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We talked earlier in the spring about planting bulbs in preparation for the warmer months. Well the warmer months have arrived! As we embark on the summer you should be enjoying the fruits of your labor in the form of beautiful blooms.

Because annuals only last one season, you don’t have to worry about long-term care. For the not so green of thumb, this can be a blessing. Some annuals include geraniums, impatiens and marigolds.

One thing to remember when planting annuals is the necessity of mulch. Not only does it make your flowerbed look neat and finished, but mulch provides helpful benefits for growing a successful flower garden. Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, so on hot dry summer days mulch can help you to avoid having to water your garden more often. Mulch helps to prevent soil erosion, so not only is it helping to keep your soil moist, it’s helping to avoid rain water from washing your strategically placed soil away from your plants! And finally mulch helps to protect your plants against weeds and other pests. Depending on the type of wood that is used to make the mulch, your garden might be come much less attractive to certain types of pests, and because mulch adds and extra layer of resistance, weeds have trouble thriving in a garden laid with mulch.