Why Did My Flowers Stop Blooming? September Newsletter
Why did my flowers stop blooming?
It has been a scorcher recently here in southern Alabama. Hopefully all of us here in Fairhope and the Eastern Shore will get some cool weather soon!
During hot and dry periods, keeping your lawn or seasonal color beds looking healthy is much easier with a lawn sprinkler system.
However, if there are any spots in your lawn that have “less than perfect coverage” or your controller has less than perfect programming, under drought conditions, your lawn will begin to show signs of stress right away. This is usually noticed first with a dull green color, then a yellow color and finally brown (drought stressed) or burnt grass.
It is also easy to recognize signs of stress on your annual flowers. The plants begin to drop their bloom and become wilted. You may also notice that they are not blooming as much as usual or not blooming at all. During time of extreme heat without water, your flowers can literally die overnight. We suggest placing a rain gauge in your lawn area. Lawns prefer 1 inch of rainfall per week so adjust your watering accordingly, water at night or early morning hours.
Suggested Irrigation Settings
- Water spray type sprinkler heads for 10-20 minutes in grass or shrub areas
- Water a minimum of 3 days per week and maximum of 4 days per week
- It is better to water deep and infrequent than to water every day for brief periods
- Generally, shrubs can survive with less water than grass, so consider only increasing the number of watering days on the lawn and annual flower areas
- Water turf (grass) zones for 30-60 minutes with the turf rotor sprinkler head between the hours of 12:00am and 6:00am
- A buddy meter can help reduce your water bill during droughts so that you can eliminate sewage on the water used for the lawn
Remember, we guarantee satisfaction so please call to let us know how we are doing!
Fall Flower Tips
- Select pansies that have been grown in 4” pots. They have a much more developed root system for transplant.
- Till the soil 8”-12” deep and add compost, manure or peat moss
- Add a slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote 13-13-13 and work it into the soil
- Shape or contour the soil so water will drain out of the beds
- Space pansies 6”-10” apart for complete fill in of bed area
- Add 2”-3” layer of a fine textured mulch such as shredded hardwood or pine bark mini-nuggets
- Water in the newly planted pansies with a liquid fertilizer such as Peters 20-20-20
September Special Discount: $25 OFF Fall Irrigation Inspections/Adjustments
- Provide an estimate for special repairs
- Inspect and set water schedule
- Inspect all sprinklers and adjust
- Offer expires on September 30th
September Chores for the Eastern Shore
- Inspect plants and lawns for pest problems
- Treat ant hills
- Mow, Trim, and edge lawns
- Plan fall color beds
- Inspect your irrigation system & controller
- Keep weed-free bed areas
- Install fresh mulch if yours has discolored or is less than 3” thick