October is the perfect month for planting flower bulbs that will beautify your spring garden. The ground is just the right temperature – not too hot and not too cold. Before you get your do-it-yourself garden work underway, however, here are a few pointers:

  • Scout spots to place the bulbs and imagine what the arrangement of colors, shapes and textures might be. Some people like neat rows of foliage; others appreciate seemingly random groupings of flowers and plants.
  • Be sure the area has moist but well-drained soil, and that it gets good direct sunlight. You might want to check out the distinct sun requirements of specific types of bulbs.
  • Invest in high-quality bulbs. Firm is better than squishy. And big is better than small. Also, don’t buy bulbs that have mold on them.
  • Bulbs usually come with planting instructions. Take a look at them in case there are particular suggestions for that type of bulb. As a rule, people recommend planting bulbs between two and three times deeper than the bulbs are long.
  • Consider planting bulbs in a clay pot instead of in the ground. Flowering bulbs can thrive in a container, and the pot can be placed on a porch or walkway.
  • Cover the soil in which the bulbs are lying with mulch, as protection against a local freeze.
  • Water as needed.

Daffodils, snowdrops, irises, scilla, crocuses and hyacinth are all spring bloomers. Colorful varieties are waiting to be mixed and matched in your garden.

Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team.