How to Make Sure Next Year's Bulbs Look Great

Written by Gene Caballero on October 06, 2015

Lawn Care vs. Bulb Care

KEEPING YOUR LAWN LOOKING BEAUTIFUL AND HEALTHY AT THE SAME TIME

I was speaking with a neighbor the other day. She was telling me about how her lawn was not as healthy as it could be. She told me that the flowers in her front garden bed were not producing anymore flowers; and yet, her back flowers were doing okay in this situation. She honestly did not know what to do about it.

She was shaking her head in puzzlement. The same day another neighbor came up to me with a different issue.

She told me that her front flowers in the bed were looking a bit sickly. These flowers had turned yellow. They looked God-awful. She did not know what to do either. She told me she was doing everything she could; and yet, the problem was happening.

I asked them both about the lawn care company they used. Both admitted that they didn't really pay that close attention to what was going on. I told my neighbors that the company probably used some sort of fertilizer, a fertilizer that was affecting the lawn and soil.

This very same day, a third neighbor came up to me and inquired about how to get better lawn care. I decided that instead of speaking to each one separately, I was going to do this as a three-in-one shot.

I gathered the three of them around. I then imparted some advice onto the three of them. This very same advice I am giving to you too, my dear friend.

LOOKING TO THE FALL

This might seem a bit strange; but, you need to start planning ahead for your lawn. In the summer time, look to what you are going to plant in the fall. Write it down. This way you will know exactly what you wish to get at to get.

It's best to do this during the hot months of the summer. Stay in doors and write it all down. There are going to be times of thunderstorms. Write down your plans then too. You are going to have rainy days in the fall. You might even have hot days in the fall. If you live down here in the south, like we do, this is an every day occurrence. Plan for these things. Look at what kind of bulbs you want. Look at what types of bulbs can take the heat and/or rain.


COMMUNICATION

This is one of the bigger ones. Always communicate your wants/needs to the company who takes care of your lawn and bulbs. When hiring a landscaping company in Clearwater, Florida or hiring a lawn mowing company in Florissant, Missouri, they might know you, but they do not "know" you. Always tell them specifically what you are after. The biggest mistake my one neighbor made was leaving and not saying anything. She told me she trusted him. That trust didn't take her very far. Do not make the same mistake.

It's possible to have a healthy, green lawn. It's also possible to have healthy, flourishing bulbs. You can also have both; but, you have to keep an open dialogue.

DISCOUNTS ARE GOOD

If you are anything like my three neighbors, you love discounts. There are lots of lawn companies who offer a five percent discount for buying early. If you buy your bulbs by July the first, you get the savings. If you buy it all on time, you get an extra five percent discount. This is a total savings of ten percent.

OTHER THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WITH YOUR BULB PLANTING

Alliums and Ornamental Onions are some of the best bulbs to plant in the fall. There are some Alliums that grow to the size of a volleyball. I am not kidding.
With these two bulbs, you will get your choice of color, flower size and height. It's truly remarkable how big and bright come of these bulbs get.

I hope this helps you out. My neighbors got better results after they saw this. Please let me know how things go. Share your story with me. I am always interested in how other members of the community are doing with their lawns and bulbs.

Until next time my friend...happy planting.

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