Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to common gardening questions provided by nationally recognized gardening expert, Melinda Myers. With more than 30 years of horticulture experience, she is wealth of knowledge and we are pleased to share her frequently asked questions with you here. Come back each month for answers to a new set of questions that will help you in the garden.
I have hundreds of spring-blooming bulbs in my backyard. The soil in our area is heavy clay and I feel it needs to be amended. How can I do this without digging up all my bulbs?
Whether your soil is sandy or full of clay – the solution is the same. Spread an inch of compost over the surface. Earthworms, ground beetles and other insects will move it through the soil and eventually down to where the bulbs are growing. You can speed up the process with vertical mulching. Purchase one of the bulb planting auger bits. Drill holes into the soil between existing bulbs and perennials. This aerates the soil while moving it into the root zone of the existing plants. Then mulch the soil surface with shredded leaves, pine needles or other organic matter. As these materials break down they too will be moved into the soil to improve the growing condition for your bulbs and other plants.