WORKING in your garden can be bittersweet: months of hard work lead to only weeks of blooms, and once flowers begin to wilt, they die off quickly.
But there's a hack that will revitalize your garden and keep blooms brilliant that takes only seconds to do.
Deadheading flowers might sound counterintuitive at first since you're removing the most dazzling part of the plant.
But actually, you'll be preserving the other blossoms that are still blooming, according to HowStuffWorks.
You should remove a flower from the plant once it starts to fade, a sure sign that the blossom is dying off.
That allows other, living blossoms to flourish and extends the life of your plants.
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The plant will no longer develop seeds or fruit on the stem you deadheaded, which means that other, living flowers will continue to thrive.
It might even encourage the plant to produce more flowers.
Not all flowers will see new blossoms after deadheading, since some plants only bloom once per season, but both annuals and perennials can benefit from the practice.
The trick only takes seconds. Delicate flowers can be deadheaded in a pinch – literally.
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Just use your fingers to snap the stem of a spent bloom, making sure the flower is completely detached.
Hardier, tough-stemmed plants can be deadheaded with garden shears.
You can also deadhead a large swath of plants using a weedeater.
"Remove the spent blossom as close to the larger main stem as possible because this helps you avoid leaving behind unattractive and flowerless stems," advised Erinn Witz, co-founder of Seedsandspades.com.
"What you want is a clean break in the stem, not a break from a pulling or twisting motion."
You can begin deadheading in early spring, as soon as your blossoms start to fade.
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Then, repeat the process throughout the week as you work in the garden.
You can extend the life of your plants through the fall this way, and leave less work for yourself at the end of the season.
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