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Fall Landscape & Garden Tips: Spring Flowering Bulbs

Bulbs

Landscapes and gardens require some end-of-season work to maintain health, aesthetic value and to prepare for next year’s growing season.

At FarmShop, the fall season in the field is focused on supporting ecosystem services such as mulching, plant replacements in the landscape, organic fertilization service, new design and installation projects and a lot of residential fall clean-ups before the holidays.

Fall is the time to find and plant garlic and your favorite spring flowering bulbs like Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, and Hyacinth.      

Some dedicated growers are changing the culture of the bulb business, raising synthetic fertilizer and pesticide free and/or certified organic bulbs for a growing market of conscious buyers.

When choosing bulbs, always look for the largest first. Bulbs grow their root systems throughout the fall and winter, preparing for strong spring flowering and a long flowering cycle in the garden. The best time to get these beauties in the soil is mid-late November, when soil temperatures are 40 to 50 degrees. The earlier the better so the plant has a longer period for root development. This is also true for garlic and we recommend sourcing high quality bulbs from our friends at Orie's Farm Fresh. Fall is also a good time to dig and divide existing flower bulbs in the garden. Simply dig a large clump from an existing bulb bed and sort them according to size. Flowers will be roughly the same size if the bulbs planted in a bed are comparable in size. In most cases, small bulbs are discarded and put into the compost bin as they rarely reach flowering size in time. Be sure to plant each bulb 2-3 times deeper than the bulb is tall. So most flowering bulbs are planted 5-8 inches deep from the base of the bulb. Also, plant your bulbs pointy side up and space them roughly the same distance apart as your planting hole depth, 5-8 inches. Amending your soil, fertilizing and planting comparable sized, quality bulbs in November will bring incredible color and flavor to the garden next spring.

Stay tuned for more fall landscape and garden tips. Please let us know how we can help. Request a Quote.

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