9 Steps to Greener Shrubs and Brighter Flowers

Flowers and ornamental flowers not only make your backyard look and have a welcoming smell, but they also play a vital role in the collective effort in keeping Mother Earth sustainable. More greenery means more oxygen, more rain and less global warming. If you have been neglecting your garden or would like to make the greens greener and colors brighter, there are several things you need to do:

Choose native species

Plant species will do well in places where their adaptations work best. If a flower is from the highlands, planting it in the hotter lowlands will lead to stunted growth or outright death. Choose species that are local and they are certainly able to cope with the heat or cold better.

Use compost

Composting may be an odious task but the compost will do wonders for your plants. It is easy to compost. Just pile up stuff that you will rot e.g. fruit leftovers, coffee grounds, mown grass and even old newspapers and leave it to rot. The compost is crucial in adding vital nutrients to the soil. It will make the soil hydrated and aerated enough for healthier roots.

Plant perennial

Perennial plants are those that will remain green for more than one season. These plants have deeper roots than short term plants. This helps prevent soil erosion which protects your other pants too. You can have the perennials on the edges of your garden to lock in the soil.

Better watering

Going at your flowers and seedlings every once in a while with a watering can could do more harm than good. The splash made by a watering displaces the soil. Using drip lines delivers water in a more consistent manner and requires less work.

Do companion planting

This is where you grow different species together as some offer protective and reproductive benefits to others. Certain herbs like basil and garlic are known to keep off worms and other pests with their pungent odors. Others like parsley attract insects like the praying mantis which feed on the pests. This leaves your garden pest free with the added advantage of using fewer chemicals.

Mow and prune lightly

Mowing deeply damages the roots of your grass. Pruning your shrubs excessively deprives the shrub its food makers which are the leaves. It is recommended that you keep a thick lawn with grass the height of 3-4.4 inches.

Welcome the small visitors

Bees and other insects that feed on the plants and make their habitat in them help in the vital task of cross-pollination. This keeps your flowers blooming as the reproductive cycle is facilitated.