Care for Your Flowers and Foliage
You need to keep your blooms healthy by picking companion plants with similar requirements for sun, water and fertilizer, according to Petitt and Schaffitzel. Buy good quality potting soil, and don’t forget to fertilize! Our experts suggest buying either Garden Tone or Osmocote fertilizers. Additionally, set yourself up for success by choosing flowers that you don’t have to dead head. (That is, removing dead flower heads from a plant to encourage further blooming.) And when your flowers get too leggy, cut them back so they will bush out instead, Schaffitzel says.
Keep Critters Out
To deter pesky squirrels from digging, lay bird netting over the top of your soil and plant through widened holes, says Petitt. You can find bird netting in most hardware stores. To keep cats from sunbathing on your flowers, buy a package of wooden skewers and stick them in the soil every few inches, she adds. The sticks won’t interfere with your plants, but they will discourage felines. To repel bugs, Schaffitzel suggests trying cedar oil or moth balls if you can take the smell.