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Low-Maintenance wild flowers are a welcome addition to any yard

The Union photoMaintaining a wild flower garden is as easy as creating it.
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If you love the look of flowers but hate the thought of planting them year after year, wild flowers are the answer for you.

The bright colors and heartiness of perennial wild flowers make them a welcome addition to any yard. Wild flowers are not only beautiful but economical too. Once you plant these low-maintenance flowers, they’ll continue to dazzle for years.

Getting wild flowers started in your yard is not difficult. First, determine where your planting site will be. Be sure to choose an area that offers good soil, sunlight and water. With those three elements, wild flowers will thrive.

Next, prepare the soil by clearing it of grass and weeds. That way your wild flowers will not have to compete for nutrients, water or sunlight.

Finally, shake Amturf Flower Mix over the planting area and water. It comes in a 3-pound jug of wild flower seeds, fertilizer and mulch that will cover 50 square feet. Mix the spread over your planting area and you are done.

Be especially diligent about watering those first few weeks, as seedlings need to stay moist. The seeds will begin to germinate in as few as 10 days.

Amturf offers nine wild flower mixes. The flower types were carefully selected based on the fact they will grow in almost any zone and soil type. The mixes are red, white and blue; alyssum wild flower; butterfly and hummingbird;daisy; impatiens; poppy; wild flower shade; wild flower sun/shade; and zinnia.

Maintaining a wild flower garden is as easy as creating it. Once your wildflowers are blooming, continue to water and add push-in fertilizer spikes to them. The Jobe’s Spikes for Bulbs & Perennials contain a slow-release pre-measured formula that delivers the proper amount of nutrients to the plant’s roots, where they need it most.

To use the spikes, insert them just below the soil surface and water plants as necessary. Once the spikes are in, your flowers will stay fortified and protected.

Spring is the perfect time to get a wild flower garden going. Why not plant one this year? An easy-to-create, easy- to-maintain wild flower garden will make a great addition to flowerbeds, fields, hillsides and fence rows. You’ll love these low-maintenance flowers, and you’ll get to enjoy them again and again. To learn more about the spikes, call

(800) EASY-INC or visit http://www.easygardener.com.

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