When you are taking a drive through different communities or while going for a walk about, you will likely see bright bursts of colour that surface in early spring, maybe even poking through drifts of snow. If you have always wanted to achieve a design or even a little snap of colour in your own garden, now is the best time to plant these little beauties. After the long cold days of winter and by being buried in depths of snow, these bulbs will delight your landscape and create such a welcoming feeling of spring.
Whether you decide to plant the ever popular tulip or daffodil bulb, they will need to be planted at least 6 weeks before the ground freezes. You can plant bulbs just about anywhere the soil drains well and providing that ample light conditions are favorable. Dig the soil so that it is workable and loose. If you have clay type soil mix in a small amount of lightweight soil amendment such as peat moss. This will aid in proper drainage and provide better soil composition.
When deciding on a design or colour scheme for your bulb planting it is always most dramatic when bulbs are planted in masses where they can really display the colour giving you the curb appeal you are looking for. You can even plant smaller bulbs such as crocus or scilla in layers over top of daffodils, tulips or lilies.
When planting these bulbs of many different sizes, the easiest way to remember how deep to plant is to dig a hole that is 2-3x deeper then the bulb is tall if it was sitting upright in the bottom of the hole. There may be some exceptions, so check the veseys growing guide for a complete list of instructions just to be sure. If you are unsure of which end is up, its easy to just lay the bulb on its side and let nature flip it the right end up!
A fun way also to add a boost of colour to your landscape is to naturalize them right into your lawn. When we say naturalize we are referring to lifting the sod and placing the bulb right under it. Its just like sweeping dirt under a mat…so easy to do! Toss them by the handful and plant them where they land. Be sure to stamp the sod back in place, this will not damage the bulb. Bulbs best suited for this process are daffodils, crocus, squill, snow drops and early blooming miniature tulips. These bulbs will be done blooming just before you need to cut your lawn. Siberian squill, crocus and grape hyacinths are spectacular when blooming by the hundreds in early spring under trees, along flower garden borders, just anywhere!
If deer or other critters frequent your yard as well, plant bulbs that they don’t like such as daffodils, crown imperial, grapehyacinth, siberian, squill, allium, frittillaria, english blue bell, dog tooth violet’s, glory of the snow, winter aconite or snowdrops.
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A few hours on a beautiful cool autumn day can yield months of colorful excitement in your yard or garden next spring and you will be extremely glad that you took the time to plant. For more information on planting bulbs in the fall visit our website, www.veseys.com
Our hope is for you to enjoy the extended growing/planting success and creativity fall bulbs can offer.