A Carpet of Fallen Flowers: Backyard Garden

What do you do when faced with a carpet of fallen flowers? Do you like the colorful carpet they create or do you rush to rake them up in your backyard garden?

A carpet of fallen flowers in the backyard garden.

Palo verde trees in full bloom in a southwestern landscape.

Springtime brings flowers, which eventually fall to the ground.  I find that gardeners have two different reactions to the sight of fallen flowers.

The first type sees them as a beautifully, colored carpet covering the landscape.

The second type of gardener who sees fallen flowers may see them as messy and feels a strong compulsion to reach for their rake and broom.

Palo Verde flowers ground

For those gardeners enjoy the beauty of fallen flowers – they tend to react in two different ways – allow the flowers to remain and act as a mulch for the plants, or leave the flowers alone until they begin to turn brown before cleaning them up.

Gardeners who view fallen flowers as a mess to be cleaned up will clean up the flowers as soon as they can get their hands on a rake or leaf blower.  Or, if they are lucky, a strong wind will come through blowing all the fallen flowers away.

Whichever category you fall into – use can add the fallen flowers to your compost pile or spread them where they can’t be seen such as underneath a shrub to act as mulch.  As the flowers breakdown, they add organic matter to the soil.

**SO WHICH TYPE OF GARDENER ARE YOU WHEN YOU’RE FACED WITH FALLEN FLOWERS IN YOUR BACKYARD GARDEN?  SHARE YOUR ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.

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