Make your beds a success!

In order for your flower beds to beautify your garden for as long as possible with a minimum of maintenance, take the necessary precautions when setting up.

Before embarking on the purchase of plants to fill your flower beds, carefully consider the natural elements of your plot. If your soil retains water in winter, avoid planting dry-ground plants right away. If your terrain is limestone, forget about the whole range of azaleas, rhododendrons and other heather earth plants.

Your flowerbeds will undergo strong climatic constraints due to their exposure, so choose hardy, solid varieties that are suited to your land. Avoid fragile plants if you don't want to spend all your free time tending them!

Let the air circulate in your beds

When planting, space your plants well to let them breathe and allow them to receive as much light as possible.

This precaution will prevent fungal diseases (linked to fungi) from developing on your plants.

Apply natural fertilization to the surface with ripe compost or a commercial organic fertilizer, not too rich in nitrogen and containing magnesium.

Scratch superficially.

Repeat the fertilization operation in June for your roses and plants that bloom in summer or fall.

The right actions in your beds

Prune the shrubs in your flower beds with a sharp tool to make a clean cut that heals quickly. Cut back faded flowers regularly to prevent the plants from getting tired.

Burn diseased stems and leaves to prevent the spread of disease. Remove anything that can obstruct air circulation and light diffusion to keep your plants healthy, able to defend themselves against pest attacks.

Mulch your flower beds to keep the soil moist. If your soil dries out too quickly, install microporous pipes.

M.-C. H.

Photo credit: The Plant of the Month

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