It’s never a bad idea to plan for that spring garden. Whether you like to plant edibles, like veggies, or gorgeous florals, planning ahead of time for that garden can equate to a better growing period, and a heartier bounty.
OPEI encourages homeowners, gardeners and commercial facility managers to keep these smart landscaping tips in mind when planting this spring:
- Plant a living landscape that breathes
. It creates the oxygen we need and sequesters carbon.
- Follow the "right plant, right place" rule
. Put in living trees, shrubs, grasses and flowering plants that are right for your climate zone. Once established, Mother Nature will weather climate changes.
- Remember wildlife in your planting choices.
Add flowering plants to support pollinators like birds, bees and butterflies. Our yards, parks, schoolyards and other green spaces connect and form wildlife corridors.
- Plant for your lifestyle.
If you have kids and pets, remember our yards are safe spaces for families, kids and pets.
- Put in a mix of adaptive and native plants
that can handle people traffic as well as provide food and habitat for wildlife.
- Don't overwater.
Plants and trees will grow stronger and work harder, creating deeper, vertical roots, if they need to seek water.
- Let plants go dormant in drought conditions
. They will "green back up" when the rains come.
Published with permission from RISMedia.