As humans, we appreciate the beauty of the natural world. Impressive landscapes evoke awe and wonder in our minds and hearts.
Although we have come to congregate in certain areas, replacing the natural landscape with one of metal and concrete, we still try to bring a little bit of nature home with us. Every summer, landscapers go about their trade, planting and maintaining the gardens and lawns of many.
However, some people enjoy keeping their own gardens. There is something very relaxing about planting a flower, shrub, bush, or tree, watching it grow, and keeping it healthy.
Perhaps you just want to put in some nice looking flowers. You should be sure to do it properly, so that you can enjoy those flowers for a long time.
The first thing to do is to purchase an appropriate number of flowers. Do you only want one or two to give your flowerbeds a little color?
Or, are you planning on planting an entire flowerbed? Go to a greenhouse and make your determination.
When selecting your flowers, be sure to check each one. A flower should look nice and healthy.
The flower itself should be shiny and not badly damaged. The leaves should be green and also not damaged.
Yellow leaves are usually a sign of an unhealthy flower. To avoid having to replant later, buy only the healthy looking flowers you see.
Each specimen should have a tag on it that describes the type of environment the flower needs to flourish. Consult it to make sure that you are buying flowers that will do well in the climate in which you live.
When you have purchased your flowers and are ready to plant them, consult the tag again to determine how much sunlight the plant will need. Some require a lot, others require only a little.
After making these determinations, lay your flowers out in the places you want to plant them. For each flower, allow a certain amount of space-the spacing requirements may be on the tag as well.
To begin to plant your flowers, dig holes that are about a foot or foot and a half deep for each one. Make sure that soil is not too hard.
If the soil is very tough, you may need to add some peat moss to it to loosen it up. Keep adding peat moss until the soil is crumbling.
Fertilizer may be added at this stage. Usually, however, this is not necessary because most potted flowers have been fertilized already.
Make sure that the hole which you dig is about twice as big around as the flower pot. When the hole is ready, remove the flower from the pot.
Place the plant into the hole, and begin packing dirt around the roots. Have a hose on hand as you pack in the dirt.
Use the hose to occasionally cover the dirt as you pack it around the roots. Doing this gives the plant the water it will initially need.
Continue to add the dirt until you reach the point on the stem where it transitions from a light to a dark color. This is the point where the soil usually reaches.
Adding too much dirt can cause problems for the roots. Be certain to pack the earth tightly, and then cover it with water.
Put mulch around each plant, being sure not to mulch too close to it. Two inches of mulch should be deep enough.
When the mulch has been spread, you should water the plants once again. Do no water them too much, however, because this can drown out the roots.
You should water the plants consistently every few days. Check the soil to make sure that it is not becoming too dry.
If everything has been done properly, the flowers should only need a little water every now and then. Nature will do the rest in creating a beautiful sight to behold.
Some people may feel that they do not have enough time to do all this, especially if they have a large area to plant. In that case, they may want to call in a landscaper.
You can be sure that most landscaping firms are professionals in taking care of plants. If you don't have the time to do the work, landscapers can help you to add a little bit of nature's beauty to your home.