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Tips for keeping your plants healthy and beautiful

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Many Chicago mothers received flowers and plants from their children for Mother's Day and spent the day taking advantage of the unwritten rule, "don't plant until Mother's Day."

Jim Lahey with Touch of Green in Homer Glen said it is important to prepare your soil before planting.

"Before you plant the flower, turn the soil over, mix it up and get some topsoil in there so the topsoil is all loose," Jim Lahey said.

He added you should add a natural fertilizer that is rich in iron and non-burning. That will help bring out the vibrant colors in the plants for over three months. He says you should also use your finger to mix up the soil about four inches down, that gives the roots a chance to get started.

It is wise to space your flowers about four to six inches apart.

Before you begin the watering process, you must make sure your plants are planted right.

"If they are not planted properly and you are watering, they will sit there and they will drown," Lahey said.

Gardeners are also told to water their flowers at least once a day. After a while, give them a chance to dry a bit and only water once every other day. Watering promotes growth, color and height.

Lahey says hanging plants are also great and easy to maintain. They are easy to plant, you do not need to take them out of the trays and put them in the ground. With hanging plants, you will want to put drainage holes in the basket so your plants do not drown.

Finally, if you know it is going to get below 40 degrees at night, be sure to cover your plants with a sheet. Watering your plants at night will also keep them insulated and protected from the cold.

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