Spring is here and it’s time to add some green outdoors! Have a healthy, beautiful garden by following our simple spring planting tips. Caring for your new plants doesn’t have to be hard or stressful and selecting plants and flowers can be the best part of designing your new landscape. They key is to choose the right plants for the right yard.
Choosing new plants
Everyone wants a beautiful Omaha landscape with bright flowers. Take your time and search for the best. Don’t grab from the front. A little extra effort spent at the nursery will pay big dividends later in your garden. Look at the leaves of the plant not the flowers. Nice dark green, healthy looking leaves are more important than flowers.
Roots should be firm, usually white, and spaced all over the root-ball. Dark or mushy roots are not a good sign. Even when the tops appear healthy, it’s just a matter of time before a rotted root system kills a plant. Don’t be afraid to carefully remove the plant from its pot. Look for signs of root damage, disease, or root bound plants. If you find a tight clump of circling roots you should move on!
Don’t be afraid to hire an Omaha lawn care company, like Above and Beyond Complete Grounds Maintenance. We can fill your backyard with a variety of colorful plants and shrubs. Spending more money for quality and expertise can save you from a big headache down the road!
A good Omaha lawn care company will always stress the importance of taking care when spacing. Don’t crowd plants and keep an eye on established plants as they spread. Crowded plants create their own humidity, which allows diseases like mildew.
Plants that are placed too closely together tend to grow poorly due to competition for light, water, and nutrients. These weak plants are more susceptible to attack. Diseases also sometimes spread when an infected leaf comes into contact with a healthy one, which is more likely when plants are next to each other.
New plants should be watered regularly. Water the soil rather than foliage, as dampness can encourage fungus. Check plants regularly for any signs of discoloration, holes, or malformation, as this could indicate the presence of pests or disease.
All plants need water and plants gather water principally by absorbing it with their roots from the soil. While a new plant has limited roots reaching into the surrounding soil, it is important to keep that area consistently moist, but not wet.
Deadheading keeps gardens neat and blooming. It’s a form of good plant housekeeping. Basically, deadheading means the removal of flowers that have already put on their show.
For many plants, deadheading promotes more flowering on the plants for that year than would occur without such plant care. For soft plants, you can deadhead by hand; other times, you’ll need to deadhead with scissors or pruners.
Without deadheading, some annual flowers will “peter out” prematurely, robbing the landscape of the color they can provide in late summer / early autumn. The comparatively short blooming season of some perennials can be extended if you deadhead them.
Fertilization is a very important component of plant health care. Fertilization is necessary to supplement naturally occurring essential mineral elements in the soil to maintain an optimum supply for plant growth. At Above & Beyond Complete Grounds Maintenance, we recommend using Superthrive. It helps the plant root faster and helps the growth of the plant greatly. Be sure not to fertilize more than once a week.
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We hope our blog helped you better understand how to care for your new plants. We’d love to help your plants be the best! Feel free to contact us today at (402) 934-8866 for all your Omaha lawn care and landscaping needs.