5 Mistakes to Avoid When Planting Perennials

Now that your perennial gardens have awakened after their winter rest, you can see where you might need to fill in some empty spaces. Late spring is a great time to get new perennials started.

Sometimes, your perennials might not thrive as much as you had hoped. Chances are you've overlooked something they need. Here are 5 perennial gardening mistakes to avoid:

Mistake 1: Putting perennials in the wrong spot.
You must take the plant's light requirements and soil preferences into account.

Mistake 2: Neglecting Maintenance
While perennials don't require a lot of work, there are still a few things you need to remember, such as deadheading, or removing dead flowers, and dividing your plants every three years or so.

Mistake 3: Mulching Too Much or Too Little
You need a 3-inch layer of organic mulch, but you need to keep the mulch 2-3 inches away from the crown of each plant.

Mistake 4: Planting Too Close
Crowded perennials create conditions that encourage disease. When planting, pay attention to the width and height the plant is expected to reach.

Mistake 5: Not Staking Tall Stems
Some perennials need help standing, particularly those with long, thin stems. To keep them upright, stake them early in the season.

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