Best way to plant spring annuals.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by grassmasterswilson, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    My son is getting baptized in about 10 days. So I'm trying to get the lawn in shape for the lunch.

    Most local nurseries have not stocked plants yet but I was thinking about checking lowes for some spring annuals.

    What are the best ones to plant in the spring in North Carolina? Begonias? Pansies? Inpatients?

    What's the best way to plant? I thought of making a bed out of black cow manure and planting groups of plant in it?

    Hoping some if you can help.
     
  2. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'd go for petunias. They should do well until it gets hot and they stall. Should give a lot of instant color if you get baskets.
    congratulations, how old is he?
     
  3. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Appreciate it. He's almost 5 months and changing every day.

    I'm a lawn guy and not a plant guy. I usually just walk around the garden center looking for pretty things!! Haha. Mucosal nursery is getting a large stock in the first of next week so should have some good stuff.

    My father in law is a plant guy and hoping he will go around with me while In Town and look for good plants that fit where I need them.
     
  4. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
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    probably better off with a bunch of hanging or non hanging baskets already deigned and full and space them out. The 6 packs and individual plants are small and need to grow before you get any impact unless you use a ton and it gets expensive.
     
  5. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Was thinking of some pre planted pots for stoop and deck.

    Might even try to put some larger pots in the landscape and change out flowers.

    Any tips or tricks to planting in the ground?
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  6. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Don't know how big an area you have but a basic route would be to get a bale of peat moss and till / mix it in with the existing dirt with a shovel as good as you can. The bale is compressed and spreads out over a good bit of area. If your soil is real bad or even if it is good you can add a bunch of bags of top soil to raise it up a bit (drainage is real important) and mix it all together. Add some slow release osmocote over the area and plant.
     
  7. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thanks guys. Looking at the weather the next week all but one day will be highs in low70s and lows in 50s(one day in 40s).

    Gonna take my chances and get some in the ground. After all once we get going full throttle in summer I may not have time to keep them watered and weeded!! At least I hope!

    Maybe going forward I can use the beds/pots for fall annuals and replace them in the spring.
     
  8. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you have shady areas begonias should work for you as well. Congrats man!
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  9. Wes Parker

    Wes Parker LawnSite Member
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    If you want one easy to maintain plant Vinca. They don't require much water at all. All you have to do to them is fertilize them when the bottom leaves start to turn yellow.
    When I plant mine I put about a table spoon or 2 of osmocote right in the whole, set the plant right on top, cover it. Nothing to it. We plant around 5000 of them in April.
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  10. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Probably too cold for vinca yet. Once you get them planted apply some pre emergent. Should keep the weeds down until August.
     

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