starting from scratch - Knowledgebase Question

Lott, tx
Avatar for jsyoung0517
Question by jsyoung0517
April 3, 2007
I moved in to a house a year ago and have not planted any flowers yet. I wanted to put in a flower bed this weekend. Last year we planted some bermuta grass, but also have some costal that has come up. I wanted to put my flower bed around a tree in the back yard. Our ground is sandy. Wondering what I need to buy from A-Z. I have never done this before. I am not sure what to do about soil, what kind of plants, fertilizer?
I would love some advice. Thanks

Answer from NGA
April 3, 2007

I suggest starting by installing a barrier about 8 inches deep around the bed to keep the bermuda out as it will be a continual invader in your flower beds. Metal flashing works well. Spade the soil in the bed and remove any bermuda you find. Then spread bags of compost to a depth of about 2 inches and mix it in well. I suggest you add a turf type fertilizer such as 15-5-10 at a rate of one cup per 25 square feet and mix it in with the compost. Then plant your flowers and water them in with a solution of a soluble fertilizer such as Miracle Gro at the label rate. Use this soluble product weekly to keep them growing strong.

Thanks for the question. Please stop in again soon!

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by Zoia and is called "The Patio"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.