December 16, 2017

More Tips For Planting Bulbs | Landscaping Supplies

Planting bulbs is a great way to achieve a beautiful garden and landscaping.  Fortunately, with a little research and some great advice from Vining Stone, planting bulbs this fall for a gorgeous spring garden will be easy as 1-2-3.  Last week we went over how to choose good bulbs, choosing a good spot to plant your bulbs, and choosing a time to plant bulbs.  To further assist you in achieving a successful garden, we have a few more tips to share with you.

1.    How deep should I plant them?  All of our research indicates that the best depth to plant bulbs is approximately 2-3 times deeper than the length of the bulb.  So if the bulb is 4 inches tall, dig a hole that is about 8-12 inches deep.  As with anything, there may be exceptions.  If the bulbs come with any instructions, check to see what it says about the recommended depth for that particular bulb.
2.    Which way do I plant them?  This is one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to bulbs.  Pointy side up or pointy side down?  If the bulb has a pointed end, then that side should be placed upwards.  If you do not see if pointy end, but see where roots are coming out, that side should be placed upwards.
3.    What kind of soil should I use?  Like any other plant, bulbs thrive the most in good quality, well-drained soil.  Combine with organic matter, aka compost, to give your bulbs the best chance of survival and a successful blooming.
4.    What about weeds?  More than just an unsightly nuisance, weeds can actually leech out vital nutrients that your bulbs need to thrive and grow.  They can also attract insects, other pests, and diseases. So needless to say, weeds have to go. A great and easy way to prevent weeds is to spread two to three inches of mulch over the soil.
5.    Do my bulbs need water?  Absolutely!  Like other growing things, bulbs need water to survive.  If you do not get 2 inches of precipitation a week, it would be a good idea to water your bulbs.  But as said before, there are always exceptions, so check the instructions that come with your bulbs for more information on watering that particular bulb.

We hope that these tips will be helpful to you as you begin to prepare for your spring garden.  For any other information on the landscaping supplies we carry, questions, or pricing – give us a call at 770-252-6336.