The Use Of Phenology To Maintain And Beautify Your Garden

According to dictionary, phenology means observing climate and predicting how they will affect the recurrence of annual phenomena related to animals and plants such as migrating and budding. As far as plants are concern, phenology looks at everything from plant growth, appearance of different insects, bloom time and can translate all that data into a sort of time table for you to take proper care of your lawn.  Phenology is generally called as “science of appearance” because it is based on what certain things appear first during the course of the year.

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The Use Of Phenology To Maintain And Beautify Your Garden
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Use of Phenology for Vegetable Garden:
Phenology is extremely helpful in telling you which vegetable to plant at which time of the year. In this regard, the leaves and bloom time of some other plants will also indicate whether the soil and weather is good enough to plant a certain vegetable. Following are some of the phenology tips for some most common vegetables.
    •    Tomatoes:
When you see that the Lilly of Valley is fully blooming, it is the perfect time to plant tomatoes in your vegetable garden. Furthermore, some people advice to plant them when daylilies start to blossom. 

    •    Potatoes:
The best time to plant potatoes in the garden is when shadbush is in bloom.

    •    Hardy Crops:
The perfect time to plant hardy crops according to the data collected through phenology is when peach trees and plume are at full bloom.

    •    Corn:
When oak leaves get equal to the size of ear of squirrels, you can plant corn without any hesitation. You can also start to fall corn when apples start to blossom.

    •    Beets:
The most suitable time to plant beets in your garden is when blooming of dandelions start.

    •    Carrots:
Again, the perfect time to plant carrots in the garden is when you start noticing dandelions blossoming.

    •    Cucumbers:
Cucumbers are an integral part of any vegetable garden and when you see the lilac blooms have started to fade away, go ahead with the plantation of this delicious vegetable.

Phenology for Flower Garden:
Phenology can also help you to set a timetable for planting different flowers in your flower garden and following lines explain how.

    •    Roses:
You can start pruning the roses when forsythia plant is fully blooming.

    •    Marigolds:
Black locust is in bloom; just do not wait any longer for planting marigolds in your enchanting garden.

    •    Zinnias:
Bloom time of black locust also begets life for the extremely beautiful zinnia flower.

    •    Morning Glories:
When the leaves of maple tree grow to the maximum size, you can sow seeds of morning glory in the soil of your garden.

Phenology for Your lawn:
Phenology also comes to your help in terms of lawn care especially in the areas of fertilizers and weeding. In this regard,
    •    You should fertilize your lawn only when forsythia is in its bloom time.
    •    Seeds of crabgrass usually germinate when lilac is in its full glory.

The most effective way of using the art of phenology to maintain your lawn or garden is to keep record of whatever you do at certain periods of time. You can record bloom time of different plants like lilac and black locust in order to determine whether phenology tips are really working for you or not over the years.
Tom Anderson
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Tom Anderson is a dedicated photographer and writes on interior designing & decoration. He took photo and print on different Canvas prints ,  which looks amazing with great quality Canvas along bright colors scheme.

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