With the end of summer comes the change in seasons and the change in our outdoor flowers. You can still have a nice looking yard without the beautiful colored blooms by simply deadhead annual and perennial flowers. Deadheading is the process of removing the dead flower from the stems of annual or perennial flowers. To deadhead annual and perennial flowers, you simple cut or pinch the dead bloom off the stem and help the plant and garden area look clean. A clean yard is still a nice yard. Deadheading can also help the flowers show regrowth on the plant preserving the overall bloom period of the plant and thus keeping your yard blooming longer.
Once the blooms on flowers start to curl, brown and dry out, it is best to deadhead all annual and perennial plants. Annual and perennial plants are those plants that flower once a year and only one time (annual) or each year (perennial). This is essentially a process of cutting off the dried out bloom. Being outside, deadheading your flowers is a great time to get some vitamin D from the sun (remember your sunscreen), get a little exercise and include the family for some outdoor bonding time while also checking off a home maintenance task.
How to deadhead annual and perennial flowers
Using a pair of hand shears, you should cut off the stems of flowers that are dried out and dead. This will make the flowers that are still in bloom look better, and give the plant more energy for the blooming flowers. If you are deadheading plants with thorns like roses, make sure you have a pair of gloves ready to avoid any cuts on your hands and arms. To learn more about deadheading, take a look at the following video.