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In recent years a popular garden trend is to create more flowering garden beds using perennials or to enlarge existing perennial and flower beds.  The purpose of this trend is to reduce the amount of lawn surface.  Let’s face it, lawn care and keeping up with a good looking lawn is expensive and frustrating.  Personally, my aim this fall is to expand my garden beds in order to have less lawn to care for and mow.
                If starting a new bed, be sure to have a pH test done to determine the acidity level of your soil.  Most perennials prefer a neutral to slightly acidic soil, although there are exceptions.  Soil preparation is vital.  Be sure to incorporate plenty of organic matter to the existing soil.  Enrich the soil by adding composted cow manure.  Once you have prepared the soil for this new bed you are now ready to plant.  Plants should be spaced far enough apart to avoid overcrowding when the plants reach maturity.  Also, be sure the plants are placed in the garden at the same depth as in the pot they were purchased in.  Do not plant too deeply.  The crown of the plant should be level with the ground in most cases.  Water well.  Once planted, a 1” to 2” layer of mulch can be applied to give this new perennial bed a finished look.
                If you are revitalizing and /or expanding an existing bed, begin by creating a new border line.  Next you want to clean out any debris in the garden.  Dead-head spent flower blooms and trim back any dead growth.  Now you are ready to dig up and divide your existing perennials.  Gently lift the root system of the plant without disturbing any nearby plants.  Divide the rootball and replant a portion of the plant in the same spot if desired and place the newly divided plants in the expanded location, or share with fellow gardening enthusiasts.
                Whether you are starting a new perennial bed or expanding an existing perennial bed, I strongly recommend that you add Espoma Bio-Tone to the plants.  What a difference this product makes to the overall health of the plants.  Remember, FALL IS FOR PLANTING.  By planting new beds or expanding existing ones in the fall you get a jumpstart on next year’s flowers.
Posted: 9/13/2014 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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