Spring for Bulbs

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Make plans now for the garden color that you’ll be happy to see in the spring.

Ahhhh … fall is finally here. Crisp air fills the mornings even though the days are still quite warm. Leaves are starting to turn in the high country and soon, even the Front Range will be awash in rich autumn colors. Of course, this is all leads to dreaming of vibrant spreads of brightly colored blooms, right? Before you ease into pumpkin spice everything, make plans now for the spring color that you’ll be so happy to see in the spring!

Many colorful blooming flowers require months of root growth to produce blooms when the weather warms up again. In the fall, the soil is usually still warm and easy to work with.  Tulips, daffodils and crocus bulbs, to name just a few options, must be planted before the ground freezes. Bulbs need a number of days below a certain temperature, which varies depending on the bulb variety. Come spring when the temperature rises again, a chemical reaction is triggered in the bulb that makes it grow and flower. So, it is critical for bulbs to establish their root systems before the necessary chilling process is underway.

Expert planning makes the difference

Getting great results from bulbs involves several important factors. Choosing quality bulbs, selecting the right varieties, varying your bloom time, planting in well-drained soil in a location with proper sunlight and other efforts can help ensure a successful garden and a beautiful landscape. The Lifescape team of experts can help make sure that your gardens are planned and planted for the best possible results.

Use a quality soil and properly water your bulbs

Healthy bulbs are most successful when paired with healthy soil.  You can improve your soil with compost and other organic matter to develop a rich environment that is conducive to healthy plant growth. Your bulbs will also require water, so if it’s a dry winter or early spring, hand water your planting beds while your irrigation system is winterized.

Top five bulbs for Colorado’s climate:

  1. Tulips: The epitome of spring, these flowers are large, showy and are available in every color and size imaginable.
  2. Daffodils: These fall-planted bulbs will produce trumpet-shaped centers surrounded by petals in a vibrant yellow or white.
  3. Hyacinths: Known for being one of the easiest spring bulbs to create clusters of color and for being very fragrant, there are many varieties available in purples, pinks, whites and yellows.
  4. Crocus: These hardy yet small flowers help provide late winter and very early spring garden color, but they also naturalize, which means they are likely to come back each year.
  5. Allium: Also known as “ornamental onion,” the spherical shape and dramatic heights are an eye-catching treat late spring/early summer.

Knowledgeable gardeners, like the experts at Lifescape, know exactly when, where and how to plant bulbs of different varieties to ensure that they bloom throughout the season.

Contact Lifescape today to prep your garden for big spring color!