Monday, April 23, 2018 / by Jessica Yeager
By Heather O'Kronley
It’s already Mid-April and planting season is right around the corner, I think! I worked at my Uncle’s nursery, Leppek Nursery and Garden Center in Brighton, through high school and college. Through my experience, Mother’s Day weekend is the planting kick-off in Michigan. So, this gives us around a month to get those flower beds ready! Here are my tips to make your garden beautiful and full of blooms all summer long.
Clean up leaves and debris before the blooms
Time to get out the blower and yard bags, for us city people, and get all the flower beds ready for the season. It’s much easier to clear unwanted weeds and left-over leaves from Fall before your current plants begin to bloom. It will also aide with the weeding throughout the summer! Weeds are easier to pull in the wet Spring soil ??
Trim Trees, shrubs, and bushes missed in Winter
With this step you must check the plants to make sure you aren’t trimming off all the new blooms. You will also want to clear away any known dead areas/branches. Winter hasn’t left yet, so you may still have some time to get some last-minute pruning in.
Sprinkle the Preen
After the beds are cleaned and pruning done; generously coat the ground with Preen feed and weed preventer. It will help prevent the weeds from coming up and will also get the soil ready for any new plants you may be adding to your garden. It will also provide nutrients and food for your current plants.
Mulch will help with weeds, help keep moisture in the ground through summer, and help your gardens look pretty. There are many colors and options available. Depending on the size of your garden you can buy it by the bag or have it delivered by the yard from a local nursery.
Pick out your flowers and shrubs
It’s important to know how much direct sunlight your anticipated planting area gets during the day. Plants thrive in areas that are specific to their sunshine needs. Some other things to consider when picking your plants is the type of garden you want. Perennials come back and get larger or spread every year. So, you need to keep in mind how large and how much they will spread years down the road and keep that space free of other perennials until they reach their full size. Some may require removal and rehoming through the years if they spread past their designated area. Annuals, on the other hand, will not come back the following year. They can be beautiful additions to empty spots and can add pops of color or green in areas you are looking for something temporary. They are also great for your pots and flower boxes because you can change them every year and try new things! Certain Plants are also easier to care for/keep alive than others. Ask a garden Center professional for guidance if you have any questions.