4 Ways your Plant Bed Affects your Overall Plant’s Health

Plant beds create a professional, welcoming look for your property and provide curb appeal that enhances the value or your home or business.

However, just like the other features of your property, beds must be tended to regularly to keep your plants healthy and growing, and looking cultivated and well-tended. Beds that are struggling will appear yellowed, brown, or collapsing because they are not receiving the proper amount of water, nutrients, and/or fertilizer.

Healthy Plants Create Curb Appeal and Increase Your Home’s Value

A healthy bed has edging, plantings with deep roots, and vibrant colors. The health of your plantings are directly tied to the tending and attention given to your beds:

  • Water and Soil Drainage. Many people find it difficult to provide the right amount of water to their beds. That’s not surprising: While our climate is stable, the weather still fluctuates every year. Then, consider the type of soil you have – some types allow water to drain quickly, but others, such as clay, hold the water in for a longer period of time. Additionally, the organic matter in your soil is an important component of proper drainage. Every day, the nutrients provided from this matter are leached from your soil if your bed doesn’t drain as it should.
  • Choose Plants Carefully. While you may have a vision of how you would like your beds to look, it’s crucial to understand what plants will thrive on your property. The amount of sun your beds receive (and the time of day they are in full sun), your type of soil, and a plant’s disease resistance are all factors. We suggest examining the plants before they are purchased. Unfortunately, some plants have insect damage or a poor root system. Homeowners should instead only purchase plants that appear healthy. If you don’t know what to look for, it’s time to consult a professional.
  • Mulching, Edging, and Weed Barriers Are Key. Once your plantings are chosen, the appropriate type of mulch should be placed. Then, beds should be edged so the bed area is defined and the mulch is not displaced. If these steps are properly completed, then weeds should be easily controlled through targeted applications.
  • Make Maintenance a Priority. Your beds will benefit from both spring and fall cleanups. In the fall, properly clearing a bed will help to deter diseases that can live in your soil throughout the winter and then present themselves again in the spring. Cluttered beds also invite pests that can destroy the environment of your beds. Taking the time to clean and maintain beds will lead to a healthier experience throughout the entire year.

Pittsburgh Professional Landscapers

Dream Green provides professional, reliable lawn care throughout the Pittsburgh area. Our complete care service programs will ensure that your beds are tended to monthly and keeps them looking vibrant, well-tended, and healthy. Call Dream Greener today to learn more about how our scheduled services can save you headaches and backaches.