A big thank you to Pennington, for sponsoring this post and this giveaway! All opinions in this post are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.
I am looking at a gray Michigan sky, and a brown Michigan yard right now. The fabulous news is that yesterday’s rain washed out the LAST of all the snow around here, and today and tomorrow’s rain will really green things up quickly! And you know what they say about April showers… woohoo for May flowers!
I can’t wait to start my outdoor projects this spring. #1 on my to-do list is always to add some annuals. My favorite annuals are petunias! They are so bright and cheery. Take a look at last year’s pretties:
I like petunias because not only are they pretty, but they are also easy to care for. They should be planted in sun or partial shade, and they should be sheltered from the wind. They also don’t die when I forget to water them every day. Or every other day. Because yes, that happens. Petunias live pretty well on 2-3 waterings per week unless you’re in a dry area, or you are growing them in baskets. (In baskets, you have to compensate for the extra drainage and really should water them daily.)
As the old blooms die, they should be picked off. That encourages new blooms to grow. If you find that your plants are starting to look a bit scraggly, bite the bullet, and prune them back. It’s tough to do when your plant already looks sparse, but trimming petunias back and removing the spent blooms really makes them fuller and more beautiful – they will impress you in just a week or two. I also care for my petunias by fertilizing once a month, and I’m so excited to try Pennington‘s new Smart Feed Sprayer system on my flowers this year!
Pennington is already known for exceptional lawn and garden care products, and now they are aiming to make fertilizing easy for all of us gardeners with the launch of their Smart Feed Sprayer System. It makes fertilizing an easy spray – and well nourished plants and flowers of course give you bigger and better results every time. Check it out! (Note: Clicking the graphic below will show you an easy-to-read pdf version.)
The four-way adjustable sprayer just attaches to your regular garden hose. You just add the customized fertilizer tablets, and your plants get the exacts amount of nutrients they need. It simplifies plant feeding, and ensures that hearty plant growth. To use it, you twist off the clear sprayer canister, load one or two water-soluble fertilizer tablets into the sprayer, and spray your target area. Easy peasy!
There are three different formulas for whatever applications you need fertilizer for: All-Purpose; Tomato & Vegetable; and Flowers & Blooms. Pennington Smart Feed products are available at national home retailers and range from $9.99-$12.99.
Pennington would also like to give a Happy Hour Projects reader a boost on their spring garden with a giveaway for a $50 American Express gift card! Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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