I know it is hard to believe but March is here! With it’s arrival, it is time here in Duncan Oklahoma to get to work on those flower beds.
The first thing we need to do is to do a walk around of our beds. Inspecting the beds for signs of weeds or disease. We also need to take a good look at the bed’s structure. Depending on what type of bed it is, we may need to look at the concrete, plastic, metal, or wood borders and make sure they are in acceptable condition.
The second thing we need to do is clear the beds of debris. Leaves. grasses, and all kinds of other things have undoubtedly blown into our beds over the winter, they need to be removed as to not hinder growth of our plants or encourage disease. Once the debris is removed, it is then time to decide whether to pull up our annuals or cultivate them into the soil. This is an individual choice and often is decided by how many annuals there are, their locations in the beds, and if replanting of annuals will be done.
The next step in our process of getting our beds ready is to plant! If you already decided what you are planting purchase the pants. If you haven’t decided yet, take a stroll around a few garden shops. Ask for suggestions if you are new to planting annuals. Most employees are glad to help and have vast knowledge on the subject. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Once the plants are in the ground, it is then usually a good idea to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to help tackle those pesky weeds! I am a big fan of Preen products. They are simple to use and effective, just remember to follow the label instructions when dealing with all herbicides or pesticides.
After the herbicide is down, we then follow up with a good quality mulch. There are several color and material choices available these days. Everything from red to black and wood to rubber, each has their advantages and disadvantages.The choice is mostly on personal preference. I use wood mostly as I have not gotten over the fact that most rubber products make the beds smell like automotive tires. Whatever choice you decide, make sure while installing the mulch that you do not disturb the soil much. The pre-emergent herbicide we applied produces a barrier on top of the soil to prevent weed seeds from taking root. Disturbing the soil too much while installing mulch can leave gaps in the barrier where weeds can get through.
With all these steps done it is time to sit back and ENJOY the beauty of your flower beds!