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Feeding Plants

Feeding plants is a very important maintenance step to ensure the health and proper growth of trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs. There are a couple of different ways to go about providing nourishment for many different plant specimens. Herbee will give you a few simple tips and techniques in making organic fertilizer, liquid solutions, and side-dressing.

Other options for maintaining healthy specimens are deadheading, and pinching out the growth tips. When considering any landscape or garden project, Herbee recommends having the soil tested. He feels this is one critical step in understanding your ground and soil's make up.

Let's take a look at organic fertilizers. There are some very good brands available to us today that do an excellent job of feeding plants. One of the advantages of using organic fertilizers is they reduce the risk of hurting the environment, and endangering wildlife.

One important aspect to look at is planting a small garden compared to a larger landscape area. In a small garden area, you can add up to four inches of organic material to enrich nutrients that may be missing. In a larger landscape area, this may be impossible due to the size. You can work with inorganic, and in the next couple of years, add some organic materials.

Side-Dressing

Many people that have gardens and landscapes don't want to mess around with the process of decomposition. They opt for bags of organic material. One of the products we recommend and use for feeding plants is organic mushroom compost. You simply add this compost into your soil when prepping and planting. This is an organic fertilizer that will last up to one year.

Another option for feeding plants is side-dressing. This is the process of using a commercial granular or powdered fertilizer. The granular or powdered mixture releases nutrients a lot faster than organic fertilizers. Applying a small handful to your plants such as annuals in late spring, and again in mid summer, allows the feeding of nutrients to increase the growth and healthiness of each specimen. Two popular fertilizers are 5 - 10 - 5, or 10 - 10 - 10.

Liquid Foods

Liquid solutions is another fast way to feed the nutrients to your plants. This fertilizer comes in a liquid form and is diluted with water. Make sure you read the directions to make the right concentrate level. If you have new plants, or have just pruned specimens, use a milder form of liquid solutions so you won't promote shock in any of your plants.

Pinching Back And Deadheading

There are two methods of increasing and controlling growth. One is pinching back, and the other is deadheading. When you pinch back a plant, you are actually encouraging it to fill out. The correct time to pinch back is when the plant is going through its main growth spurt.

Remove the bud at the end of the stem, before the first flower formation appears. If you are germinating from seeds, wait until the plants have reached three to four inches tall before pinching back. By pinching back the growth bud from the main stem, you are redirecting the growth pattern to other side buds, which in turn will fill out each plant.

Deadheading is another important aspect of plant care. Deadheading can be done when the flower is past full bloom stage. There are two reasons to deadhead your flowering plants. The first is the dead flower is still actually alive. Feeding on nutrients should be directed toward the new buds and flowers just forming.

The second is the look of your garden. To keep up a great appearance to your landscape, removing the dead flowers will allow your area to have the massive beauty you intended.


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A tip when deadheading any flower, always make a clean cut and never a ragged cut. The ragged cut will only delay future buds and flowers in developing. Remember, even with flowers, trimming or pruning at an angle, will prevent any damage to the plant.

Single flowers should be cut back on a stem to where a side shoot is already developing. Cluster flowers need to be deadheaded as each individual flowers passes the bloom stage.

Feeding plants can be done in a safe and easy way. Maintaining your flowers by pinching back or deadheading is easy, too. Your ornamental shrubs and trees can be done the same way as your flowers. Whatever your plans are in your outside world, take the time to plan, prep, plant, create maintenance programs, and more importantly, ENJOY!

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