I was strolling into our design studio earlier this week when I noticed some bulbs beginning to emerge- not an uncommon problem here in Colorado. With so many sun-filled days amidst these winter weeks, some of our landscape foliage is prone to “early emergence”. Occasionally, it can be exciting to see the first sign of Spring peeking through the cold soil. However, it can also lead to a shorter life-span of your bulbs, as flower buds and foliage can be at risk of winter scalding if temperatures get too low. It might be a bit late for prevention this year, but next time consider these hints: 1) avoid planting bulbs on south facing exposures, and 2) lay out a thick six-inch layer of mulch during the Fall in those at-risk areas.
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