Category: Lawn and Garden

For Wildflower Week, Design A Mini Wildflower Garden

The second week of May is National Wildflower Week. While clean and beautiful landscapes are all the rage, having a spot in your garden for a mini wildflower meadow will make a beautiful addition to your landscaping. To help inspire you, we have put together some information about designing a wildflower garden for Wildflower Week.

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Benefits of a Wildflower Garden

Besides providing a unique dimension to your landscaping, planting wildflowers has many benefits. Because of the grass you have to plant to support wildflower plants, it greatly reduces the amount of weeds that crop up in that section of your yard. Additionally, the wildflowers you plant can attract songbirds and butterflies to give your garden a truly magical effect. The garden provides a miniature habitat for these animals and can provide food for them as well.

Basics of Wildflower Planting

The location of your wildflower garden should be in a sunny location that receives a minimum of six hours of sun. The garden will have to be watered frequently in the beginning, about twice a day, but after the garden is growing it will need little to no care. Seeding the garden will be a little tricky depending on your flowers chosen, so it is best to consult with a landscaping design professional to get it right.

Design Tips for Success

There are a few things you can do when you plant wildflowers to create a lovely, eye-catching landscape feature. Besides some of the obvious items, like planting tall plants further back and shorter plants near the front, here are some wildflower garden design tips.

  • Plant the wildflowers in waves of color for a detailed and dramatic look. To avoid weeds, plant more than two plant species and choose an easy grass that will not compete for soil.
  • Place wildflowers in a way that will allow you to have flowers blooming year round. Research each wildflower to see when it blooms the best. Then space those blooms out throughout your wildflower garden so you have something to look at in the fall and winter.
  • Make focus points in your wildflower garden with large plants or bunches of the same wildflower.

Easy Flowers to Plant in Your Wildflower Garden

If you are not an experienced gardener, try these easy flowers for your wildflower garden.

  • Bachelor Button, also known as Cornflower, will grow up to 24 inches tall. They are good for cutting and will germinate in 14 days.
  • Coreopsis will grow to 18 to 24 inches tall and bloom for a long time. They are tolerant to drought and will germinate in five to ten days.
  • Cosmos will grow to 40 to 48 inches tall and are one of the easiest wildflowers to grow. While they are good for cutting, they will have a short vase life and will germinate in seven to 10 days.
  • Marigold will grow up to 36 inches tall and germinate in four to seven days.
  • Mexican Sunflower will grow to 30 to 48 inches tall and are long-blooming. They are tolerant to drought and will germinate in seven to 14 days.
  • Sunflowers will grow to 24 to 36 inches tall but have a short blooming season. They germinate in seven to 14 days.
  • Zinnia will grow to 18 to 24 inches tall and there are many varieties available. They are great for cutting and will germinate in three to seven days.

Spring Lawn Care Tips for Lawn and Garden Month

April is Lawn and Garden Month which Second Nature has really enjoyed celebrating! Our life is making lawn and gardens look absolutely beautiful, so it was fun to have a whole month dedicated to our craft. April also happens to include Arbor Day and Greenery Day on April 29th as well as Earth Day on April 22nd, making this an awesome month for all things green and beautiful! Throughout the month we have been sharing some of our favorite tips and tricks to get a beautiful lawn and garden throughout the year. To end the holiday with a bang, we decided to compile our favorite spring lawn care tips to get your lawn looking spectacular.

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Gardening Tips for a Beautiful Garden

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spring lawn care tips for gardens

Having a beautiful garden can make an outdoor living area really magical but is not the easiest task to accomplish. Here are some tips to start a flourishing garden.

  • Everyone wants a full and lush garden right away, but it takes time and space for the plants to grow. Do not cram all the plants together when they are first planted or they will not grow. Plants need breathing room to grow.
  • Tall plants should be a couple of feet back from the edge of walkways and patios to give a sense of room to your outdoor living space.
  • When installing pergolas or archways, you want plenty of headroom! Outdoor structures look smaller outside and you don’t want anyone to hit their head. Try to make each structure at least seven feet tall with extra room if you are adorning plants on top.
  • Have paver stones installed professionally. It is important that each stone receives proper installation for secure footing and that you do not choose slick stones, like granite or smooth tile, that is difficult to walk on during rain, snow, or icy conditions.
  • If you are creating garden paths, they should be wide enough for two people to walk side-by-side comfortably.
  • Add texture to your garden by incorporating more than just flowers! Try adding bushes, grass plants, foliage, fruit and berry plants, and some evergreen plants.

Mythbusting Lawn Care

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spring lawn care tips myth vs fact

There are many, many myths surrounding proper lawn care. These are so commonly believed that only professional lawn care companies are knowledgeable about the best practices for long-lasting green lawns. Here are some common beliefs.

Myth: The shorter you mow your grass, the less often you have to cut it.

Fact: Too-short grass increases the risk of heat damage, drought, and weed invasion.

Myth: Spring is when you should eradicate dandelions.

Fact: It is more important to kill them off in your fall lawn maintenance to ensure they won’t seed in the spring and summer.

Myth: Spiked shoes is the best way to aerate a lawn.

Fact: Spiked shoes actually create holes that are too small to really accomplish aeration. Instead, aeration is best completed by extracting soil plugs.

Myth: I should water my lawn every day if I want my lawn to be green and lush.

Fact: The amount you should water your lawn is dependent on many different factors and requires more professional analysis to see success with a green and lush lawn. Overall, longer waterings less frequently are better than shorter waterings that are more frequent.