Mulch Your Spring Flower Bulbs in the Fall for a Beautiful Spring Display

 


Article by: Michael McGroarty

Flower bulbs , Tool Sheds need a good, long, winter's 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, , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region the soil , To Make Your Own Garden in a Pot stays too warm and the bulbs , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life begin to come out of dormancy early. They start to grow, , ing and Harvesting Rose Hips and once the tips , Design The Desert Landscape Of Your Dreams emerge above the soil , Outdoor Wood Furniture - Check the Method of Construction Before Buying line, they are subject to freezing if the temperatures , Lawn Mower Guide - How to Prepare your Lawn Mower for the Season dip back down below freezing. And that's usually what happens. After the bulbs , Abatement Failure and Aborting Protocols 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 , To Make Your Own Garden in a Pot are not planted deep enough. They may have been deep enough when you planted them, but as the soil , Making a New Lawn From Seed or Sod goes through the freezing and thawing process, the bulbs , Growing and Harvesting Rose Hips can actually work their way up in the ground. One way to keep your flower , Hummingbirds … Attracting Those Little Flying Powerhouses bulbs sleeping longer, which will protect them from freezing, is to mulch the bed. , Design The Desert Landscape Of Your Dreams

In the fall , Outdoor Wood Furniture - Check the Method of Construction Before Buying just apply a 3-4"Ā¯ layer of well composted mulch. This layer of mulch will do a couple of things. It will maintain a higher moisture , Growing Tomatoes – A Hobby for Everyone content in the soil, , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life which is good as long as the soil , Basil: The King of Herbs isn't too soggy. Well composted mulch also adds valuable organic , How to Grow Roses matter to the planting bed. , Birdhouses Organic , Taming Your Outdoors matter makes a great natural , Waterwise Xeriscaping for an Extraordinary Spring Garden fertilizer.

A 3-4"Ā¯ layer of mulch also acts as an insulator. It will keep the soil , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully from freezing for a while, which is good because you don't want the bulbs , Choosing the Proper Pond Pump going through a series of short cycles of freezing and thawing. Then when the temperatures , Our History with Blueberries - Reviving Their Home-Grown and Local Farm Status drop below freezing and stay there for a while, the soil , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 1 does eventually freeze. Then the mulch actually works in reverse and keeps the soil , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region from thawing out too early. Keeping it in a frozen state is actually good because the bulbs , Growing Tomatoes – A Hobby for Everyone remain dormant for a longer period of time.

When they finally do wake up it is spring , Taming Your Outdoors 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 , Tuberous Begonias beautifully. The extra organic , Taming Your Outdoors matter will help to nourish the bulbs , Our History with Blueberries - Reviving Their Home-Grown and Local Farm Status when they are done blooming, and the cycle starts all over again.

We also plant , Making a New Lawn From Seed or Sod annual flowers , Making a New Lawn From Seed or Sod in the same beds , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life with our spring , Corylopsis (Winterhazel) - Spicata bulbs. By the time the danger of frost is past and it's time to plant , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond the annuals, , How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard Paradise For Less Than $100 the top of the bulbs , How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard Paradise For Less Than $100 have died back and are ready to be removed. The mulch that is added in the fall , Outdoor Accessories: Fashion that Goes Beyond Furniture also helps to nourish the annual flowers, , Growing in My Garden as well as improve the soil , Wooden You Like to Know? A Primer to Wood Outdoor Furnishings permanently. Any time you add well composted organic , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond matter to your planting beds, , Design The Desert Landscape Of Your Dreams you are bound to realize multiple benefits. The key words here are "well composted"Ā¯. Fresh material is not good.

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