When it comes to gardening, flowers are more difficult to maintain compared to crops, lawns and backyards. With a little effort however, you can have a healthy flower garden that will not only be the envy of gardeners in your area but will appeal even to those who know nothing about gardening. Here is a look at how you can help your flower garden bloom.
The soil feeds the flowers
This is where your plants will be getting all the nutrients they need. Therefore it has to be made as rich in these nutrients as possible. An easy way to do this is to use organic material. This ranges from compost to the dung from animals like chicken and goats. If you are keeping any the better of you are. You could also use fertilizers to improve the nutrients of the soil. Among the commonest nutrients in fertilizer bags are phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen. These are known to develop the root system, aid flower formation and promote foliage growth respectively. You could do a soil test to determine what nutrients are lacking.
Water is life
Just like humans, plants and moreso flowers require water to remain healthy. To determine if there is enough water, dig about 2 inches into the soil and water only if it is dry. In extreme water lack, the flowers will hang their heads and even begin withering. If watered often however, they will be beautiful and full of life. Do not use too much water to avoid making the roots soggy which could kill the plants.
Be on the lookout for pests, weeds and diseases
These are your flowers’ biggest enemies. Weeds are not only ugly but also compete with your plants for their nutrients. They also provide a habitat for pests which cause destruction leading to death of the flowers. Different plants can suffer different diseases and it is best to be on the lookout for the earliest signs which include leave holes, stem spotting, plants withering and so on. To get rid of pests and diseases make use of the appropriate chemical sprays. As for weeds you can spray them or use manual methods to pull them out. The trick here is to take action early!