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Speaking about spring bulbs and bears

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A few days ago I was asked this question, which I felt was a good question to answer in the newspaper. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. This situation can easily come up.

“I hired my grandson to mow my lawn. After he had finished I noticed that he had mowed all the spring bulb leaves off. I have about 500 spring bulbs scattered in the turf that are coming up now. Will it kill the bulbs or keep them from blooming this year? What might I do to help them bloom better this year?”

At the present time I don’t think you will notice a great change in their performance. In most cases the leaves are showing but the bud stems have not emerged from the ground, but they still will. You might need to help them with a light application of 8-8-8 fertilizers on top of the ground. This will make the grass grow faster as well as the bulbs. They will slow down a little bit and the bulbs will add some size this year for better flowers next year.

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