Determining the Amount of Sunlight on Your Flower Beds

Everyone who has ever worked in a garden or landscaped their yard knows that sunlight is an essential part of any vegetation growth. The rays of the sun are what drive the growth process encouraging the plans to make their own food out of air and water. But, too much sunlight can be unhealthy for your growth as well as it can dehydrate your soil. This is why it is important to make sure that your garden gets the right amount of sunlight in it to ensure healthy growth.

If you are planting a garden or flower bed to spruce up your home in a rundown neighborhood you need to plan carefully for the location of your flower bed and what you plant there. In order to do that you will need to figure out how much sunlight the potential area receives each day. Once you have that figured out you can either choose plants that require that amount or move your flower bed to another location for plants and flowers that have different needs.

Certain plants like grass, flowers, roses, trees with needles, and some fruits and vegetables will often thrive when the sun is bright. A good rule of thumb is to allow six to eight hours of sunlight a day minimum for these types of vegetation. For plants that are perennials or shrubs they will need to have this minimum amount of sunlight even in the months that have shorter days in the spring and fall.

When you determine how much sun your flower bed will see each day you will need to consider its surroundings. Take note of any trees or buildings that are located in the surrounding area and determine if they are located to the east or west of the garden. Gardens with eastern sun exposure benefit from the morning sun and then are in the shade in the afternoon. They are best suited for plants that are more delicate as the morning sun is not as intense. This is especially true for southern climates that experience a lot of heat in the summer time.

Gardens that have a western sunlight exposure get the bulk of their sunlight from the hot afternoon sun. Stay away from planting sensitive or young plans in this type of garden as they fill find it difficult to thrive. But, the western side of a building is perfect for those plans that can't seem to get enough sun. They will definitely thrive there.

The types of plants that do well in a western exposure or sunny garden are annual plants like marigolds, and zinnias. Also, trees like firs, pines, boxwoods, junipers, and spruces do well in this environment. If you intend to grow herbs when you will want to consider basil, rosemary, sage, and thyme as good sun options. There are some perennials that do well in a lot of sun like chrysanthemums, Shasta daisies, and coneflowers.

A very important part of maintaining a healthy garden after determining the amount of sunlight on your flower beds, is to ensure that the area is well hydrated. You can install a sprinkler system that keeps the area well hydrated or you can do it manually. But, whatever you do, make sure you water your flower beds regularly to keep them healthy. And, since you are going to be watering the area around your home often, make sure that you have flood coverage on your homeowners insurance. If not, you could be unprotected if have an accident where you over water and it causes water to flood into your home and damage your property.

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