Outdoor flower beds

children30344134.jpgMany people take for granted the front of their homes during a large part of the year, but now is the time when people start thinking about outdoor spaces and making them look better. Having outdoor flower beds is a great way to increase the curb appeal of your home and also to make using outdoor spaces more comfortable and enjoyable.

Planting a garden outside is much easier than many people think, but careful planning and dedication are necessary to really make the job pay off. It is much more difficult to plan a garden if you aren't sure what you are going to put in the garden or even where the garden will be. The location of the garden and the types of light and shade it gets during the day can greatly influence the types of plants you choose. If you aren't sure about what the best location for a garden would be in your yard, then make a sketch of your yard and all the features and take it to your local nursery. They will have more recommendations about what plants to put in certain areas of your yard and how to care for them.

When you have had some time to plan out where you will put your flower garden then you should draw things out and decide what plants you think will work best in those areas based on the recommendations of the nursery. Along with the types of plants and the quantity, you will also need to establish a budget and stick to that budget when you are buying the plants and other items that need to be purchased. Most people forget that the plants are not the only expense for a flower garden and that more materials need to be included in the budget as well.

A great way to ensure that you get the best blooms out of your plants is by using local plants. These are normally available at local nurseries along with advice that can be given by the staff to help you choose the best plants. The reason local plants are better is because they have proven they can live and thrive in the climate and also because you will likely not need to give them as much attention as non-native plants. Many people don't recommend buying plants from big box stores because of the conditions the plants were grown under. Most people naturally gravitate to the plants with the largest or most plentiful flowers, but this isn't the best strategy. Look for plants that have healthy leaves and no signs of disease or problems. Although the flowers are nice, they are not the best sign of how the plants will look later or how well they will grow.

When you have selected the plants and the other materials you will be using, you will need to prepare the plants. This may sound bad, but you actually want to prune the plants and pinch off the flowers. You really want the plants to focus on growing strong roots that will be able to support the flowers when they come back. This technique will also encourage more flowers to grow later on as well. Prepare the ground where you will be putting the flowers to have enough soil to support the plants and provide the nutrients necessary for sustained growth. Then plant the flowers according to the recommendations that came from the grower. Then put a layer of mulch between one and three inches thick to insulate the soil and help it retain moisture. This will make it easier for the flowers to continue growing and have a long life.

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