Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner originally from Holland plant authentic Dutch bulbs
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Time: 2 hours
Cost: $50 and Up
Skill Level: Beginner
Tools List for Planting Bulbs:
1. In order to get spring flowers, bulbs must be planted in the fall and overwinter.
2. Select varieties that will offer a sequence of blooms throughout the spring season. Avoid tulips in areas with deer.
3. Layout bulbs around existing plants.
4. Use a hand trowel for planting in small areas. Dig a hole that’s 2.5-3x the height of the bulb.
5. Add super phosphate fertilizer and starter fertilizer to the backfill.
6. Group multiple bulbs in a hole for a fuller effect.
7. For new planting beds, remove mulch using a steel rake, then excavate using shovels.
Roger recommends using super-phosphate fertilizer when planting bulbs instead of bone meal to discourage squirrel activity. It can be purchased in a garden center.
Expert assistance with this project was provided by Dale Design, Inc (http://www.ddaledesign.com/)
The flower bulbs and additional footage of bulbs in flower were provided by ColorBlends (http://www.colorblends.com/) and included the following varieties:
Glory of the Snow
Daffodil Gold Shoulder
Daffodil Golden Echo
Daffodil Radar Love
Daffodil Baby Boomer
Daffodil W.P. Milner
Daffodil Pink Charm
Daffodil Poeticus Recurvus
Daffodil Jack Goldsmith
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