April showers bring May…tulips? The answer is yes! But only if you prepare your garden for them!
The best time to plant tulip bulbs is in the fall when the soil temperature drops down to around 55 degrees, ensuring that they have plenty of time to fertilize. Adding a layer of mulch to protect the bulbs from frost and the harsh winter weather is a great way to protect them so they have the best chance of blooming come spring!
After you’ve planted your bulbs and you see them starting to peek through the soil, make sure you take the proper precautions to make sure your tulips are protected and guaranteed to grow back in the future.
Protect them from hungry critters.
Tulips are one of the easiest flowers to care for and plant. But, they are also one of the tastiest to your garden visitors (rabbits, gophers, deer and squirrels.) Consider placing a mesh cage over your bulbs. The flowers will bloom around the mesh but the critters can’t get through. Another option is before planting your bulbs place a layer of gravel in the hole beforehand. Burrowing animals will dislike the texture of the soil and back out before they have a chance to snack!
Take the steps to encourage repeat blooming.
When you start to see your tulips blooming (the green tips peeking out of the soil) add a layer of bulb fertilizer to give them more nourishment. After they have fully bloomed cut the stem at about one inch and enjoy the beautiful spring colors. Leave the remainder of the plant to turn brown and die naturally to provide food for next year’s bloom.
Plant them with the right neighbors.
When planning out your garden you must have a plan of what flowers and plants grow best together. Even though tulips are very easy to care for, having the proper plants pals is a great way to ensure they keep coming back every year. Try adding pansies, peonies, phlox or grape hyacinths and plant then before your tulips are fully grown to make sure you have a full looking garden during blooming season.
Gardening doesn’t have to be difficult. Even if you don’t have a “green thumb”, you can still have a beautiful garden or landscape. With Keleny Top Soil’s products, even the worst gardener or landscaper can still have a beautiful yard. To see all of the products that Keleny has to offer, contact us today!