Outdoor plants - keeping them happy and healthy!
I love outdoor plants. Not only the ones planted in the ground, but those planted in pots. My deck has a bunch of potted plants, and I take a lot of pleasure out of caring for them, and watching them grow. Here are some ideas to help keep your outdoor plants happy and healthy!
Keep the plants bug-free
Sevin-5 Bug Killer
Down here in South Florida, our outdoor plants are bug-magnets all year long. I needed an all-purpose insecticide. One that's simple to use, and effective against all types of bugs.
I chose this Sevin-5 product for a few reasons. It states that it kills over 65 different insects. With that many, I figure the odds were pretty good that it would work on all of my mystery bugs. It also states that this product can be used on vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, and lawns. I figure that's a pretty diverse number of uses. Finally, this product is inexpensive... and comes in a convenient shaker can. It's easy to use (just shake it out) and quite effective.
Read the Full Review Here
Here are some other Sevin Products
To help your plants succeeed, feed and fertilize using one of the many fine products shown below. Follow their instructions and your plants will have a better chance of thriving.
Feed and Fertilize!
Drainage is essential. Help drainage succeed by placing rocks or gravel in the bottom of the pot, before adding soil. Without this step soil will eventually pack the drainage holes, and water won't be able to seep through. Use saucers to contain a small amount of the surplus water. Especially nice - saucers can help keep your deck clean from dirty runoff!
Planters come in many different types and materials. Terracotta and ceramic planters might not fare well in cold climates, as they may crack. And, they can become quite heavy. Plastic pots are much lighter, but are also subject to cracking, especially if the plant gets to be very heavy.
Plastic, wood, and metal window boxes allow you to make an attractive display by planting several small plants together.
Hanging planters should be light-weight, and their hangers strong enough to hold your plant. Be careful with plastic hangers - I've had my fair share of them break!
Finally, once your plant gets heavy, you might find you simply can't move or carry the potted plant anymore. That's when it's time to invest in strong, sturdy plant caddies.
Plastec 14 inch caddy
Plastec 17 inch caddy
Plastec 14" caddy - read full review here
Plastec 17" caddy - read full review here
The products, above, help me enjoy my outdoor plants.
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