Now that the snow if melting, it’s time to start thinking about spring! One of the most popular spring activities is beautifying your yard with flowers. Nothing brightens a community like a spring full of bright perennials and annuals. Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing has developed a guide to help you plan for your flowerbeds. Be the envy of the neighbor with these tips:
Collect Materials– If you’re looking for plants and gardening equipment close to home at Brunswick Crossing, you’re in luck. There are plenty of options when it comes to green houses and garden centers in this area. If you’d like to be certain of what you’ll be able to plant in your flower beds, we recommend starting your plants from seeds or calling ahead to the green house to make sure that your desired variety is available for purchase. While Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart have garden centers, we’d like to suggest that you support businesses local to the Brunswick Crossing Community. This not only supports local businesses but many times these plants are started in the greenhouses you’re purchasing from instead of being transported across the country. Collect all your favorite flowers, fertilizer, gardening gloves and other material from these centers. Some of our favorites include: Grasshopper Garden Escapes, Thanksgiving Farms, Dutch Plant Farm, and Potomac Garden Center
- Repair the Beds – To keep your flower garden contained make sure that your garden beds are in good shape. Make any repairs, give them a fresh coat of paint or finish, and clear any weeds or remnants from any leftovers from planting seasons past. While the flowers take the lead, a well-structured support is absolutely necessary. Don’t let an ugly flowerbed distract from your beautiful flowers.
Prep - Follow the guidelines for the amount of sunlight, fertilizer and type of soil that the flowers you’re planting require. If you don’t already have flowerbeds, consider ones that are portable. These allow you to make adjustments for different flowers as the years go on. Add you compost and fertilizer as appropriate and make sure that your soil is properly aerated. If you’re looking for worms, check out Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. We highly recommend them.
- Stretch – Even if you have raised beds, we recommend that you stretch before getting into the planting process. This will help prevent back and neck strain while gardening. Don’t skip this step! It may not seem important right now, but you’ll regret not stretching when you’re sore in the evening. In addition to stretching make sure that you have plenty of water to take out with you and that you wear plenty of sunscreen.
- Bring the Family – If your kids or grandkids are available to help, encourage them to participate in the process. Not only is this a great way to bond with the little ones, but it’s an opportunity for them to learn about the whole process. Even if they’re reluctant at first, what kid can resist the opportunity to play in the dirt? As an added bonus they’ll be able to watch their efforts bloom and grow as the season progresses.