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Caring for your Flower Garden

How you care for your flower garden can make a big difference in the look and over-all health of your plants. Below are some simple and helpful hints to help your garden bloom.

1. Giving major consideration to the essentials.

Your flower garden must have an adequate supply of water, sunlight, and fertile soil. Lack of these basic necessities will greatly affect the health of your plants. Watering your flower garden more frequently during dry spells will hydrate your flowers and plants to help them get the nutrients that they need,providing your soil has the proper nutrients in it. 

When planting bulbs, make sure to plant them at the correct depth. When planting shrubs and perennials, make sure that you don't heap up the soil or mulch around the stem. If you do, water can drain off instead of sinking in, and the stem could rot through overheating.

2. Mixing and matching annuals with perennials. 

Perennial flower bulbs need not to be replanted since they grow and bloom for several years, while annuals grow and bloom for only one season. Mixing a few perennials with annuals ensures that you will always have blooms coming in.

3. Increasing more blossoms by deadheading.

Deadheading is simply snipping off the flower head after it wilts. This will make the plant produce more flowers. Just make sure that you don't discard the deadhead on the garden because this can cause mildew and other plant disease to attack your plants.

4.Which bugs are good & which ones are bad for your garden? 

Most garden insects do more good than harm. Butterflies, beetles and bees are known pollinators. They fertilize plants through unintentional transfer of pollen from one plant to another. 80% of flowering plants rely on insects for survival. 

Sowbugs and dung beetles together with fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms are necessary to help in the decomposition of dead plant material, which in turn enriches the soil, making more nutrients available for growing plants.

Other types of insects like lacewings and dragonflies are natural predators of those insects that do the real damage, such as aphis.

An occasional application of liquid fertilizer when plants are flowering will keep them blooming much longer if done properly.

Always prune any dead or damaged branches. Fuchsias are particularly known for snapping when you brush against them. The broken branch can be planted in a pot to give you a new plant, so it will not be wasted.

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