Simple Tips To Protect Spring Bulbs

Planting bulbs this fall will lead to stunning spring flowers. Unfortunately, when it comes to planting spring flowering bulbs animals look at your garden as a meal. Tulip and Crocus bulbs are the animals favorite. Use the three tips below to help keep animals out of your garden. If you remember these tips this fall while planting your flower bulbs you should have a garden free of unwanted guests.

TIP 1: Plant Fritillaria Bulbs To Protect Spring Bulbs

Plant Fritillaria bulbs with Tulip and Crocus bulbs. Animals actually do not like the smell of fritillaria and will stay away. Easy to grow in moist well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Uniquely scented to help you keep animals away from the garden. If you are not familiar with Fritillaria,  it has a unique appeal due to the delicate shapes and unusual shades of their flowers. These downward-facing blossoms are bell-like, saucer-like, or tubular, some with leafy tufts. It is available in a multitude of colors.    

TIP 2: Plant Bulbs Animals Do Not Eat

Plant flower bulbs that animals do not like to eat. There are many to choose from, but the most popular ones are Alliums, Daffodils and Hyacinths.  

TIP 3: Clean Your Planting Area

Clean up your area after you are done planting. Animals like the smell of things like bulb bags and bulb skins, so clean up the area and you will be critter free. This should be a no-brainer. It is never a good idea to leave plant debris around as it encourages diseases and pests, and in this case, even larger animals.

Tip 4: Use Repellents To Protect Spring Bulbs

 Use repellents as the bulbs emerge from the ground. Blood meal is a good repellent for smaller rodents. Another benefit of blood meal is that it adds nutrients to the soil. There are also many chemical versions of predator urine that are available on the market. These chemicals scare off most rodents. Any repellent that is used must be re-applied periodically. Special thanks to Netherland Bulb Company for providing this content.

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