Mulch Your Spring Bulbs In The Fall For A Beautiful Spring Display

 


Article by: Michael J. McGroarty

Flower bulbs , Patio Canopies: Protecting Your Patio From The Elements need a good, long, winters , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 10) Nutrients sleep. Like some people we know, if they wake up before they are fully rested, they get kind of cranky, and then they don't bloom well at all.

Actually what happens is during a mild winter, , How To Use Feng Shui Oustside Your Home the soil , Spring Planting Tips stays too warm, and the bulbs , BBQ Food is the Mental Cue that Summer is Here begin to come out of dormancy early. They start to grow, , How to Choose a Fountain Pump and once the tips , Balcony, Patio, and Courtyard Gardening emerge above the soil , How to Start Your Lawn by Seeding or Sod line, they are subject to freezing if the temperatures , How To Use Feng Shui Oustside Your Home dip back down below freezing. And that's usually what happens. After the bulbs , Easy Tips For Planting Garden s have emerged, they freeze and then don't bloom at all, or if they do it's a very sad display.

Another reason this happens is because the bulbs , Using Plants To Make Us Happier are not planted deep enough. They may have been deep enough when you planted them, but as the soil , African Violet Care goes through the freezing and thawing process, the bulbs , Time for a Flower Garden Tune-Up can actually work their way up in the ground.

One way to keep your flower , Bonsai Plant Care: What You Need to Know bulbs sleeping longer, which will protect them from freezing, is to mulch the bed. , Enhance Your Walk-Through Garden with Wind Chimes In the fall , Easy Tips For Planting Garden Bulbs just apply a 3-4"¬Ě layer of well composted mulch. This layer of mulch will do a couple of things. It will maintain a higher moisture , Lawn Care Information content in the soil, , How to Start Your Lawn by Seeding or Sod which is good, as long as the soil , Using Plants To Make Us Happier isn't too soggy. Well composted mulch also adds valuable organic , Moss on Lawns matter to the planting bed. , Home Landscaping Etiquette Organic , Planting Flower Bulbs for Springtime Blooms matter makes a great natural , Harvesting Herbs fertilizer.

A 3-4"¬Ě layer of mulch also acts as an insulator. It will keep the soil , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plant's Best Friend from freezing for a while, which is good because you don't want the bulbs , Ultra Violet Pond Filter going through a series of short cycles of freezing and thawing. Then when the temperatures , Planting Flower Bulbs for Springtime Blooms drop below freezing and stay there for a while, the soil , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plant's Best Friend does eventually freeze. Then the mulch actually works in reverse and keeps the soil , Controlling Aphids from thawing out too early. Keeping it in a frozen state is actually good because the bulbs , BBQ Food is the Mental Cue that Summer is Here remain dormant for a longer period of time.

When they finally do wake up it is spring , Flowers Ė One of Life's Small Pleasures time, and hopefully by the time they emerge from the ground the danger of a hard freeze is past and they will not be damaged. If you can keep them from freezing, they will flower , Starting A Container Garden beautifully. The extra organic , How to Start Your Lawn by Seeding or Sod matter will help to nourish the bulbs , Vegetable Garden Layout when they are done blooming, and the cycle starts all over again.

We also plant , Lawn Care Information annual flowers , How To Use Feng Shui Oustside Your Home in the same beds , Lawn Care Information with our spring , Decorative Garden Accents bulbs. By the time the danger of frost is past and it's time to plant , Is it Really Teak Wood? Caveat Emptor! (Part One) the annuals, , Spring Planting Tips the top of the bulbs , Gardening - When to Prune have died back and are ready to be removed. The mulch that is added in the fall , Easy Tips For Planting Garden Bulbs also helps to nourish the annual flowers, , Easiest Homemade Hydroponics System as well as improve the soil , Planting Roses permanently.

Anytime you add well composted organic , Vegetable Garden Layout matter to your planting beds, , Metal Garden Benches you are bound to realize multiple benefits. The key words here are "well composted". Fresh material is not good.
About The Author

Michael J. McGroarty is the author of the popular gardening , Using Plants To Make Us Happier book "Free Landscape , Cold Frame Greenhouse - Maximize The Natural Warmth Of The Sun Plants!" as well as the owner and author of the gardening , Home Landscaping Etiquette website http://www.freeplants.com Visit the website and sign up for his free gardening , Garden Pond Liners newsletter, and learn how to , Home Landscaping Etiquette start your own money making backyard , Enhance Your Walk-Through Garden with Wind Chimes nursery on 1/20 acre or less.

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