Planting flowers may seem as easy as purchasing them at the lawn and garden store, bringing them home and putting them into the soil, but this will not always ensure that they survive. There are some definite steps that need to be taken when planting flowers to be certain they will make it through a season, or if they are perennials or bulbs that they survive through the years.
Before you begin planting flowers it is absolutely essential to have a garden design picked out. Just going to the store and selecting garden flowers means you will just end up with a mess of different flowers that you may not need or end up wanting in the garden.
Decide on color patterns, where they will be located at, such as in a walkway design or patio design, and whether they will be spread out or close together.
Once you head to the store, be sure to check out how well the flowers will do in the area of the yard. Planting flowers that need lots of sunlight in a shady area just doesn’t make any sense because they will not flourish. You will also want to consider planting flowers that need a lot of water in areas of the yard that get lots of rainfall or that are near the sprinkler system.
Before planting flowers, it is absolutely necessary to check for signs of discoloration or disease. Even if the flowers didn’t look discolored when you first picked them up at the garden store, return them or discard them if you feel they may have a plant disease. Planting flowers with diseases will spread them into the soil and throughout the entire garden. This goes for bulbs as well. If the bulbs look to be discolored or weak, do not plant them in the garden.
Prepare the soil where you plan on planting flowers before you even bring the flowers out to plant. This means using fertilizers, organic pesticides, compost, and top soil mixed into the sand. Remember to always test the pH of the soil either with a home testing kit or with the help of landscaping companies who have experience testing soil to make sure the soil is well balanced between 6.5 to 7 before planting flowers.
Remember that when planting flowers that have come out of a container, it is important to break up the soil around the roots to help spread them into the ground. This simply means removing the root base from the container and massaging it with your hands to break it up slightly before placing it in a hole in the ground.