Fall Bulb Planting Tips from Your Favorite Newton Landscaper

Posted on October 11, 2019

The cold air of fall often has homeowners thinking about wrapping things up for the winter. However, your favorite landscaper in Newton, Cataldo Landscaping, is here to change your mind! Fall is actually the best time to bring out those shovels and start planning your spring gardens. If you’ve been considering redesigning your home or business landscaping, now is the time to get a jump start with fall bulb planting. This guide will provide you the fundamentals to ensure a healthy spring season.


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Choose high-quality bulbs

To ensure a healthy spring crop, it’s crucial to select quality bulbs. Often, retails will display bulbs for sale that are old, haven’t been properly maintained, or an inferior species of the plant. By making your selection from a reputable company or local greenhouse, you can be confident your efforts will bloom in the spring. Keep in mind, the bigger the bulb, the more likely they are to bloom.


Timing is everything

Fall is a general term spanning across several months. When it concerns planting bulbs, certain times during the fall are better than others for specific bulbs. What you need to consider is when the flower should bloom. For example, the months of September and October when the soil has cooled is the perfect time to plant early spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips.


Choosing the ideal location

Although you may have that empty space in the corner of your landscaping, it may not be the ideal location for bulbs. Most bulbs will require at least six to eight hours of full sun per day. The soil you’re digging can also play a significant factor in the growth of your flowers. Most bulbs thrive in well-drained soil that has been thoroughly mixed with high-quality compost.


Right side up

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when planting bulbs is putting them into the ground in the wrong direction. Yes, direction matters. If you’re planting bulbs, be sure the pointed end faces up. If you’re not sure which side should go up, look for roots. As with any plant or shrub, roots are planted facing towards the earth.


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For more ideas on landscape design, contact your favorite landscaper in Newton, Cataldo Landscaping. Owner, Jerry Cataldo will provide the personal touch your landscaping needs to ensure the perfect plan and execution. For more information call our team today at 781.304.8900