Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tulips and Fall Bulbs


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What are fall bulbs?

Fall bulbs are a plant species that need to be planted in the ground in the fall. They require a cold period of a minimum of 6 weeks to form roots. They will bloom at different times in the spring depending on variety, warmth, and lighting conditions.

When should I plant fall bulbs?

Fall bulbs are best planted before the first hard frost. It must though be after the temperature stays below 18°C during the day. This is typically from late September to early November in Manitoba.

What should I look for when I am picking out fall bulbs?

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Look for bulbs that are firm. If bulbs are mushy they will rot. The bigger the bulb is that you pick, the more blooms you will get and the larger they will be. Bulbs will grow larger in the ground after blooming. Pick out a variety of early, mid, and late blooming bulbs to ensure a long show of color. Check with your garden center that the bulbs are zoned for our climate.

How do I plant?

Condition the soil by adding 3” of peat moss and 1” of manure into your bed. Work it into a depth of 12” deep. Dig hole as deep as instructed and place bulbs with the pointed side up. They can be planted in individual holes or in a large hole as a group. Refer to package for planting depth and distance. Generally you want to plant the bulb 2 to 3 times deeper than the diameter of the bulb. After bulb is covered with soil water thoroughly.

Where should I plant my fall bulbs?

Spring flowering bulbs thrive in partial to full sun. Remember to take into account that trees will not be leafed out yet when the tulips emerge. Good drainage is important, so avoid low lying soggy areas.

What kind of fertilizer should I use?

Fertilizer is not necessary, but performance will be increased if you add bonemeal or bulb booster when you plant. Use 1 tablespoon per bulb.

How do I keep squirrels from digging up my bulbs?

Soak in plantskydd before you plant the bulbs. Bloodmeal can also be sprinkled in the holes when you plant. Disguising the area after you plant with leaves or mulch can possibly fool the critters! This will also help protect the bulbs from harsh winter temperatures.

What do I do after the bulbs have finished blooming in the spring?

Let the leaves die down naturally, do not cut them off or mow over them. After the bulbs have bloomed it is important to let them rest and gather nutrients from soil so that they can bloom again next year.

If anyone has any questions about bulbs, or needs help with design choices drop by today! Our helpful staff will be happy to help you. We have a great selection of tulips and fall bulbs. I have checked each bulb to ensure that it is zoned for Winnipeg. Unfortunately alot of the bulbs sold out there are not zoned for our climate. Looking forward to your visit!
Tammy Jensen

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall Yard care - after the drought

FALL YARD CARE –after the drought
by  Tammy Jensen

The summer of 2011 has been great if you love the beach! However if you like to garden it has been a challenging year. The spring brought us too much water, and July brought us too little water! The plants has suffered from fungus, mildew, blights, and infestations of aphids, red lily beetle, and more. Our lawns are green only in patches. Those patches (at least on my lawn) seem to be weeds. The actual grass appears to have gone into dormancy for the year. There is though some things you can do to help get your yard back on track. Here is a fall guide to help you give your yard a boost so that it will be back in shape for the 2012 gardening season.

  • Spot treat visible weeds with “Killex”.
  • Instead of fertilizing this fall apply “Myke Turf”. Fertilizing could burn the dry stressed grass. “Myke Turf” will not burn, and is a natural product. It reduces    watering needs, and increases drought tolerance. It will also promote root growth, to give you a more lush lawn next year.
  • Rake and clean up all leaves and debris from lawn.
  • Top-dress and over seed to improve the appearance of your lawn. This can be done after the 15th of October.
  • Spray with “Plantskyd” to protect against vole damage. This can be done at the end of October or before snowfall.
  • Cut the grass short to a height of 2 ½” at the end of October. A lower height will help soil dry more quickly in the spring. This will also help prevent vole damage.

  • Dig up and discard annuals, and vegetable plants to put in your compost pile. Dig up and discard any weeds in the garbage. Rake up any fallen leaves and debris in your flower beds. Fallen leaves can hold diseases that may overwinter.
  •  Remove summer bulbs and store in peat moss or vermiculite indoors for the winter.
  •  Apply “Liquid Gypsum” to your flowers beds, and gardens. This can safely be sprayed on soil as well as plants. It is a soil conditioner that will soften hard and clay soils. It also improves soil drainage and helps maintain a healthy balance of nutrients for the plants.
  •  Get your beds ready for fall planting or spring gardening. Add organic matter such as peat moss, coco, compost, or soil booster. This can help improve aeration and drainage, as well as supply nutrients. This can be done in addition to liquid gypsum to give the soil a really good boost for next year.
  • Plant your tulips using bulb food and fresh garden soil. Soak the bulbs in “Plantskyd” prior to planting to prevent squirrels from digging them up!
  • Plant shrubs, evergreens, and perennials. Early fall planting gives new plants enough time to get their roots established before winter. Use a growth supplement such as “Myke” to help stimulate healthy roots, and prevent transplant shock.


  •  A treatment of “Myke” can be given to any shrubs or trees that have been stressed or not growing well. This is done by putting holes in the ground around the root ball of the shrub or tree. The “Myke” is poured down the holes, then watered in.
  •  If your plants have had problems with fungus, mold, mildew, blight, or insects Dormant Oil will prevent these from wintering over. It can be applied once the leaves have dropped if the temperature is above 5 °C. It also can be applied in early spring when the buds on the plants are swollen, but before they leaf out.
  •  Perennials can be moved or split safely now. Use a growth supplement such as “Myke” to stimulate new root growth.
  •  Apply “Plantskyd” to protect from winter animal damage. Skoot can be used as an alternative but not until plants are dormant. (leaves have dropped) Be sure to spray as high as animals can reach after the snow has fallen. Be sure to spray right to ground level to prevent vole damage on the base of trees.
  •  Spring flowering perennials can be cut back. Fall flowering perennials can be left to enjoy over the winter.
     At the end of October peat moss can be mounded around sensitive plants and perennials to protect over winter.
     Water regularly till the ground is frozen.

  • If evergreens have been stressed over the summer a treatment of “Myke “ around the roots will help it repair any root damage that may have occurred.
  • Throughout September and October water evergreens weekly so they can build up their water stores until spring. The moisture is important to help them through our harsh winters.
  • Any cedars that are in a sunny location can be sprayed with an antitranspirant “Wilt-Pruf” to protect against spring moisture loss.
  • Any newly planted cedars can be protected with burlap and a frame made with wooden stakes. It is very important that the burlap does not touch the cedars.

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