Three Ideas on Ornamental Plant Care
Ornamental plant care is important in presenting your home in the most favorable light. Three aspects which should be considered are shrubbery pruning, plant fertilization, and annual flowering plant selection.
Pruning is important for the health of your plant and to insure the proper appearance of the plant in the area in which it is planted. Shrubs should be pruned in July or August in most areas; the guideline should be to prune about six weeks after new growth has firmed. While some plants will require hand pruning, others will tolerate power shears. Formal gardens are normally power Trimmed. For a natural look, pruning with hand clippers is most effective.
Proper fertilization is key to the care of your landscape. Shrubs, trees groundcover, and perennials should be fertilized one per year. Fertilize in the spring and fall with an organic based plant fertilizer containing micronutrients. Spread the fertilizer around the drip line of the plant using a cup. Do not over fertilize and burn the plants; ensure the manufacturer’s instructions are followed carefully.
Annuals are different varieties of flowers that are available seasonally. These could include Pansies (very early), Petunias, Salvia, Impatiens, Geraniums, Begonias, Marigold, Snapdragons, etc. Select the flowers carefully, depending on your yard, and be sure to site them where they will be most likely to thrive. For example, annuals tend to do best in a particular sunlight exposure. Petunias should be planted with full sunlight, whereas Impatiens will not tolerate full exposure. When selecting annuals, please take into account the size of the mature plant. Leave six to twelve inches between each plant to allow sufficient growing space, and allow at least 6" from the edge of a bed as to prevent growing onto the lawn and create issues with mower and trimmer damage.