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16. Cold Weather and Bulbs
Your garden is susceptible too much of the cold weather when the winter weather comes. How will you protect your most prized perennials when the weather changes? Being prepared is the first step for a successful garden.
When I say being prepared in dealing with you perennial flower gardens I mean that you need to know what to do. One of the most important things you can do for your perennial garden is actually to do NOTHING! When you have bulbs in you garden, these bulbs are getting ready for winter. As the winter months approach the bulbs are going to do their business, and their flowers will die, and the bulbs will begin the process underground for the next spring.
After the winter months have started, and then you have a warm spell in the months of February or March you might find your daffodils or other bulbs trying to grow up out of the ground getting ready to bloom, donít worry Ė leaving these bulbs go will be fine. They will re bloom when the Ďrealí spring season comes around. You donít have to cover them or cut them off, they will follow the natural course and bloom when spring season comes along.
When the summer months are coming to a close and the fall months are getting colder, you can dig up and around in the garden patch where your flower bulbs are to see how many there are. If your bulbs multiply quickly, you may want to spread these bulbs out every year, or you could wait until every other year if the bulbs do no seem to be multiplying as fast. When you spread out the bulbs through the garden, the first spring flowers will be a great hit when the colors start to bloom.
Using bulbs in your flower garden or anywhere in your landscape is an easy way to garden and to expand your types of flowers that you grow. Bulbs need very little to no attention to continue growing from year to year. This is a choice method that many gardeners use to fill in their gardens during the early spring months. Many bulbs are planted in the fall for the spring viewing.
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