William Moss: Plant bulbs now pays big dividends comes spring. Today we are talking spring bulbs. Tulips, hyacinths, crocus, scilla are among the first plants to broom in the spring. Their bright colors cheer us after long dreary winters.
Some of the biggest and best bulbs also wildlife resistant, daffodils and alliums or flowering onions are easy, reliable and not eaten by 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 a formal look or just scatter them in for a more naturalistic effect.
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Large wholes also make it easy to interplant some of the smaller bulbs, which are big bulbs in fill in about half way with soil to about four inches, the you put down your smaller bulb 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 and establish gardens as well. Just drill to hold down about 8 inches deep for the biggest bulb, place the bulb in and then back fill.
Plan for a glorious spring now by planting some bulbs this fall. Get out and grow.