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Preparing My Backyard For A Flower Planting Season

A fair warning: This is more of a personal post.  If you want actual tips on planting and growing wildflowers, start here.

I recently moved to my new home. One of the things I love about my new home is the small backyard that my family and I spend most of our relaxing time in. One afternoon, as I was relaxing, I saw a very beautiful butterfly and it dawned on me that I had to make a small garden to welcome more of these beautiful and awesome creatures. My enthusiasm for gardening grew.

What a better time to do this than during this cold season: winter. There is no much movement and most of the time is spent indoors. The kids would play in the house and therefore I had all my attention focused on my soon to be an attractive flower garden.

My Soon-To-Be Attractive Flower Garden…

Since I had prior experience in flower planting, I began by landscaping the area using a garden hose to mark the exact area where I wanted my flowers to be. My chosen site had good soil; after adding nutrients and determining its pH and it could also get sunlight for up to six hours. With all this, I could choose flowers that require full exposure to the sun.

Next, I had to get rid of all the grass, weeds and sod. This is where my newly acquired Black & Decker electric lawn mower came in handy.   I bought it after reading about it on Mow Like a Champ.  This self-propelled mower allowed me to mow my garden with confidence as it runs for almost an hour, making clean grass cuts and doing this effectively. I loved its ability to bag, discharge and mulch the grass clippings depending on the mode I selected. It is very easy to use and if I were to cut grass again in my compound, I would definitely use it over and over. The other great offer that I love is its height adjustment feature; I can change the cutting height to either too low or too high. For my garden, I chose too low.

After cutting, I dug using a garden fork, removed all the debris, added some more manure and then I added the grass cuttings that were finely done by the Black & Decker electric lawn mower. Finally, I leveled the bed and made sure that it was ready for planting this coming spring.

My Lovely Flower Selection

I have chosen to plant three types of flowers: Acoma iris, Snowdrop Anemone, and the Pansy. I chose the Acoma Iris flower type for its variety of colors, its tall growth and its delectable petal varieties; which will be a pretty and awesome addition to my garden style. I loved Pansy for its pleasant, lively uplifted blooms and the various petal colors.

The two flowers will be complemented by the Snowdrop Anemone. It’s fragrant, festive and it will do well in my garden that is slightly shaded. Its ability to bloom even in the fall is an extra bonus that I could not let dodge me. I cannot wait for the winter season to be over so that I can plant the alluring and gorgeous flowers, water them and watch transform my backyard.

Perhaps I’ll create “update posts” once I get it all together.  Now that I’ve got planned out, I am thinking of creating this lovely environment for my yard:

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How To Plant WildFlowers For Beginners!

wildflowers!Wild flowers play an important role in the support of native animals and insects. They also make our gardens beautiful and colorful. If you have sufficient room in your garden, you can plant wildflower seeds and create your own colorful meadow but if you don’t, you can still plant the wildflowers in small areas such as the strip of land between the driveway and the property line. Below is guide on how to plant wildflowers. (PS. Not sure where to buy supplies?  Start at Home Depot’s Lawn & Garden section!)

1. When to Sow

Verify the last day you had frost and plant the seeds after this has passed. One advantage of this is that the seeds will not sprout until spring hence they will not have to encounter spring freezing.

2. Preparing the land

Wildflowers do not need any special kind of soil unless the soil you are about to plant them on is sterile. The soil only needs to be light and well drained. Ensure you have cleared it by digging up everything that was growing on it. Turn the soil and rake the area flat. In case it happens that the area has never been gardened; you might need to till the area to remove any growth. Also remember to choose a place where the plant can get 6 or more hours of direct sun daily.

3. Look for Wildflowers That are Suitable for Your Area

Most wildflowers are annual and they will quickly bloom heavily once they have been planted. Many of them are self sowing. Poppies, cornflowers and cosmos are examples of annual wildflowers.

Perennials wildflowers create a root system and come back every year. Perennials are capable of lasting for decades and continue to spread every year. Unlike annuals, perennials take a longer time to sprout and bloom. Some of the examples of perennials include Purple coneflowers, coreopsis and daisies.

Biennials sprout in one season and will not bloom until the following year. They will later be killed by frost but given the fact they self seed, they will still sprout in spring. Some of the examples of biennials include sweet Williams and Black eyed Susans.

4. Plant Your Wildflower Seed Using the Split Sand Method

First and foremost: divide the seed in half. Secondly, mix one of the seed with around 10 parts of light sand or vermiculate to one part seed. Thirdly, choose a day that there is no wind in order to be able to determine where your wildflower seeds will settle. After that, sow your seed over the prepared site. The light color of the vermiculite or sand will show you where the seed has fallen. Repeat the same procedure with the second half filling in the missed spots. Lastly, press the seed into the soil by walking or rolling over the planted area. Ensure you don’t cover the seed with more sand as it will prevent them from easily sprouting.

5. Grow

Plant your wildflower garden or meadow near water source. This will come in handy during a dry spell or even longer droughts. Ensure you water so that the soil is moist but not soaking wet until the seedlings are about 4-6 feet tall. After that, the seedlings can survive on natural rains. Wetting the seeds also ensures that the seed is not blown away.

6. Fertilize

Mostly wildflowers grow naturally and do not need any fertilizers. However, if you choose to fertilize them, choose a fertilizer that has little nitrogen.