It has been a busy month here in Magnolia Land. There has been so much to do in the yard and garden. Getting the landscape ready for summer is important to make sure it does well. The hot summers here in the South take a toll on plants. It is best to get plants strong in the spring with maintenance, feeding, and watering. Here are a few things I have done:
- Fertilized the flower beds
- Spread weed preventer in the flower beds
- Trimmed shrubs
- Added a fresh layer of much in the flower beds
- Checked the irrigation system to make sure it runs properly
- Planted annuals and herbs in containers
- Moved houseplants outside
Checking those off the to-do list felt good. Actually doing those things felt good. I really enjoy being outside gardening and digging in the dirt. I have more items on the list and some are:
- Check outdoor plants for scales or bugs and treat accordingly
- Remove guide wires from recently planted trees
- Plant annuals and vegetables in the garden
- Fertilize warm season lawns and thatch or aerate as needed
- Plant or divide perennials
I have taken lots of pictures along with my gardening. I want to capture the beauty of the flowers as they bloom. Plus it is a part of my Project 365. Each day brings a new photo opportunity. It is fun and challenging to do. Now I get to look back on all the pretty flowers like the lavender above and my gorgeous Chinese Snowball Viburnum:
Hot pink dianthus brightened up one side of my flower bed:
Then came the first bloom of a newly planted snowflake viburnum:
And I put together this container of succulents:
Next to the dianthus is a bright yellow daylily:
Part of the front yard was transformed also. We had an area where grass would not grow. Last year we took out the remaining sprigs of grass, re-worked it to be a part of the flower bed, and only covered it with pine straw. This is how it looked at the first of March:
We added a bunch of plants and a good layer of mulch and the result is:
Grow little plants grow! What have you done in your garden lately? Are you ready for summer?
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