Sunday, October 14, 2012

Making Over Your Yard with Bulbs

This post brought to you by Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done.. All opinions are 100% mine.

As the leaves have begun to fall from our mature trees and the grass has grown from the recent rains, our yard looks like chaos! Our yard could sure use a makeover! Curbside Chaos recently helped Ruth and her family spruce up their backyard. How? Watch the video at the following link: Curbside Chaos.

If I had $5000 for a yard makeup, I would use the funds for the following yard improvements:
1.       Plant more bulbs to bloom in March and April
2.       Plant more plans to bloom in late summer and fall
3.       Create a few more raised garden beds in the front and back yard
4.       Plant fruit trees like cherry and apricot
5.       Create a patio in the backyard with an umbrella and furniture
6.       Add a second rain barrel

The Curbside Chaos website has a Garden Guru widget that you can use to figure out which gorgeous flower bulbs to plant in your yard. For my area, I can plant Alliums, Hyacinths, Crocus, and Daffodils to bloom in April. Try the tool out for yourself:
1.       Pick your country
2.       Pick your location within the country by selecting the right zone color
3.       Choose the type of bulbs you want to grow (based on bloom month)
4.       Check out the Planting Guide that shows you how to plant the bulbs

After reading the Planting Guides on the Curbside Chaos website, I realized that bulbs are as easy as dig, drop, and done. Bulbs are for everyone, not just seasoned gardeners. Bulbs are extremely simple plants that come up year after year. I have even seen bulbs given as gifts and planted inside for indoor plants. Last Christmas, my husband and I gifted his grandmother with an Amaryllis bulb. It looked gorgeous in the bay window. Since bulbs are so easy to plant and grow, they would also be great projects for kids.

The Dig.Drop.Done website has some amazing tips on planting bulbs. Evelyn was my favorite lady. Like Evelyn, I battle with “pesky neighbors,” the four legged neighbors like deer, bunnies, squirrels, and chipmunks out of my plants. Daffodils and calla lilies are the way to go to keep deer out in the spring and squirrels out in the summer. Thank you Evelyn! visit to learn more

Curbside Chaos partners with Rebuilding Together, which provides critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners across the United States, to do the yard makeovers. Every share on Twitter with the hashtag #CurbsideChaos, “Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done.” donates $1.00 to Rebuilding Together to continue to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. What a great way to ensure that everyone has a gorgeous yard that they can enjoy.

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