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Annual Care & Tips

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Not getting the desired growth and look from your annuals? There are several things that can be done to increase growth.


The first is to fertilize them regularly when entering the growing season to assist the process of production. Best time to re-fertilize annuals is when the first set of flower growth begins to dissipate. Try using “blossom booster” fertilizers marked 10-20-20 to further facilitate the growth process.


If you want your annuals to have a fuller look to them, consider snipping off the growing tip of a stem. This might seem like the opposite thing to do but snipping stems off actually stimulates side shoots to sprout out and encourages new growth. Certain types of impatiens, marigolds, and other annuals have actually been genetically bred to self branch during certain times. They have more of a natural fuller appeal to them and do not require any pinching.


When the blossoming period has passed, the large flowers that grew will now start to die off and leave you with a faded brown mushy looking flower head. It is recommended that you start deadheading these flower heads. This process in encouraged because when you snip off the flower cluster and stem, you prevent seed production. Seed production consumes a large amount of the plant’s energy. By removing unwanted unattractive flower clusters energy can be redirected towards producing new blooms.


Green Tip:

Set the blades on your lawn mower to the highest possible height - Longer grass grows deeper roots, and helps shade the soil enough to prevent water evaporation.

Whenever you have plants growing in your garden, you will have numerous pests trying to eat them. These pests range from bunnies, chipmunks, slugs, caterpillars, and more. I always make daily or weekly checkups to observe any signs of pest damage. If there is, I usually go to my local garden center and pick up some pest remedies like barriers, earth friendly pesticides, and netting. Remember that the quicker you act on these pests, the less damage you will have in your garden.

Fall and winter tips: