Sunday, August 18, 2013

Time to straighten up the garden beds

Horticulturist Neil Sperry suggests now is a good time to do a little urban renewal around your flower beds.
* Discard annuals that are past their prime. Trim back those annuals that can be salvaged, and apply a liquid high-nitrogen plant food to promote a burst of new growth.
* Deadhead annuals and perennials to remove dead flowers and seed stalks.
* Remove weeds.
* Apply a new layer of mulch. This makes beds look fresh, helps to conserve water and slows germination of competing weeds.

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Adding a new layer of mulch to flower beds can freshen up their
look, helps to conserve water and deters weed seed germination.
Photo courtesy of  Colorado State University 

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