General Tips

  1. Flower bulbs make the most striking display if you plant them in large groups. A large clump of one color attracts more attention than if you plant just a few here and there.
  2. Making your own plant markers can be a beautiful way to add a personal touch to your bulb garden. Or buy ones made of wood, galvanized steel or terra cotta! Check out our video with ideas for making your own markers here (link to plant markers video)
  3. Mice can be difficult to ward off. Build a barrier using finely meshed netting or chicken wire laid around the border with the edges tucked into the soil. For other pest control ideas click here. (link to pest prevention section)
  4. A fertilizing program helps bulbs stay healthy after they bloom their first year. Add compost or manure to enrich the soil and organic supplements to nourish your bulbs.
  5. If fading foliage makes you want to tear your tulips (and your hair) out, don't! Try disguising the decaying leaves by interplanting annuals or perennials.
  6. Planting bulbs where water puddles is a sure way to have a disappointing spring. Hollows, low spots, under drain spouts and other soggy locations will cause bulbs to rot.

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