How to Prepare My Flower Beds for Planting
Preparing My Flower Beds for Planting, early in the Spring, is key to beautiful Summer flowers. It really does NOT take very long, but the benefits are tremendous. Properly prepared flower beds will get the flowers rooted well, insuring strong plants and beautiful blooms.
You can begin preparing your flower beds in early April, but it NOT advisable to plant annual flowers before Mother’s Day, to prevent any loss due to late Spring frosts. Selections at your Garden Centers will also be much better around that time.
Materials & Supplies Needed:
- Flower Fertilizer
Tools & Supplies Needed:
- Work Gloves
- Short Bamboo Rake
- Weed Picker
- 3-Prong Long-Handled Cultivator
- 3-Prong Short-Handled Cultivator
- 10” Rototiller
- Oil & Gas Mixture
- Flat Spade
- Foam Kneeling Pad
- 5-Gallon Bucket
- Lawn Disposal Bags or Garbage Cans
The information to complete the first (4) Steps is found in the page: Steps Common to All Projects
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After completing these (4) Steps, simply click on your ‘back arrow’ (top left corner of the page) to return to these instructions and begin with Step 5.
Step 1 – Create a Materials & Supplies Needed Sheet
Step 2 – Calculate Project Cost
Step 3 – Order Your Materials & Tools Needed
Step 4 – Inspect Your Delivery
Step 5 – Clean Your Flower Bed of Any Debris
Clean your flower beds of any leaves, sticks, paper, and other debris.
Put on your work gloves, and take your short bamboo rake and rake up any debris in the flower beds. Deposit the debris in a 5-gallon bucket, yard waste bag, or trash can.
Step 6 – Remove All Weeds
Remove and dispose of all weeds growing in the flower beds.
Using your foam pad for knee support, take your weed picker and remove all weeds growing in the flower beds. Dispose of the weeds the same way as you did for the debris in the last Step.
Step 7 – Cultivate the Soil
Cultivate the areas where flowers will be planted. You should cultivate about 4” deep.
Using your small rototiller or flat spade (for very small areas), cultivate your soil to a depth of about 4”. The soil should be finely chopped up. If you are using your small rototiller, make sure that you use the proper 2-cycle oil & gas mixture. You should also mark your gas can as ‘Mix’ with a magic marker, so that you do NOT confuse it with the straight gas fuel that you probably use for your lawnmower. Make sure to shake the mixture up a little every time before refueling your equipment.
After each area has been tilled, take your small bamboo rake and level out each flower bed.
Step 8 – Add Flower Fertilizer Prior to Planting
A few days to a week before you are going to plant, add some flower fertilizer to your flower beds. Sprinkle the fertilizer over all the areas where you will be planting, and lightly work it in to the soil with your 3-prong cultivator.
Now your flower beds are ready for planting.
Nice Job! As long as you keep up with your watering during any dry spells, you should have some fantastic Blooms this year!
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