Planting Flowers in North Alpharetta
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Not only is Cumming Lawn Service expanding into lawn care in North Alpharetta, but it is also providing full plantings and flower beds service in Cumming and North Alpharetta, as well. Flowers are lovely additions to any lawn and compliment the overall look and inviting feel. The only question is what type of flowers should be planted? There are three types of flowers: annuals, perennials, and biennials. Each type grows differently and should be planted in a different season.
As any homeowner or gardener knows, good soil is needed for plants to grow. Soil selection usually depends on the type of plant you are growing. There are three main types of soil: clay, sand, and silt. The best soil for most flowers is actually a mix of the three called sandy loam. Even though sandy loam is a mix of all three soil types, it is still more sand than anything else. Sandy loam is a good source of plant nutrients as it preserves vitamins while allowing water to flow freely.
Annual flowers blossom all season and are more colorful than other types of flowers. Just like the name suggests, annuals are re-planted every year. Some annuals are “self-seeding” which means their seeds will grow into new flowers, but it will be in a different spot. Annuals are a cheaper alternative to perennials and do require as much care. There many types of annuals, but the most popular include zinnias, sunflowers, marigolds, and sweet peas.
Perennials last for three or more seasons. Perennials' periods for blooming is shorter than that of annuals. They need more care than annuals as they last longer. Perennials are often planted in as bulbs in fall to be ready for spring. Popular perennials include roses, mums, daylilies, and peonies.
Biennials are more for experienced gardeners to plant, as they are complicated to get started. They need care over the winter and the first two seasons they grow. After the second season, they will self-seed and lead to another generation without needing to re-plant. Popular biennials include snapdragons, poppies, foxgloves, and sweet william.
Now that you have the soil and the flowers planted, how do take care of them after the flowers are grown? Watering the flowers is a given, but what about fertilizing? The way to most effectively fertilize sandy loam soil is through a “slow-release” fertilizer which means the fertilizer is not used all at once. Since the soil is more sand, the fertilizer needs to be given to the soil gradually so the water does escape as easily. The slow-release fertilizer is coated in several layers of plastic and has miniscule holes in it. The holes allow the fertilizer to escape slowly. After the first treatment, you will not need to reapply for another 6-8 weeks.
Watering is more important than fertilizing, as a plant will die without it. The single most important reason of a plant's demise is overwatering or not enough watering. Sandy loam soils do not have as much an issue with overwatering as under. The best way to water for sandy loam soils is shorter watering periods for longer each time. By doing this, you are allowing the roots of the flowers to penetrate deeper into the soil and there is naturally more water available underground than at the surface. Subsequently, by watering less you are allowing the plant to develop large root systems underground and avoiding droughts in the future.