Despite the cold weather, November is the time to get the garden ready for the new year by planting spring bulbs.

When choosing bulbs avoid any that are damaged or feel soft. Instead select firm and plump bulbs as these will give the best flowers. After you buy them it is important to get them into the ground as soon as possible to prevent them from sprouting (use a cool dry dark place if you need to store them for a period). Bulldog make a transplanting trowel that despite its name, it is fantastic for planting bulbs due to its thin blade.

If you are looking for bright colours, you cannot go wrong with traditional bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. There are many different varieties to choose from and a good mix is sure to make your garden look good in the spring. Another favourite for the spring are crocuses. These bright flowers can be planted in lawns to give a more ‘natural’ look. To do this, scatter bulbs around a tree where it is moist and damp and plant the bulbs where they land. Once they begin to sprout, do not mow but instead leave it long for a lovely result.

When planting, ensure that the bulbs are planted at least 2 or 3 times the depth of the bulbs and roughly 3 bulbs apart with the tapering part of the bulb facing upwards. Replace the soil ensuring that any big clumps of soil are broken down. If you have a problem with squirrels or other rodents it might be a wise idea to cover the bulb area with chicken wire or similar, to prevent them from destroying all your hard work.

If you have a large area to plant you may be interested in the Bulldog Bulb Planter. This special tool is solid forged from a single piece of steel and attached to a long shaft. This allows you to quickly and easily plant a large number of bulbs. This tool is very popular with councils who, as you can imagine, have a large number of daffodils to plant in time for spring!

And as the trees begin to drop, don’t forget that Bulldog also produce a lawn rake. This lightweight rake is fantastic for taking the leaves off your lawn and your beds. Have a look at our rakes section for other alternatives.

Have a good week!

Posted in Gardening By Stuart Elsom On 2nd November 2009

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