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Spring Planting in Colorado

 

Spring Planting in Colorado

Spring planting in Colorado is a bit of a gamble. Even after several beautiful days of warm weather, there’s always a chance of a random blizzard in April or May. Given the unpredictable nature of Colorado weather patterns, you do not want to make the mistake of planting too early. Here are some tips for ensuring a beautiful blooming garden all season long:

Spring Bulbs

spring-tulipsMany flowers, such as tulips, daffodils and crocus, should  be planted in the fall in order to have beautiful blooms come spring. These hardier bulbs need a chilling period during the winter to activate their biological growth.   With a bit of work, these flowers can potentially come back year after year once planted (although some people do freshly re-plant their tulips each year).

If you did not get a chance to plant your tulips in the fall, no need to fret. Even if it is mid winter and you happen to have found a bag of bulbs you forgot to plant, check to make sure they are still firm and plump and if so, take a chance planting them (if the soil is not frozen). You may still get a few blooms nonetheless and it is better to try planting them than let them go completely to waste. Another option is to attempt to force-grow the blubs inside.

For the future, you know what you need to do for next year and in the meantime, there are many other flowering bulbs you can still plant and enjoy in the warmer months to come. Which leads us to….

Summer Bulbs

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Summer is the season of dahlias, caladiums and gladiolus. These are just a few of the stunning flowers you can look forward to in the warmer months ahead.

The summer bulb flowers are more fragile than the spring bulbs discussed above; therefore, they must not be planted until after the final freeze. However, you can begin shopping for your summer bulbs earlier in the spring to ensure a good selection. You can purchase them from local nurseries or order from gardening catalogs or online.

Once you receive your summer bulbs, be sure to store them in a cool, dry place to keep them from sprouting before planted. The recommended storage temperature is somewhere between 35° and 45° F for many summer bulbs; however this varies based on the bulb in question, so always check with your local nursery.

By mid May, you are probably safe to plant your summer bulbs. Make sure you prepare the soil by adding some fresh compost and then plan to fertilize the flower beds on a monthly basis thereafter once the sprouts begin forming.

At the end of the season, summer bulbs should be dug up and prepared for storage during the winter months. They will need to be stored in a cool, dry place, like a basement or a garage. As long as they are still healthy, they can be replanted the next spring.

As you can see, when it comes to spring planting, there is a lot to think about and prepare ahead of time. The experts at Detailed Landscape are happy to share our expertise on this topic with you. If you want a beautiful garden but do not have the time or desire to roll up your sleeves and dig into the dirt with your own two hands, we can make the magic happen for you. Get your landscape blooming this spring— give us a call today.