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  1. I would take note of, if they are annuals, biennials, or perennials. If they are annuals whether they self seed for next year, or if you have to dry them and collect them. Bulbs and other types, may have to be dug up. They also have to be in the right sunlight, location, and co-exist with the surrounding other plants. For instance, sunflowers can't be grown near some food producing plants. If you are not sure about a flower, before you transplant them, take into consideration, they go into shock. So, the more you know about a particular plant, the better.

  2. An organic mulch (such as bark chips, nut hulls, or compost) is one of the best and easiest ways to maintain a flower garden as it deters weeds, moderates soil temperatures, keeps soil moisture more even, and adds organic matter back to the soil. Be sure to renew/replenish the compost each spring.

    Outside of regular water and fertilizing as needed, additional maintenance items include deadheading faded flowers during the growing season, which is removing the faded or spent blooms. This not only keeps the garden looking it's best, it also keeps the flowers performing their best with bigger and more blooms. Survey your plants regularly to check for pest or disease issues, and remove any dead or diseased foliage. (Dispose of dead plant parts in the compost; diseased foliage should always go in the trash.)

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