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February 23, 2021

Best Planting Strategies for Garden Flowers

Christian Huhn

Make Sure You Don’t Plant Too Early

As the months of January and February disappear, many believe that the weather is warm enough to begin to plant your spring flowers. Many nurseries will begin to display their spring collections, making you think the weather is warm enough to begin to take them home and get a head start on your garden. However, many of these nurseries curate these plants in greenhouses with ideal conditions for growth. If you plant these flowers too early, their system will be shocked by the spring thaw. When flowers deal with these drastic changes in temperature, they struggle to continue to grow at the healthy rate you want them too.

Make sure you have a great understanding of when your area experienced it’s last frost so that you can plan the start to your gardening at the most optimal time for growth. If you’re unsure of when the last frost will be, you can contact your local county extension service to find out. 

Proper Exposure for All Plants

Depending on what you plant, certain plants are going to need differing amounts of sunlight. Some plants like petunias, marigolds, and geraniums need at least 5-6 hours of sunlight. For flowers like petunias, perform the best when in a full day of sunlight. It will be important to understand where in your garden or yard receives the most sun rays. Without a sufficient amount of photosynthesizing sunlight, these plants won’t be able to grow at a healthy rate. To ensure the proper growth of all your plants, make sure to read the exposure chart when purchasing new seedlings.

Make Sure You Have the Right Tools for the Job

By having the proper equipment, it can make your gardening days feel that much easier. For beginner gardeners, experts recommend starting with equipment such as:

  • Spade: used for breaking up soil. More or less a spade is your “do-it-all” gardening tool. 
  • Hoe: Made to scrape and till the ground and make water trenches. This tool is meant to push and pull more dirt at ease. 
  • Pruning shears: these shears are especially designed to cut plant stems. These are typically very sharp and require the use of both hands for them to effectively work. 
  • Shovel: Obviously one of the more common tools for any gardener, and one of the most versatile tools. 

With these tips and tools in mind, if you need an extra set of helping hands with your next gardening project, book a ToDoolie helper and get a head start on your spring planting!!  

Photos by Steven Weeks on Unsplash

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