, flower plants that grow in similar climate condition regions, have more probability to grow without any setbacks.
- Flowers that need low maintenance are flowers that don’t need a frequent cut-off or minimal ones. Cutting- off means no chopping of the flowers but the already blossomed flower parts. Don’t think that flowers that grow easily are the ones that need low maintenance. Some types of flowers are easy to grow but may need high maintenance, as they, may need frequent cut-off sessions for keeping their look pleasing and healthy.
The initial weeks of the flower bed are important for supplying a sufficient quantity of water. You may also have to check if the water type is suited for your flower plants. Some water sources may be salty for the flowers hence you may want to make alternate plans like harvesting rainwater. If you make adjustments like wells around the flower plants, they will aid in retaining the water for longer. If your region has too much sunshine, then keep an eye on the evaporation rate of water.
Include Soaker Hose:
Your flower bed will need an adequate quantity of water to ensure its optimal health. Soaker hoses will help release an adequate quantity of water at a slow pace to the roots. It is the best plan to ensure minimal maintenance in the future. Also, it is easy to cover the soaker hose beneath the mulch.
The majority of flower plants will demand digging the hole with the same depth and double the width of your flower plant roots. The soil around the roots must be amended properly before settling the area on the surface. Making small wells around the region is wiser to ensure the retainment of moisture. Stick to your initial assessment of the soil to guarantee that the growth is the expected line.
Mulch the Flower Bed:
Mulching is crucial to ensure that the flower bed remains healthy and low on maintenance. Optimal mulching will be responsible for retaining moisture and avoids the growth of weeds. It also avoids the drying of soil from the sun rays and the development of crusts that stops water penetration to the roots. You can perform a proper soil assessment before you decide on including a precise type of mulch in your flower bed. This part can be neglected easily and you may repent it in the latter days when flower plants reach the mature age and demand loads of maintenance with the growth of weeds and lack of moisture in the soil.
Include a Ground Cover:
With the crucial role of mulches, there’s equal importance to ground cover plants such as periwinkle, pachysandra, ajuga, etc. Make a plan to include these types of ground cover plants and insert them into some areas, allowing them to cover around the flower plants. It will avoid you from frequent mulching, and the flower bed will require only minimal maintenance.
The maintenance of your flower bed is dependent on the initial choice of design, preparation of the soil, and type of flowers. Hence, chose an experienced and reliable lawn care firm that can not only give you the best design but also provide the best tips to maintain the landscape for longer without any hiccups. With an experience of 2 decades working with landscapes along the Wasatch Front, Affordable Lawn Care and Landscape LLC understands all the key aspects and takes care of your landscape with a customized plan.