With the arrival of autumn there is still a lot of work to be done in the garden, especially when managing fall perennials and preparing for the spring. As you work with fall perennials, keep in mind that spring perennials are best planted in the fall so they will perform as well as they can in the spring.
Perennial management is truly a three-year process. During the first-year perennials begin to grow. In the second year, they continue to grow, with an emphasis on the development of their root system. The third year is when you will see results from your efforts in your garden with the proper preparation of your perennial bed.
Preparation of a Perennial Bed for the Spring
Amend the Soil: You will improve the soil’s texture, nutrient value and pliability by adding amendments such as compost and fertilizer to your bed you will improve the soil’s texture, nutrient value and pliability.
Determine the Plant Type: When you buy a plant, you have to pay attention to the instructions that come with it. The spacing and the size of the hole you dig when you place the plant are vital to its development and future growth. You must also consider the sun requirements for the plants you have purchased. You would not want to place a plant which favors full sun in shade or vice versa.
Soak It: As with any new plant, whether it be in a pot or in an existing bed, you must water it. With the initial watering, there is no such thing as overwatering. Plants need plenty of water to grow and develop their root system when first planted.
Add Mulch: You will want to add mulch to your bed and spread it around your perennials. This will relieve stress placed on them. The mulch will protect the plant’s roots, help with water conservation and provide a barrier for weeds.
Transplanting: Whether it be within your own landscape, a neighbor’s or a friend’s, transplanting allows for you to increase the fertility of your perennials and spread their wealth to those around you.
Splitting: Simply put, this is the dividing of a plant to allow its roots to regenerate and grow and remain healthy.
Preparing your perennial bed is an intensive, time-consuming process, but by starting that process now you will be ready for the beauty of spring!
If you have any questions about your spring perennial bed, contact us at 214-219-3993.