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How to Quickly Plant Bulbs in Grass

Use this step-by-step guide to quickly plant a large number of bulbs in your lawn or garden space.

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An alternative method of planting bulbs is to peel back the turf and plant them in clusters. This is a useful and quick technique to use if there are a lot of bulbs to plant, or if they are small and need to be planted close together.

Materials needed:

flower bulbs
half moon cutter
grit or sand
rake
watering can or garden hose

Using a half moon cutter or a spade, cut an H-shape.

Next, slice under the turf horizontally. Carefully peel the flaps of turf back. Lightly loosen the soil in the hole, and add grit or sand if the soil drains poorly.

Peel Back Turf to Plant Small Bulbs

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Scatter the bulbs on the soil.

This will help to ensure that their placement looks natural. Plant them at the required depth, which is usually two to three times their height, with their growing tips facing upward.

Scatter Bulbs on Bare Soil

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Roll the turf back into place after bulbs have been planted.

This will ensure that they are completely covered. Firm the turf down well with the back of a rake, checking that the area is level with the rest of the lawn. Water the area well.

Roll Turf Back Over Bulbs and Firm

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Protect new blooms.

When the bulbs are in flower, be careful when mowing the lawn around them. Patches of flowering bulbs nestled in unmown grass look attractive when surrounded with a contrasting, neatly mown lawn.

Patches of Crocus Bloom in Grassy Area

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