There are many aspects to planning a backyard makeover, one of the largest and most daunting tasks being landscaping. Landscaping can be as simple as planting flowers and trees to as complex as laying a brick patio. Although I have multiple long-term plans for my backyard makeover, I think of this as a lifelong project, one that I will invest an infinite number of hours planning and even more hours of physical labor, this is a project that must be tackled one project at a time.
This summer I started by installing a flower bed along the fence and planted Knockout Roses alternately with Golden Euonymus.
I chose the Knock out Rose from happygardens.com to line the fence because of their ease of care and the summer-long blooms that they produce.
These roses produce 2-3” blooms consistently for approximately five months and grow to a mature height of about 3 feet.
From my experience, the Knock out Rose Bush is virtually impossible to kill as long as you make sure the plant receives plenty of water and sunshine.
This year I received the plants from an online nursery, Great Garden Plants, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the quality and the beauty of these plants.
However, if you notice that your Knock Out Rose bush hasn’t been blooming as much, then perhaps your plant is suffering from any of the following:
You’d know that your plants are affected by animal pests when they’ve finally bloomed, and then the next day the buds are gone.
Especially if you live in an open space and in the countryside, the most common culprits could be elk, deer, or squirrels.
Knock out rose diseases.
This type of rose also has diseases that are common only to this kind of plant.
Some of these common diseases are stem canker, black spot fungus, and rust.
When insects attack your plant, this can cause the buds to fall off right even before they bloom.
One of the most common kinds of insects that could attack your plant is thrips.
The plants arrived via Fed-Ex within a matter of days.
When I opened the box, I was very impressed.
Each plant was planted in a 1-quart size container and separated in the box with cardboard dividers.
The container of each plant was wrapped in plastic and secured with a rubber band which kept the soil nice and moist through delivery.
The plants were very healthy and appeared to be thriving.
With the shipment, I also received a planting guide with detailed instructions on how to care for the plants.
Within these instructions I learned that I needed to wait 24-48 hours after receiving the shipment before planting so the plants could acclimate to the new environment; how often to water the plants; and when to fertilize the plants.
These instructions came in particularly handy since I had never ordered plants from an online nursery before.
Other general care instructions that you should apply to your Knock Out Rose bush include:
• Choosing the right type of soil to incorporate in your garden will make the plant grow faster.
• Regularly water the plants. The leaves of the plant will turn brown and yellow when it’s too dry. Watering it regularly will also keep the leaves green and healthy.
• Make sure the plant is rooted in soil with good drainage.
• Know how much light your Knock Out Rose bush is getting. The plants need to have some light during the day and you want to provide artificial sun for it during the night.
Despite the record high temperatures, these plants continue to thrive.
I think the first week they when through a little bit of a shock period and with the hundred degree temperatures their leaves started to scorch ever so slightly.
I continued to water the plants daily and every Saturday I give them a little bit of fertilizer to boost their blooms.
I think that these plants will be the perfect addition to our backyard for many summers to come.
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When you buy your first flower or plant, it’s important that you learn about the Knock Out Rose Plant.
Do this before you even dive right into the excitement of planting some in your garden.
Once you know more about the plant, you’ll have a better understanding of what you’re buying.
You can then be prepared to care for it, to nurture it, and to give it all of the tender loving care it needs so it can give you the best full blooms.
The flowers are so beautiful as it comes in all shapes and sizes, so it’s up to you to give it its full potential to grow.
|Natalie is a mother of two energetic boys ages 5 and 7. She spends her weekends working outside in the yard and loves DIY home improvement projects. She enjoys playing sports with her children and dreams of becoming a professional photographer.|
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