Don’t stand so close to me !

Most people do not know that there is actually a science behind planting a garden.  Really, if you want to ensure the success of your garden’s blooms, you will want to make sure that everything is properly spaced.  A key part of this is to make sure spacing is taken into consideration prior to the plants blooming.  Once the plants have an opportunity to spread it becomes a little more difficult to uproot and replant.  By being overly cautious of this rule, prior to planting, you are going to save yourself a lot of headaches, dead plants and wasted money.

If you are an avid gardener and have decided to do your own planting, you will want to make sure you do your research.  Some key things that you want to be aware of when selecting your plantings–

  • What is the lifecycle?
  • When does it bloom?
  • How long until it reaches full maturity?
  • How big it will get?
  • Will it spread?

If you are looking at a large space in your yard where you are planning on placing your plants, do not get overzealous and think you can fit more in the area than what will comfortably grow. Plants that are too crowded will begin to compete for the vital nutrients it/they need to thrive.  In addition, unbeknownst to you – under the soil is another battle taking place, a root war.  Only one of your plants is going to come out victorious, take caution!

Now that I have you made aware of overcrowding – let me introduce you to the problem of too much space.  Again, you are going to make sure you take the time to become familiar with the plants you are placing and what their needs are.  Because, some plants prefer to be placed in close quarters with similar species.  Some plants require the close-knit bonding so that they can pollinate.

And remember, plants, flowers and vegetables all have their own set of rules. 

There are some great tools online that can be used to help homeowners calculate the amount of space you should leave between your plantings. Check em’ out!

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