When to Prune Different Varieties of Hydrangea

The Basics of Applying Fertilizer to a Lawn

Tips for Proper Flower Bed Maintenance

Tulips bouquet on pink background with copyspace Free PhotoA flower bed requires regular maintenance to keep it looking healthy. First, you must ensure that the flower bed receives an appropriate amount of water. To assess the moisture content of the soil, take a trowel and dig about 3 inches down, or a few inches deeper if the soil is dry. You should water until the soil feels moist, but not overly wet, to a depth of about 6 inches. You should water in the morning rather than in the evening in order to prevent disease.

A healthy flower bed also requires regular weeding. Inspect your flower beds on at least a weekly basis and remove weeds as soon as you see them. While you’re inspecting your beds, pick off any damaged leaves. Leaves that have spots, holes, or ragged edges might have an insect problem. If you are unsure about the best way to treat the plant, bring a sample of it to your local garden center or call your landscaper to ask for help.

How to Pick the Right Fertilizer for Your Lawn

Fertilizers are products with concentrated nutrients that are essential for plant growth. Common lawn fertilizers include nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. While these nutrients naturally occur in the soil, air, and water, sometimes they are in low supply or otherwise out of balance. Soil testing can help you to determine the fertilizer that will work best with your lawn. All fertilizers have an N-P-K rating, which represents the ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that they contain.

In addition to getting the N-P-K balance correct, you also need to determine how fast that you want the nutrients to be released. While fast-release fertilizers will cause your lawn to become green quickly, you also need to apply them more frequently and exercise caution to avoid burning your lawn. In contrast, slow-release formulas often yield the best long-term results because nutrients are released consistently over time.