Borders are a fantastic way to transform your garden from being dull and dreary to being full of life and flourishing. Everyone wants to be able to create beautiful garden borders that flower for a very long time. Here are some top tips on making your borders look stunning in the garden.
The plants you chose and the placement of them is probably one of the most important things when creating beautiful garden borders. It is best to choose plants that have complementary colours to create either a subtle or contrasting pattern. Evergreen plants can look great in borders by providing form and structure while also looking beautiful all year round. It is also advisable to plant perennials in groups so that they have more impact.
Nourish the soil
It is important to keep the soil in good health as this is what provides a lot of the nutrients to the plants. Applying a mulch to the soil is a great way of providing nutrients, retaining moisture and preventing weed growth.
Gro-Sure Smart Ground Cover is a protective and decorative mulch that is perfect for garden borders. This provides interlocking wood fibres which means that the cover stays in place for a long time. These interlocking fibres also create a barrier which prevents weeds from growing and keeps moisture in the soil. The best bit about this Smart Cover is that it frames the plants to make them stand out from the ground.
To apply the Gro-sure Smart Ground Cover effectively, follow these simple steps:
- BEFORE: Clear away the weeds from the borders. Make sure you remove the roots as well. Water the plants and soil before applying.
- APPLICATION: Spread a layer of the Smart Cover 3cm (1 to 2 inches) deep over the soil surface. Ensure that the soil is completely covered and that you get in and around the base of the plant. After the Smart Cover has been applied, water over the surface to lock the fibres of the mulch together
- AFTERCARE: Once you have applied the Smart Ground cover once, it will stay effective for many years.
If you want to have borders with lots of long lasting flowers, feeding them is very important. During the growing season, feeding the plants will provide them with extra nutrients that are essential for full growth. A good feed to use is Gro-Sure All Purpose Slow Release Plant Food. This is because it has a blend of slow releasing granules, plus fact acting plant food providing nutrients when plants need it most. Therefore, it feeds the plants for 6 months- all season long! Sprinkle this feed granule over the surface of the soil and water the feed in.
Following these tips will mean you have a healthy, beautiful and long lasting border.