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What’s the Best Time to Ensure Next Year’s – Flower Borders – are More Beautiful? Now!

The best way to ensure that your flower borders will be even more beautiful next year, is to pay attention now and make adjustments whenever the soil is workable and the weather right.

Of course, with plants that are in full bloom or have not yet bloomed — you’ll want to wait until after bloom to thin or move them.  But feel free to do it now if they’re just too thick to be attractive. Just know that you’ll loose a bit of bloom this season.  Depending on your time schedule for fall — it might be well worth the sacrifice of bloom to do it now.

I’m a believer in doing things when the opportunity presents itself — and that’s not always the time I might prefer. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can accomplish when you use this approach.  If you wait for just the right time to do things — they often end up not getting done.

If you’re having drought in July or August you may have to wait for fall to bring more favorable conditions to move things or make changes.  So make a few notes while things are blooming so you’ll know exactly what to do when your opportunity comes.

If you’re having a year — like we are — getting rain in due season with moderate temperatures — you can do a lot more.

The sooner you can do things that you see need to be done the better.

Bottom Line

Waiting for spring to make all the changes is a mistake many gardeners make.  There’s always a lot of work to be done in the spring.  By then the many wonderful changes you had in mind may have been long forgotten.   Or lack of time in the spring  can keep you from making the adjustments you had in mind during the growing season even if you did write them down.

Final Thoughts

If the “wrong” time is the only time you’ll have to do something — do it.  Otherwise it may never get done.

Right now (while things are fresh in your mind) is the best time to ensure that your flower borders will be even more beautiful next year.

If you’ve properly prepared your beds and have mulched and returned plant residue to the soil to add organic matter every year — in all probability your plants will be just fine — and never notice that you thought it was the wrong time to move them.

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4 comments to What’s the Best Time to Ensure Next Year’s – Flower Borders – are More Beautiful? Now!

  • sandra

    If the “wrong” time is the only time you’ll have to do something — do it. Otherwise it may never get done.

    Yes, yes, yes!!!! such great advice. Needed to hear that today. Thanks Theresa.

  • Theresa

    I learned that long ago Sandra. It may seem insignificant to some — but that fact is one of the most important things you can do to help yourself in life. I may not have flower borders at all — had I not learned that.
    So glad you picked right up on it!
    Theresa

  • Mary Fisher

    Does anyone know how I can deal with blackfly on nasturtiums?

  • Theresa

    I grow just a few nasturtium and fortunately have never had blackfly, Mary.
    Maybe all the ladybugs I have eat them.
    Lots of info on a google search. Try diluted soapy water spray (just a little liquid soap – or it will kill your leaves) or plain water spray.
    Theresa

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