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How to Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares his secrets for planting spring-blooming bulbs

In this video, This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook demonstrates the right way to plant spring-blooming bulbs in the fall.


  1. Use pointed shovel to dig large hole about three times deeper than diameter of the bulbs.
  2. Add compost and low-nitrogen bulb fertilizer to the hole; mix into soil with a three-prong cultivator.
  3. Press one flower bulb into the center of the hole, then add four or five more bulbs in a circle around the center bulb; space the bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart.
  4. Fill the hole with soil, then water thoroughly.
  5. Cover hole with a thick layer of mulch or dead leaves.