William Moss: Spring bulbs now pays big dividends comes spring. Today we are talking spring bulbs. Tulips, hyacinths, crocuses, scilla are among the first plants to broom in the Spring.
They are bright color cheers us after long dreary winters. Some of the biggest and best bulbs are also wild life resistant. Daffodils and alliums or flowering onions are easy, reliable and not eaten deer, rabbits or rodents.
Planning in mass makes for a spectacular spring show. You dig a whole or a trench about 8 inches deep and you can place the bulbs in for former look or just scatter them in for more naturalistic effect.
Large holes also make it easy to interplant some of the smaller bulbs, which are bulbs in fill in about half way with soil to about 4 inches, then you put down your smaller bulbs like your crocuses and your scillas, water well and then back fill everything completely.
When you're only planting a few bulbs you can use a drilling auger. Augers make it easy to plant in a established garden as well. Just drill to hold down about 8 inches deep for the biggest bulbs, place the bulb in and then back fill. Plant for a glorious spring now by planting some bulbs this fall. Get out and grow.