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Plan Ahead for May

Plan Ahead for May

Apr 01 2014

When April showers may come your way? They bring the flowers that bloom in May. These popular song lyrics have been around for decades and coined the phrase ‘April Showers bring May flowers’. And with this spring’s wet weather of what seems to be never-ending rain showers and snowstorms, we’re getting plenty of moisture for a colorful May. The time could not be better to start planning and planting the flowers in your outdoor settings that you want to see in bloom this Spring. One of the easiest ways to get spring off to an early start is container planting. If there’s still a chill in the evening air in your hometown, you can move the planters indoors at night as needed until the warm air is here to stay. Gardener’s Supply Company has some suggestions for the key elements needed for successful containers. • Soil Mixes - Garden soil is much too dense and can introduce disease and insect problems. Use pre-blended container mixes are specifically formulated for planters and produce the best results. • Watering Plants – If you don’t have self-watering planters or a drip-irrigation system, plan on watering every day or even twice during hot weather. • Fertilizing – Because container mixes provide few nutrients, plan to add a granular fertilizer when planting and supplement weekly. • Maintenance – Remove spent flowers weekly, cut back leggy stems, and add in new varieties to reflect nature’s best as Spring turns to Summer. For the hardiest spring flowers, fill your containers with pansies, hydrangeas, azaleas or even tulips and daffodils. Container planting is a creative way to add dashes of blooming colors throughout the yard. Set a few near the pool as edgings, add a couple more around your built in BBQ, and use them as designated borders around a patio.

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