How to Keep Flowers From Spreading In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Flowers can easily get out of control in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Here's an easy way to keep them contained.

Being able to completely customize your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is part of what makes the game fun for a lot of players! Whether it be buying new furniture for your home or planting flowers outside of your house, customization is key! With that being said, if you’ve planted flowers outside of your home recently, you may have noticed that with enough water, they can begin to grow uncontrollably. So, in this guide we are going to tell you how to keep flowers from spreading in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – How to Keep Flowers from Spreading

If you’re trying to turn your rundown island into a 5-star location, then you know how important it is to keep your land from getting overrun with plants. If you recently planted some flowers to try and add some color to your island, you may have found that they’re quickly getting out of control. Thankfully, there is an easy way to keep flowers from spreading in New Horizons, and it only requires a few simple steps.

  1. Open your Nook Phone
  2. Select “Island Designer”
  3. Open the design palette
  4. Open the “Custom Design” section
  5. Navigate to the checkered (transparent) design 
  6. Place it on the island blocks that you’d like to keep flower free

As you can see in the steps above, to keep your island as pristine and neatly designed as possible, simply place a transparent block on any space that you don’t want a flower growing on and you’ll be good to go! If you prefer a more natural way, you can build contaminants, like a fence, around your flowers that will keep them from spreading as well. However, the island design method will likely be the easiest of them all.

Related: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Background Music Guide

Now that you know how to keep flowers from spreading in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can spend more time catching new bugs and fish to build out your collection or earn some extra Bells. If that’s not your jam, then there are plenty of events being added to the game on a regular basis that you can participate in.

If you’ve been away from the game for a while, Nintendo recently announced the first of two big summer updates that will bring new features into the game, like swimming and diving. With the update, players will be able to collect all kinds of new underwater creatures, interact with new NPCs, and more. If you need some help with catching creatures or simply want to know the latest on New Horizons, be sure to check our homepage on a regular basis as we are constantly putting out new articles focused on the game. In the links below, you’ll find some of our recent coverage.

Have you managed to keep flowers from spreading on your New Horizons island? If so, send us a picture on Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to see it!

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Andrew Smith is a Guides Writer at Prima Games. Previously he has worked with IGN, GameSpot, and a handful of other great outlets. When Andrew isn't writing up game guides, you kind find him playing single-player, narrative-driven games. Wanna say hi? You can email Andrew at [email protected]