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A colorful flower bed can boost the curb appeal of a home. It can also transform a backyard into a beautiful outdoor living space. These are some tips to help you plant a beautiful flower bed.
Choose the Flower Seeds
Choose the seeds for your flower bed. These annual flowers are among the easiest to grow from seeds: Poppies, Impatiens, Pansies, Sweet Peas, Geraniums, Marigolds, Sunflowers, Zinnias and Four O’Clocks.
Choose the Flower Bed Location
Measure the area for the flower bed. Choose a partially shaded area. Remove rocks, branches and debris in the area.
Read the Owner’s Manual for Your Honda Tiller
Read the safety and operating instructions for the Owner’s Manual for Your Honda Tiller. You should also wear boots or work shoes and protective eyewear when operating the tiller.
Cultivate Healthy Soil With A Tiller
Soil preparation is an important factor in having a healthy flower bed. If you create healthy soil, the flowers that grow in that soil will also be healthy. Prepare the soil for the seeds by tilling the soil down to 8 inches. Before tilling the soil, it must be dry enough and warm enough. Test the soil by picking up a handful of soil and squeezing it. If the ball of soil falls apart in your hands, then it is dry enough for tilling. Conduct a second test by sticking your finger a few inches down, in the soil. If you are unable to keep your finger in the soil for one minute, than the soil is not warm enough. The soil needs to be at least 60° F for tilling and planting. Go across the soil one row at a time, with the tiller, like you were mowing the lawn. Take your time tilling the soil. Do not go back over a row with the tiller because excessive tilling can compact the soil instead of breaking it up. Use a mix of organic compost and organic soil.
Plant the Seeds and Water the Flower Bed
Check the seed packets for instructions on how deep and how far apart to plant the seeds. Use a yardstick for precise measuring. Give the flower bed cohesion by echoing colors from the front to the back of the flower bed. Saturate each seed when you plant the seeds. This will increase the amount of water your flowers will retain while making it less likely that mold or mildew will form. It is best to water the flower bed early in the morning.
Honda wants to help you get the best results from your Honda Tiller. Check out the Honda Owner’s Manual before operating the Tiller for the first time. The Honda Owner’s Manual includes safety instructions, a check list before operating the tiller, maintenance schedule, parts, storage tips and warranty information.
American Honda Power Equipment Division, 4900 Marconi Dr. Alpharetta, GA 30005-8847, 770-497-6400 is here to answer your questions about a Tiller, servicing and maintenance.
Review for FG110 Honda Tiller
“My first Honda FG110 Tiller was purchased in 2000 and I was completely satisfied with the work you can do in flower beds and small veggie gardens. So I decided to purchase another one after the old one (18 years old) gave way.”