How to Settle Planted Perennial Bulbs

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Just planted perennial flower bulbs in your garden? Learn how to settle the bulbs in the soil in this free video clip about gardening. View Video Transcript

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Now that we've got our bulbs planted at the proper depth with amended soil all around them, we need to water them in. Now watering in these bulbs is a lot different than what we did with the bedding plants that we put in this raised bed. We were careful when we watered these in that we didn't cover up the crowns and that we didn't wash out the root system. These things don't really have a root system and they're buried pretty deep anyway. What we need to do is thoroughly settle the soil around the bulb and around whatever roots may be present. So we're just about going to use a hose, we're going to use a straight stream of water, right out of the end of this sprinkling can. And as I mentioned before, the soil that I have here is very high in clay content. So I basically have dug a reservoir, or a hole that's going to hold water. You can see the water standing. It's not going in very fast. Once the amended soil is full of water, there is no air in it. And once that water does, and you can see it slowly going away, once it finally leaches out of the hole, those plants are going to be well watered in, they're going to have good root to soil contact, and they should be in good shape. The main thing now is to keep the moisture situation stable and keep the plant watered, and take care of them any other way. Keep the pets away from them, and don't let the dog dig them up.