Step into the next season with a wildlife-friendly lawn that’s bursting with color

What if gardeners could plant a landscape that would support pollinators, never need weeding, and grow more beautiful every year? wants to help gardeners create a wildlife-friendly lawn. What if gardeners could plant a landscape that would support pollinators, never need weeding, and grow more beautiful each year? This is possible with bulb lawns. This planting method is no secret to professionals; many botanical gardens feature bulbous lawns in the spring. By planting an assortment of small, very early-flowering bulbs this fall, spring will arrive earlier with an explosion of vibrant blooms.

New Age naturalization

Bulb lawns have a lot in common with planting bulbs for naturalization. Naturalizing means planting bulbs that will multiply and come back each year with a bigger and better show of flowers. Besides lawns, bulbs are easy to naturalize in shrub borders and perennial gardens. The bulbs will get all the spring sun before the trees, shrubs and perennials wilt.

An excellent investment

Bulb lawns can be any size. Some have been around for hundreds of years and have spanned many acres, while others are small plots near deciduous trees or shrubs. No matter the size, planting a bulb lawn is easy to do and a great investment. Gardeners only need to buy and plant the bulbs once, and with minimal effort the rewards increase each year. Using a bulb auger to dig the holes speeds up the work on this weekend project. Most of the bulbs in this assortment are squirrel, rodent and deer resistant.

Reasons to plant a bulb lawn

  • Plant once and it’s done
  • Provides important early season pollen and nectar for pollinators
  • Resistant to squirrels, rodents and deer
  • No more weeding, less work
  • Low inputs, water once after planting

Lawns are food deserts for wildlife

It is common in the United States to have large grass-based lawns, but this practice has many valid detractors. While a lawn can be convenient as a place for children and pets to play or for entertainment, a bulbous lawn is an essential source of early-season pollen and nectar for pollinators. Very few other flowers bloom at this time of year, and the insects that come to life need to feed. It’s a win-win for gardeners and the environment.

Perfect for nature lovers

Bulb lawns are not for high-maintenance lawns that use a lot of nitrogen-based fertilizers and irrigation or weed killers and pesticides. Sparse lawns, on the other hand, under deciduous trees, are perfect. The bulb lawn area will need to be mowed a few weeks later than usual, so that the bulb foliage can wilt and restore the bulbs for the following year. Putting on some bulb fertilizer after the bulbs have bloomed is beneficial and no further maintenance is needed.

Choose the best site

  • Choose a low traffic area
  • Most bulbs thrive in full sun but also tolerate partial shade
  • Plant bulbs under trees and shrubs; they will bloom before the foliage wilts
  • The bulbs prefer medium soil with a neutral pH.
  • The soil should be well drained. No standing water.

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