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As summer gives way to the golden embrace of fall, it’s time for bulb lovers to turn their attention to spring blossoms. The key to a thriving garden lies not just in the choice of blooms but also in selecting low-maintenance plants. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a novice looking to add bursts of colour to your landscape, this will walk you through the essentials of planting bulbs in Ontario

Timing is Everything:

Timing plays a crucial role in the success of your bulb garden. In Ontario, where the climate varies from zone to zone, understanding your local hardiness zone is key. Generally, the fall season is the ideal time to plant bulbs, usually from late September to early November. This timing allows the bulbs to establish roots before the winter freeze, ensuring a strong foundation for spring growth

Preparing the Soil:

Before planting, ensure your soil is well-drained and enriched with organic matter. Bulbs generally prefer a slightly acidic to neutral pH. If your soil is heavy clay, consider adding sand or organic material to improve drainage.

Protecting Your Investment:

Once planted, protect your bulbs from hungry critters like squirrels by covering the area with a layer of mulch. This not only deters pests but also helps retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

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Tulips: These iconic spring flowers come in a wide array of colours and varieties. Plant tulip bulbs a depth of 6 to 8 inches, with a spacing of about 4 to 6 inches.

Daffodils: With their vibrant yellow hues, daffodils are a symbol of spring. Plant them at a depth of 6 inches, keeping a spacing of 4 to 6 inches between bulbs.

Crocus: For an early burst of colour, consider planting crocus bulbs. The should be planted at a depth of 3 to 4 inches, with a spacing of 2 to 3 inches.

Alliums: These ornamental onions add a unique touch to your garden. Plant them at a depth of 6 to 8 inches, with a spacing of 6 to 8 inches.

Hyacinths: Known for their fragrant blooms, hyacinths thrive in well-drained soil. Plant them at a depth of 6 inches, with a spacing of 4 to 6 inches.

Digging the Hole: Use a trowel or bulb planter to dig a hole of the appropriate depth for the specific bulb you are planting.

Spacing: Follow the recommended spacing guidelines for each type of bulb. Proper spacing allows for better air circulation, reducing the risk of diseases.

Positioning: Place the bulbs with the pointed end facing up. This is where the shoot will emerge.

Covering: Gently cover the bulbs with soil, patting it down to remove air pockets.

Once planted, protect your bulbs from hungry critters like squirrels by covering the area with a layer of mulch. This not only deters pests but also helps retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Yellow tulips in front of blue sky

Planting Bulbs in Ontario

Planting bulbs in Ontario can turn your garden into a vibrant canvas of colours come spring. By understanding the right timing, choosing suitable varieties, and following proper planting techniques, you can enjoy a spectacular display of flowers that will brighten up your outdoor space. So, roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty or call on our team to let the beauty of bulbs inspire your garden.

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