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    What to Plant When Bulbs Are Done in the Backyard Garden

    Beautiful bulbs blooming is a sure sign spring is here, is your backyard garden ready to bloom? With good planning, different varieties bloom for several weeks for an explosion of color that welcomes the new season.

    In order to feed perennial bulbs for next year, it’s important to let your plants die back naturally. However, this step often leaves your flower beds messy. Here are some tips on how to best care for your bulbs while still maintaining beautiful landscaping. Once you’ve finished reading, please call for a complimentary consultation. We’ve been helping Indiana home and business owners for more than four decades enjoy the outdoors with beautiful landscape designs.


    After your lovely bulbs bloom, deadhead them, which just means removing the flower. After that, leave them alone until they wither and yellow, which can take up to six weeks. While this isn’t a necessary step, it does clean up your beds. During that time, a great way to cover up the messy plants is to camouflage them!

    Strategically plant perennial plants that grow and bloom around the time that your bulbs die back. These create new visual interest in your beds and are a lower maintenance option.

    Another option for camouflaging your bulbs is to plant annuals in your flower bed around those bulbs as soon as they are no longer blooming. This is usually the time of year that most retailers have a good variety of annuals available, allowing flexibility to change your backyard garden a bit each year.

    Consider Them Annuals

    Once your bulbs are no longer at their peak, consider them annuals; that is – remove them from the ground once they have bloomed. You just have to plant new bulbs in your backyard garden the fall to enjoy these flowers again next year.

    The benefits of planting new bulbs each year are that you are able to change your flower bed design and color scheme each year and start with a fresh bed each spring. While this may sound strange for at-home gardening, this is the path many commercial landscapers take each year.

    What Not to Do in Your Backyard Garden

    When caring for bulbs after they have bloomed, you definitely do not want to trim them back before they have withered and yellowed. This prevents necessary photosynthesis that allows the plants to regenerate for next year.

    You also should not tie or band the stalks together. Not only is this additional unnecessary work, but it also has the potential to prevent that healthy photosynthesis if not enough greens are available to soak up the sun.

    Outsource Your Backyard Garden to Hittle Landscaping in Indianapolis

    If you love spring blooms with full, rich beds, but the maintenance sounds like too much, consider hiring a professional. Your landscaper learns your preferences and designs the perfect bed for you. He or she takes into consideration all the maintenance when designing the bed and keeps your backyard garden in optimal condition.

    Looking for a landscaper? Hittle Landscaping has been designing, installing, and maintaining backyards in Central Indiana for over four decades. We have a team of professionals who are dedicated to making sure you love your backyard! We remove the work for you and allow you to enjoy your oasis. Contact us today for a free consultation on the backyard of your dreams!

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