Maintaining Container Gardens Gladwin MI

These simple maintenance tasks keep your patio planters and window boxes looking their best throughout the growing season and help cold-climate gardeners prepare for winter in Gladwin. Tools and Materials Planted containers Water source, hose or watering can Slow-release and water-soluble fertilizers Scissors or hand pruners Seasonal flowering and foliage plants Chicken wire and loose mulch.

Eco Lawn Care LLC
(269) 350-8782
913 N 30th St
Galesburg, MI

Data Provided by:
Showcase Gardens
(517) 279-9834
878 Marshall Rd
Coldwater, MI
Products / Services
Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Vegetables

Data Provided by:
Boehler's Greenhouse
(517) 792-2039
5080 Swan Creek Rd
Saginaw, MI
Products / Services
Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Greenhouse Growers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

Data Provided by:
Jack's Grhs
(616) 392-3427
11771 E Lakewood Blv
Holland, MI
Products / Services
Annuals

Data Provided by:
Weesies Brothers Garden Center
(231) 894-4742
10022 Walsh Rd
Montague, MI
Products / Services
Annuals

Data Provided by:
D & D Greenhouse
(269) 327-0338
326 Schuring Rd
Portage, MI

Data Provided by:
Schwartz Retail
(734) 753-9269
30705 Sibley
Romulus, MI
Products / Services
Annuals

Data Provided by:
Dixboro General Store
(734) 663-5558
5206 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI

Data Provided by:
Windscapes Inc.
(616) 896-2000
2900 144th Street
Burnips, MI
Products / Services
Groundcovers, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs, Trees

Data Provided by:
Todd's Garden
(517) 424-8500
509 S Maumee St
Tecumseh, MI
Products / Services
Annuals

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Maintaining Container Gardens

These simple maintenance tasks keep your patio planters and window boxes looking their best throughout the growing season and help cold-climate gardeners prepare for winter.

Tools and Materials

  • Planted containers
  • Water source, hose or watering can
  • Slow-release and water-soluble fertilizers
  • Scissors or hand pruners
  • Seasonal flowering and foliage plants
  • Chicken wire and loose mulch, optional

Water frequently. Closely spaced plants packed into a small volume of soil need watering as often as once or twice a day, especially in hot, sunny, dry weather. When you water, be sure to saturate all the soil in the pot-not just around the edges. Pots that dry out too quickly may have more plants in them than the soil can support. Remove some plants, prune them back, or move the pot to a less sunny location.

Fertilize regularly. Rapidly growing plants need plenty of nutrients. Frequent watering and the limited amount of soil in container gardens makes the need for fertilizer critical. Mix slow-release fertilizer pellets into the potting soil, according to package instructions. Add additional nutrients throughout the growing season by dissolving a water-soluble fertilizer in the watering can once every week or two. Use a one-half to one-quarter strength dilution, or follow package instructions.

Groom and remove dead flowers. Keep plants looking lush and full by pruning leggy stems back to buds or branches and removing off-colored and damaged foliage. Many plants continue to produce new flowers if you remove the spent blooms before they set seeds. Pinch the flower stems back to just above a leaf or bud.

Change plants seasonally. When the plants begin to look tired and past their prime, pull them out and replace them with fresh plants. You can keep your container current with seasonal themes by growing a succession of plants, such as bulbs and primroses in the spring, annuals and vegetables in the summer, and colorful kale and pansies in autumn.

Prepare for winter. In cold-winter climates, containers and their contents need protection from freezing temperatures. Even hardy perennials, trees, and shrubs cannot tolerate completely frozen roots. Terra cotta and ceramic pots may crack if left outside to freeze. Empty their contents into the compost pile and store the dry pots in a protected garage or cellar. Wrap chicken wire around the pots of small trees and shrubs and stuff with loose mulch, such as straw. Store in an unheated but not freezing garage or basement for the winter.

Tips

Reduce watering chores by choosing light-colored, non-porous containers such as plastic or glazed pottery. Protect pots from full sun and wind.

Rotate containers to encourage plants on all sides to grow evenly. Plants on the shady side tend to get leggy as they stretch for the sun.

Photography by Suzanne DeJohn/National Gardening Association

Click here to read more from Garden.org