With spring well underway, it is time to think about getting your flower beds started and growing for beautiful blooms well into the summer and into the fall. If you aren’t sure how to go about setting up a flowerbed, here is a simple five-step process that you can follow.
Step #1: Choose the Right Spot
Before you start creating a flower bed, you need to look over the area to ensure you are picking a good location for your flowers. This includes checking to be sure it gets enough sunlight while also determining whether or not water tends to collect in the area. Once you have determined it to be a good location, be sure to clean out all weeds, roots and rocks so your new plants can thrive.
Step #2: Choose the Right Items
When choosing plants for your garden, be sure to plan for the seasons. If you are purchasing annuals, know that you will have to replace them next season. While perennials come back each year, their blooms typically do not last as long as those found on annuals. As such, you may want to plant a combination of annuals and perennials in order to ensure ongoing color throughout the season. You should also plant evergreen shrubs or ornamental grasses in order to provide structure as well as year-round interest.
Step #3: Prepare the Flowers
If you are planting seeds in your flowerbeds, you will need to determine whether or not they should be put directly in the soil or started indoors beforehand. If planting nursery plants, on the other hand, you need to be prepared to plant them immediately after purchase in order to improve their chances for survival. Be sure to water the plants as soon as you get home as well as a few hours before planting in order to help their roots survive the trauma of being transplanted.
Step #4: Plan the Layout
Before you start planting your new flowers, be sure to consider the ultimate layout of your garden bed. In addition to thinking about color, you should also consider the eventual height of the plant. Low-growing flowers should be planted at the front of the bed where they can be easily viewed while taller plants should be placed in the back or in the center of a circular flowerbed. You should also be sure to give the plants plenty of space for growth. To cover the ground while you wait for the plants to grow, consider adding spreading varieties to your garden as well.
Step #5: Add the Final Touches
To create a more polished look, you will also want to add edging and mulch to your flowerbed. Avoid using edges made of plastic and choose a more natural-looking and longer-lasting option such as brick, concrete or stone. While it is more expensive, it creates a cleaner look and will save you a lot of work in the long-run. Similarly, adding mulch will help to make your flowerbeds really pop while also helping to conserve moisture and prevent weeds.