Annual Flower Mulching & Watering Techniques

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Mulching and watering annual flowers keeps the soil cool and nourished. Mulch and water annual flowers with tips from a horticulturist in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Leigh Anne Lomax

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So after you have planted your plants we do recommend using a little bit of mulch on top of the ground. Mulch acts as a great barrier for preventing weeds to grow and it also helps keep the soil cool and it also helps to conserve soil moisture. All of those things are very important of being able to grow healthy annuals but we don't need a lot of mulch around them, just an inch or so at the most. So I'm just going to take this bark mulch but you can use whatever kind of mulch you would like and I'm just going to go right around the base of the plants. Watering your plants is going to be very important. It is essential to water your plants as soon as you plant them. They will be a little bit stressed out from being transplanted and the best thing that you can do is give them a good soaking. We do recommend using some kind of way to break up the flow of water so they get a nice gentle stream of water rather than blasting them out of the ground with a big hard hose. So as you can see I am going to gently turn my water on and I am going to give them a good thorough soaking. When your annuals are first planted in the ground we would recommend that you provide them with water several times a week and depending on how warm it is that might be as often as four to five times during the week. Once they get a little bit established then you'll be able to cut back a little bit on the water and water them maybe only two to three times per week.