How to Naturalize Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) in Lawns
Do you love the idea of carefree grape hyacinths naturalizing in your lawn for pretty waves of colorful spring flowers?
Many perennial spring-flowering bulbs, like Muscari, thrive when planted in grass and easily become well-established, multiplying readily and returning every spring to brighten yards with early color.
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But they still need to receive the right conditions to flourish, like well-draining soil and full sun.
And it’s important to choose early-flowering varieties so they finish flowering before the lawn mower comes out – trimming the tips is usually okay, but the foliage needs to remain intact to reenergize the bulbs through photosynthesis.
So if you’re ready for a sea of pretty blue, purple, and white flowers in your yard, let’s have a look at the steps involved to naturalize grape hyacinths in your lawn.
Here’s what you’ll find ahead:When to Plant
Grape hyacinths, Muscari spp., are spring flowering perennials that need to be planted in fall for blooms the following spring.
It’s helpful to wait until autumn rains provide regular water as the small bulbs can dry out quickly. They need to go into the ground before freezing temperatures render your sod unworkable.
This makes October and November the best time to plant in the Northern Hemisphere, but the exact timing varies depending on your region.How to Plant
Generally, planting bulbs in lawns for naturalizing is pretty much the same as planting them in garden beds – the difference being you have to work with established turf.
The simplest method is to choose a full sun location and peel backRead more on gardenerspath.com