Everyone wants a lush yard with blooms everywhere, all season long. This of course means work – and that’s not so nice. We are here to help make things a little easier for you and your plants with the Guide to Deadheading! Even beginner gardeners can quickly learn how to deadhead plants to encourage more growth and nearly guarantee an extended blooming season.
Deadheading refers to simply removing the dead flower heads from your plants. It’s that simple.
Removing spent flowers has multiple benefits. Not only does the process clean up a plant’s appearance, but it also controls the spread of seeds and encourages your flowers and plants to continue to grow thicker and fuller than before.
If performed regularly, this basic garden task doesn’t require much time or thought. You can deadhead while listening to music, talking on the phone, or before or after watering. By making it part of your routine, it becomes much easier to accomplish.
Not to mention the reward of having a clean and crisp garden each day for you and your loved ones to admire.
It’s no surprise that a plant’s purpose goes beyond brightening your space and making your yard shine. Your garden is part of a much larger ecosystem that supports all types of wildlife.
The primary goal of a plant is to propagate.
Once a plant has produced a round of successfully pollinated flowers, it begins to focus its resources on developing seeds. Both annuals and perennials put their energy into producing seeds to ensure the survival of their species.
When plants like petunias and roses stop blooming in early summer, it’s time to eradicate the deadheads to re-invigorate your plant and encourage it to flower again. So, the process of deadheading begins.
By doing so, you help continue this incredible cycle.
Picking apart each plant in your garden can seem like a bit of a large task. If you’re staring out into your yard not knowing where to start, break your gardens into sections. Now, do a section at a time whenever you have a few minutes. Or designate specific sections for specific days when you’re watering!
Now, grab your bucket and your pruners, it’s time to deadhead!
Continue to water, and care for the gardens as per usual. This should involve fertilization and we carry ample products to help you with keeping healthy soil as well.
Ready to get started? Come visit us at Fora Outdoor Living today and speak with our expert staff. We will be happy to help.
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