How to Protect Your Newly Planted Flowers from Threats

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How to Protect Your Newly Planted Flowers from Threats | The Experienced GardenerCleaning out your flowerbeds and putting new flowers in is a sure sign that spring has arrived. They can add to the beauty of your yard and generally bring a level of enjoyment to you and your family. Getting your flowers planted and looking the way you want takes time, money, and effort. So, it is important that you protect your flowers from possible threats to keep your efforts from being in vain. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps you can take to protect your newly planted flowers.

Choose your flowers wisely

Flower choice is the first step in making sure you end up with a thriving garden. You need to make sure that the flowers you choose can withstand the elements in your garden or flowerbed. Different flowers require varying levels of sunlight and water. Place your flowers in a way that provides them with the proper amount of light and water drainage throughout the day. Another thing to think about is the weather conditions in your area. Does the temperature drop too low during the night for certain types of flowers? Do you live in a windy area that will not work for delicate flowers? Any of these elements can impact the wellbeing of your flowers so it is important to consider them all as you choose your plants.

Flower choice can also impact the level of insect activity around your plants. There are a number of plants that act as insect repellants that you can place strategically throughout your garden. They offer natural protection against harmful insects. There are herbs and ornamental plants that repel insects which means you can find something to fit within the aesthetics of your garden.

Add barriers against weeds  

Weeds are a major threat to your newly planted flowers. One option for keeping weeds at bay is to add barriers against them throughout your garden. Two of the most common ways to do this is through garden fabric and mulch. You can lay garden fabric down after you dig out your flowerbeds in preparation for planting. As you place your plants you simply cut slits for the flowers and plant them. Then you cover everything with top soil. The garden fabric allows the plant to get the nutrients it needs and blocks new growth from weeds. Mulch works in a similar way except that you see the mulch on top of the ground. Both of these are simple and effective ways to create a barrier against weed growth.

Get professional help

There are some situations where you need more help than insect repellant flowers or mulch can provide. If your flowers have become infested with pests, overgrown with weeds, or infected with disease you may need the help of a professional. You can hire a lawn care service to come out and spray your flowers with chemicals that can kill pests and protect them from disease. In addition, some companies offer other services that can help you eradicate pests like moles, voles, and gophers from your yard. If you cannot find the solution for protecting your newly planted flowers from threats then getting professional help is your best option.

Keep your flowers alive and healthy by protecting them from anything that could kill them or cause damage. You may not be able to anticipate every possible threat but choosing your flowers wisely, adding barriers against weeds, and getting professional help will go a long way toward ensuring you have a healthy garden.       

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