What are Perennials?
When shopping for plants and flowers, you may notice that there are 2 main types - annuals, and perennials. It’s important to understand the difference between the two when choosing what to plant.
Annuals will only survive for a growing season, and then die off. They won’t return again to bloom the following year. Perennials, however, are plants that survive for 2 years or more throughout multiple growing seasons.
Perennials planted in the spring will usually grow throughout the spring and summer months, die off in the fall, and then begin growing again the next year. The benefit of perennials is that you only have to purchase and plant them once and they’ll bring beauty to your gardens for several years.
You can plant perennials from bulbs in the fall and they’ll bloom the following spring. Using a mix of perennials and annuals in your garden adds color, vibrancy, and variety.
Why use Mulch?
Mulch does more than make your garden look good. It plays an important role in keeping your garden healthy throughout the year.
Mulch helps the soil retain much-needed moisture so that your plant’s roots grow strong. It protects the soil by keeping it cool while preventing the development of frost that could damage roots.
Another benefit to mulch is that it helps prevent weed growth and soil compaction. Adding a layer of fresh mulch in the spring creates an excellent environment for the growing season. Not only will your flower beds look their best, but they’ll also be able to retain moisture, keep weeds at bay, and promote the health of the soil.
Preparing your garden is an essential step to a successful and beautiful growing season. By adding perennials and mulching, you’ll enjoy colorful, attractive landscaping that’s easy to maintain.