Preparing Your Flower Bed
Growing flowers in Tucson is a new experience for hundreds of families every year; some gardening for the first time, others newly-arrived in the city.
Your flower garden should be designed to reflect your taste and personality. Take the time to learn the size and blooming periods of the different plants that do well in Tucson and then use those you like.
- When you see blooming times listed for various plants, keep in mind that these are averages. Blooming periods vary depending on weather conditions and the location of your garden.
- Temperatures in low-lying parts of Tucson may be as much as 10 degrees cooler than other parts of the city.
- There can also be a considerable variation of temperature and sunlight in different areas of your yard or patio.
- Some flowers may bloom all winter in a warm southern exposure, while the same variety may not bloom until late winter or early spring in a colder location.
For best results, prepare your flower beds BEFORE choosing your plants.
Good, rich soil is the key to beautiful healthy plants and lots of flowers.
Loosen and turn the soil to a depth of 12-15 inches.
For each 100 sq. ft. of area apply:
- 6-2 cu. ft. bags of Forest Magic Composted Mulch
- 2 lbs. of Soil Sulfur
- 2.5 lbs. (3 tbsp./4 sq. ft.) of Osmocote Vegetable & Bedding Slow Release Plant Food
Blend thoroughly into your loosened soil.
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