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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Smallaxe, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Anyone have any special advice about planting tulips in the wooded roadside ditchline? Haven't done tulips - ever!!!
    This is shade and lots of roots will inorganic sandy soil.

    Any tips would be appreciated.
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I'll try a gardening forum...
  3. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Roadside is a bad place for tulips they are very fragile, even a windy day will destroy them. The wind blows the petals apart. At least that has been my experience here in Az. They are expensive so you need a lot to make an impression. They are also best viewed up close unless you are just buying the solid colors. They have to get some sun too at least 4-5 hours I would imagine.

    As far as planting goes you want to plant them in the fall and you would be wise to add some compost and bone meal. Dig a hole twice as big as the bulb and mix your compost and bone meal together for the back fill medium. I would also consider topdressing the whole area with compost once complete. Light topdressing!! you don't want to add 2"-3" of additional material for the bulbs to have to push through.
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Thanks, AZ.
    I don't think they will get any more than 15 minutes of direct sunlight at a time as the sun passes between trees.
    I was afraid I would hear what I did, in that, nothing about the proposed planting is the least bit favorable. Appreciate it.

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