There is nothing more beautiful than a colorful flower garden outside your house. The view will make you feel closer to nature and can freshen up your mood at any time of the day. Today, more and more people are taking up gardening as their hobby as it is therapeutic and helps to relax the mind. Whatever be the reason, you can start your garden any point of time. It is not a very difficult task provided you follow the correct gardening tips.Following some simple flower gardening tips can go a long way in making your garden beautiful. The ideal time to start a garden is at the end of spring and start of summer. When you have planned to start a garden without previous experience, you must keep the area of the garden small. Following are the important factors that have to be taken into account for flower gardening:
The scorching heat of the afternoon is not good for most of the flower plants but the morning sun can help them grow. At least six hours of light is a must for flower plants. Therefore, the area chosen should be such that right amount of sun and shade is available. Many people prefer a place close to a wall or fence, as it improves the visual appearance of the garden manifold. For adequate shade, you can create a garden which is surrounded with a group of big trees.
The first thing needed to be done is to remove all the grass and weeds from the soil in your garden area by digging it up with a shovel. Then identify the type of soil that you have in your garden and prepare your soil accordingly. The best way to improve the soil condition for the purpose of gardening is with the help of compost. This is because it consists of organic matter which is good for all types of plants. On sandy soil, compost and peat moss needs to be added to make it a bit moisturized so that it can hold enough water required for proper growth of the plant. While in clay soil, add compost and sand in order to improve its drainage.When you go for buying flowering plants, read the tags attached to each of the plants. These tags contain all the relevant information related to the climate, light requirements and soil condition for the plants. Then purchase those plants which are suitable for the kind of climate, sunlight and soil condition available in your garden. There are two kinds of flowering plants: annuals and perennials. Annuals blossom only in a particular season whereas perennial have flowers throughout the year. Select a good combination of annuals and perennials for your flower garden. This will ensure that your garden will have flowers all year round.
Proper planting of the flowering plants is a must. Take out the plant from the plastic container along with the entire soil plug attached to it. If there are too many roots around the soil, loosen them a bit so that they can get adjusted with the flower beds in a much better manner. Then plant it on the ground. Make sure the roots of the plants are not planted too deep into the ground. Otherwise, most of the water given to the plants will get drained out before it reaches the roots.After planting, adequate watering is important as it will help the plant to develop a strong root system. Water should be given to the plants as per their requirements. The tags of the new plants contain the information regarding the water requirements of the plants. It is a great idea to plant all those plants in the same area which need the same amount of water. Each plant has different water requirements. In the first week, watering should be done everyday. In the second week, it should be after a gap of two days. After that, once a week watering will do. If the plants are native to your area, then at a later stage you can water them just once in month.
Flower Plant Care: You should give proper care to the plants planted in your garden to maintain plant health. Mulching of the garden is a part of it which will help in weed control and preserve water in the soil. Remove all the dead blossoms and throw them away from the garden as they tend to spread diseases. You can add some butterflies, bees and beetles, as they facilitate pollination.
Initially, you may find the task of flower gardening to be a bit strenuous, but as you see them blossom, you will get a sense of fulfillment. The natural beauty will inspire you to use the landscape for various outdoor activities like family picnics, gatherings, etc.