Tips on Planting Fall Bulbs

You’ve made the decision to add spring bulbs to your garden. Now you need to choose the best location for them. The area should receive full sun for at least six to eight hours a day. This location should also be well-drained. If you notice standing water in the area after a rainstorm, it is not an ideal location. Too much moisture can lead to bulb rot.


Adding a little bit of compost to the soil will improve your chances for a dazzling display. A layer of compost about an inch thick spread over the top of the soil should be sufficient. Turn the soil over with a shovel to incorporate the compost into the soil. This helps move the organic matter into the root zone of the bulb and will make your planting easier.

Ideally, you should place your bulbs about 6 inches apart. If you’re looking for a lush display, you can plant 4 inches apart. The rule of thumb for planting depth is twice the height of the bulb. Tulips are generally planted 6 inches deep and daffodils are planted about 8 inches deep.

Once your planting is complete, lightly water the area to help settle the soil and provide immediate moisture to the bulbs. If you have a problem with pests digging in your garden, you can place deer netting over the planted area. Sod staples will hold the netting in place, and their black color makes them almost invisible. A light layer of leaf mulch provides a neater appearance, as well as additional protection since most animals are deterred by the smell.


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