Outdoor Planting Tips

Outdoor Planting Tips image by (CC) Flowerbeds by Benkid77/Wikimedia Commons

A visit to the garden center of your home improvement store might inspire you to revamp your landscaping and perhaps introduce some new plants. Even though many stores now offer money-back guarantees on plants that do not grow well in your yard, digging up the yard and returning the remains of your gardening efforts to the store is not a fun activity. Follow a few simple outdoor planting tips, and you can better your odds of creating a beautiful landscape that thrives.

Chart Sprinkler Watering Patterns

Learn your sprinkler system's watering pattern and adjust it as needed. Avoid watering the street, house, patio or fence and install sprinkler heads that target the areas of the yard, which contain flowers and trees. Take note of runoff areas and also areas where the sprinkler does not reach. These are usually the spots in your yard where you may place ornamental rocks but not flower beds. Thinking through your water availability is the initial outdoor planting tip that will make the other ones fall into place.

Compose Before You Plant

Would you go to a furniture store and purchase a bedroom set without first measuring the room to ensure that the various items will fit? The same goes for outdoor planting. Plan your flowerbeds, grassy areas and walkways on paper before you head for the nursery. To make your task easier, websites---such as Vegetable-Gardening-Online.com---offer worksheets you may print out for this job. Decide on the kinds of plants you want to include in your landscape---ornamental flowers, vegetables, herbs, drought resistant plants or native species---and educate yourself about their light and watering requirements. This reduces the risk of planting water-loving plants with those that do not thrive well in moist soils.

Move Plants to Make Room

Move plants if you notice that a flowerbed is too crowded or if plants fail to thrive at a certain location. The best time to move plants is during spring. Avoid crowding your flowerbeds by planning for the plants' growth over the course of the season. If you are growing your plants from seeds, check the back of the seed package for plant spacing tips; this gives you a good indication how much room you have to work with prior to introducing other flora.

Vary a Bulb Garden

A crocus bed is gorgeous in early to mid spring, but thereafter it loses its appeal. Enjoy your bulb garden from spring to late summer by planting bulbs that bloom at differing times. For example, crocus is usually the first flower to bloom during very early spring---sometimes even while there is still snow on the ground---while the daffodil follows closely behind. Plant also tulips, lilies, irises, gladiolas and dahlias to keep the flowerbed in bloom.

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About this Author

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

Photo by: (CC) Flowerbeds by Benkid77/Wikimedia Commons