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How To Plant A Flower Bed

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Search Add New Question Should I get soil and mulch if my front yard is all mud? wikiHow Contributor You should fill in your yard with dirt so it does not hold water and stay muddy. Then add the soil and mulch. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 7 How do I trim an overgrown sage plant? wikiHow Contributor You should use scissors or a knife and just trim the parts that are overgrown! Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 6 Can I put chickens in with my garden? wikiHow Contributor It is up to you. Just make sure you don’t use any harsh chemicals or plants that could hurt the chickens. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 9 Helpful 15 How do I make a backyard flower garden in an area that has rocks and grass in it? wikiHow Contributor You should make a container garden and plant your flowers in pots. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 7 What do I do if the garden already has mulch? wikiHow Contributor Remove the layer of mulch with a shovel, plant the flowers, and then replace the mulch over the dirt. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 12 Helpful 16 How do I garden if it has a tarp? wikiHow Contributor Cut through the tarp to plant the seeds, put dirt (not the cut off tarp) on the seed, and do the regular things you need to do to grow plants. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 7 Helpful 10 Should I use mulch or fertilizer on a flower bed? wikiHow Contributor Both! Fertilizer contains nutrients for the flowers, while mulch conserves the soil moisture, puts an end to weeds, and improves the soil texture. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 1 I always have a lot of grass growing in my flower garden, how do I limit the grass growth? wikiHow Contributor The best way to keep grass and weeds out is to lay a tarp over the area, then plant your flowers, then add mulch. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 1 How do I know what flowers I can put in the same area with the others? wikiHow Contributor Research it depending on the plant, but you don’t want to put plants that need a lot of nutrients close together. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0 Should I add mulch after planting the flowers? wikiHow Contributor Like us, plants require good airflow to stay alive and well, and mulching too close can suffocate a plant. Mulching first is recommended and never more than 3″. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0 Show more answers
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How To Plant A Flower Bed

Tips Annuals are plants you plant every year. They are often inexpensive and many have brightly colored flowers, and they can be rewarding for beginners. The following season, you’ll need to replant or start over from seed. Some annuals are really “tender perennials”, which is to say that they are perennial in their native environments but tend to die back in winter when grown in colder climates. Perennials last from one year to the next. They, too, will require annual maintenance, but not replanting. Perennials may require division, support, extra care during winter months, and pruning or cutting back of old stems and blooms. It is usually good to plant a variety of perennials that will flower at different times of the year (Don’t just plant one type of flower or you will only get flowers a few weeks of the year). You can plant Annuals in between the perennials to fill in the spaces. Annuals add a lot to your garden because they tend to be more colorful than Perennials so use both. Annuals also bloom at different times of the year so use a variety. Whatever you plant, try to learn the name of it. If no care instructions come on the label or from the nursery, look it up online. If you have no idea or can’t find any information, you can always try it and see, but this can be a costly way to learn about gardening. Healthy, happy plants tend not to be as susceptible to pests and diseases. Here, too, prevention is easier than cure. Do your best to give your plants good soil and appropriate moisture, and choose plants that are suited to your climate and exposure. If you have a diseased plant, it is best to burn the plant rather than to try to nurse it back to health because it could infect similar plants in your garden. You can also put the plant in a plastic bag, tie it up and throw it away.
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How To Plant A Flower Bed

Annuals are plants you plant every year. They are often inexpensive and many have brightly colored flowers, and they can be rewarding for beginners. The following season, you’ll need to replant or start over from seed. Some annuals are really “tender perennials”, which is to say that they are perennial in their native environments but tend to die back in winter when grown in colder climates. Perennials last from one year to the next. They, too, will require annual maintenance, but not replanting. Perennials may require division, support, extra care during winter months, and pruning or cutting back of old stems and blooms. It is usually good to plant a variety of perennials that will flower at different times of the year (Don’t just plant one type of flower or you will only get flowers a few weeks of the year). You can plant Annuals in between the perennials to fill in the spaces. Annuals add a lot to your garden because they tend to be more colorful than Perennials so use both. Annuals also bloom at different times of the year so use a variety. Whatever you plant, try to learn the name of it. If no care instructions come on the label or from the nursery, look it up online. If you have no idea or can’t find any information, you can always try it and see, but this can be a costly way to learn about gardening. Healthy, happy plants tend not to be as susceptible to pests and diseases. Here, too, prevention is easier than cure. Do your best to give your plants good soil and appropriate moisture, and choose plants that are suited to your climate and exposure. If you have a diseased plant, it is best to burn the plant rather than to try to nurse it back to health because it could infect similar plants in your garden. You can also put the plant in a plastic bag, tie it up and throw it away.
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How To Plant A Flower Bed

In choosing the location for my flower bed and the placement of my plants, I followed a practice known as “layering.” In the context of planting flower beds, “layering” means you put the tallest flower bed plants in the back, the shortest in the front row, and the remaining plants in between. My layered flower bed should provide maximum visual appeal when all the plants mature.

How To Plant A Flower Bed

In this tutorial, I'll walk you through the strategic thinking and work steps I used to plant one flower bed.  The photo above demonstrates just how important it is to visualize the future when planning a flower bed. Though it doesn't look like much now, in a few months, this will be a full, colorful bed. The key is anticipating the heights, colors, textures and mass of all the various plants. 
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How To Plant A Flower Bed

Sunflowers Sunflower seeds are large and easy to handle, so they’re great for children or beginner gardeners. ‘Shock-O-Lat’, shown here, has giant, chocolate-brown blooms with golden tips. You can find sunflowers in many different sizes and colors; they grow happily in sunny gardens. Zinnia Look for zinnias in almost every color except blue; they’re also available in a variety of heights. The flowers may look like daisies or dahlias, spiders or pom poms and more. Plant them in the sun and space them as directed on the seed packet or label; good air circulation helps prevent disease. Marigolds Cheerful marigolds are easy to grow in sunny spots, brightening your garden with shades of yellow, red and gold as they bloom all summer long. African or American type marigolds grow 3 to 5 feet tall, but you can find shorter and more compact varieties. Pansies Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) add color to your garden while the weather is cool, in spring and fall. They’ll even overwinter in some regions if they’re mulched for protection. Give these undemanding little plants sun and soil that drains easily. Impatiens Impatiens ask little more than a shady spot and enough water to keep them from wilting. Plant these pretty annuals when the weather is reliably warm. In recent years, many impatiens (I. walleriana) have succumbed to downy mildew. ‘Big Bounce’ (pictured) is a new hybrid for shade to partial sun that resists this deadly disease. You’ll also find disease-resistant impatiens in the ‘Bounce’ series. Begonias Tough, can’t-kill summer begonias like ‘Surefire Rose’ are great for hanging baskets, containers or garden beds. Give them sun or shade and they’ll reward you with lots of lush color. Snapdragons Bring butterflies to your beginner’s garden with pink and cream snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) like ‘Twinny Appleblossom’. These plants bloom heavily and stand up to the often harsh weather in spring and fall. Daffodils Plant daffodil bulbs and stand back. They’ll burst into bloom each spring, filling your garden with color and fragrance. Give these hardy bulbs a sunny or partly sunny home in the garden or in containers; they’re best planted in the fall. Cosmos Add cosmos plants to your garden or grow these daisy-like flowers from seeds. These annuals are so undemanding, they’ll bloom even in poor soils. They like full sun (but appreciate afternoon shade in hot climates) and tolerate drought once they’re up and growing. Geraniums Great in window boxes, hanging baskets, pots or the garden, geraniums are low-maintenance plants. Grow these perky flowers for color from spring until frost; they prefer full sun, but may need some afternoon shade in hot regions. Morning Glories To help morning glory seeds sprout, soak them in tepid water the night before you plant or file the hard seed coat to open it. Once they’re started, morning glories can take care of themselves. But because they drop their seeds and self-sow readily, be careful where you plant them or you’ll be pulling volunteers for years! To help control unwanted seedlings, mow, rake or heavily mulch the ground underneath the plants. Blanket Flower (Gaillardia) Blanket flowers (Gaillardia) are native wildflowers in parts of the U.S., and they grow robustly in full sun. These butterfly magnets bloom from early summer into fall. Daylilies These sun-loving perennials bloom dependably in almost any kind of soil, as long as it drains easily. Best of all, you can divide them after a time and expand your garden.

How To Plant A Flower Bed

How To Plant A Flower Bed

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