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How to Plant a Bulb in Grass
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You can plant bulbs in grass and they will then increase and spread themselves. This is referred to as naturalising in gardening books. This workshop deals with planting individual bulbs - e.g. daffodils and tulips. Check out the bulbs you're thinking of planting before you buy. Bulbs planted in grass have to be left while their leaves die back after flowering. You have to leave the area of grass they're planted in until at least 4-5 weeks after flowering. This is a very informal style, and great for woodland areas.
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you will need
Bulbs; a bulb planter or hand trowel; an area of grass to plant them in; bonemeal. Optional: labels to mark which type of bulbs you have planted where.
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step1
First cut the grass as short as possible. Clean the bulbs, remove any outer loose layers and old roots. Take a handful of bulbs and scatter them over the ground which you intend to plant them in. You want them to look natural or random, but make sure they are at least a bulb's width apart.
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Lift each bulb in one hand and with your other hand, use a bulb planter to remove a small circular core of turf and earth. This should be 10-15cm deep, about the same as the height of the bulb planter.
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step3
Scatter a small amount of bonemeal into the hole, mixed with some of the soil from the core. Place the bulb in on top of this, with it's growing point at the top.
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step4
Take the small core of earth and break some of it up roughly, then push it down into the hole to cover the bulb.
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Replace the top part of the core with the turf topping and firm it back into the ground. Take care not to damage the tip of the bulb. Brush any gaps in the turf with loose soil. Label your bulbs with their type and variety, so you can identify them before and after they flower. This is useful if you think you will want to move the bulbs in the future.
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Lift a circle of turf where the bulbs are to go
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Make the planting hole and sprinkle with bonemeal
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Plant bulbs with growing tips uppermost and evenly spaced
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