Get Your Yard Ready For Spring This Fall

27 January 2017
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If you want to have a yard this spring that is full of colorful flowers and blossoms, you should actually be doing work in your yard in the fall. Before the ground freezes is a great time to plant spring bulbs. Here is what you need to do to get plant bulbs in your yard and get it ready for spring.

What Bulbs To Purchase

The first thing that you need to do is purchase bulbs to plant in your yard. The most common types of bulbs to plant for spring flowers include tulips, snowdrops, hyacinths, and grape hyacinths. You should be able to purchase these types of bulbs at your local nursery or gardening center.

When To Plant Your Bulbs

You want to plant your bulbs before the ground freezes. Once the ground is frozen, it will be rather difficult for you to dig down and plant your bulbs. It is best to plant your bulbs before December rolls around, when the ground outside is much more likely to be frozen. Thanksgiving weekend is probably one of your last chances to get your bulbs in the ground before it gets all frozen up. Try to plant your bulbs during one of the warmer fall days so it will be easier for you to dig into the ground.

Where To Plant Your Bulbs

Bulbs are very versatile, and you can plant them just about anywhere on your property. The only place that you want to avoid is anywhere where the soil does not drain that well, such as near the water drains near your home or anywhere where the soil tends to be especially soft or where water tends to visible pool-up. Bulbs in wet areas could rot and most likely will not get the sunlight that they need to thrive and grow.

How To Plant Your Bulbs

Once you choose where to plant your bulbs, you are going to want to pull out any weeds in the area where you want to plant your bulbs. You are also going to want to remove any built-up leaves and rocks that are in the area as well.

Then, you are going to want to dig down to the depth indicated on the bulb packaging. Generally, small bulbs do not need to be planted as deep in the ground as larger bulbs do. You are going to want to place the large end of the bulb in the hole, with the pointed end going upward.

Once the bulbs are placed, put the soil back over them. Make sure the bulbs are covered but don't press down too hard or compact the soil too much. Then, water your bulbs and provide them with a little fertilizer to help the bulbs grow.

Now all you have to do is let the bulbs grow and enjoy the flowers when they come out of the ground. 

If you're unsure of where to plant bulbs to get the best spring results, contact a landscape designer to do the work for you.