If you planted large flower gardens, you know how much work this is. Because of this, you need to ensure that you do everything you can to help your flowers thrive and be beautiful. Fortunately, there are many things you can do, two of which are listed below. This will also help save you a lot of time caring for your flowers.
Water is the main thing you have to worry about because you cannot rely on Mother Nature to provide your flowers what they need. The amount of water your flowers require depend on the flowers you purchased. Do some research so you know this information. You do not want to underwater or overwater the flowers.
Instead of watering all your flowers by hand, you can use an irrigation system to do the work for you. One type that will work well is drip irrigation. This is because water drips slowly on the soil so water gets to the roots of your flowers. You do not have to worry about any water surface runoff, which wastes a lot of water.
Drip irrigation is made of tubing with small emitters running along the length of the tube. The water drips out of the emitters. The tube is threaded around the flower garden so the water is delivered at the base of each plant.
You can set drip irrigation on a timer so it automatically turns on each day to water your flowers. You can also turn it off when there is rain in the forecast. Because you have large flower gardens, you should consider hiring a landscape contractor to install the drip irrigation system for you. You will have to install more than one system because your flowers gardens are large.
Once you are finished installing drip irrigation, you likely do not like the look of the tubes sitting on the soil. To take care of this problem you can cover the tubes, as well as the rest of the soil, with mulch. Mulch also helps preserve water, which is especially helpful on hot, sunny days. This will keep your flowers hydrated longer.
There are organic mulches, such as bark, softwood and hardwood chips, grass clippings, leaves, and evergreen needles. Organic mulches break down over time so you will have to replenish them as they decompose. One big benefit of organic mulches is they provide the soil with nutrients and aeration. You can purchase organic mulches at garden centers.
There are also inorganic mulches which you will not have to replace as they do not break down. Some inorganic mulches include stone, rock, crushed dust, landscape fabrics, and pulverized rubber. They offer a decorative option for your flower gardens, but they do not provide the soil with any nutrients.
Both organic and inorganic will help control weeds that grow in your garden, which can save you time.
Talk with a landscape contractor if you need help or have any questions.