Plant fall bulbs for spring garden splendourby Bradford Greenhouses | 200 days ago | 264 page views
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Daffodils, crocuses, tulips, hyacinths, oh my. To ensure your garden is blooming with spring flowering bulbs, you’ll need to plant them in the fall. From planting depth and fertilizing to keeping those pesky squirrels away, Barry of Bradford Greenhouses has some helpful tips that will help add beauty to your garden this spring.
Start by digging a hole six to eight inches with a trowel for your daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, but for crocuses, Barry recommends digging a hole two to three inches in depth. Next, sprinkle some bone meal into the hole. Bone meal acts as a fertilizer to help bulbs survive through the winter and gives them the nourishment they need in the spring to start sprouting.
Now you’re ready to plant. Plant your bulbs in odd numbers – five, seven or nine. Planting odd numbers will give you a better floral showing in the spring. Place your bulb root side down into the hole and then gently back fill the hole. To prevent the squirrels from digging up your precious bulbs, Barry recommends two products. Blood & Bone Meal is used as a deterrent because squirrels don’t like the smell. Simply sprinkle it over your freshly covered bulbs. The other product is Hen Manure, which also give off an odor that the rodents don’t like. Another solution is to use a plastic netting placed over the bulbs before you back fill the hole.
For more tips from the gardening experts at Bradford Greenhouses, visit bradfordgreenhouses.com.