Picture-Perfect Azaleas

February 17, 2010

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Azalea in Bloom at Honor Heights Park.

For spectacular color, add azaleas to your outdoor landscape. One of the main causes of death for azaleas is improper planting, so follow these tips for better results.

• Locate plants on a shaded location in the north, east or northwest side of a building – and a location sheltered from winter sun and winds.

• Thoroughly work the soil bed, and add peat moss and compost.

• Set the plant slightly higher than ground level, keeping 1/3 of the plant above ground. This prevents it from sitting in too much water.

Source: University of Illinois Extension

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