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Daffodils and Crocuses in my lawn?

I’ve got a gardening question for you. I’ve noticed that up here in Maine the crocuses and daffodils have already bloomed, while the grass has only gotten green in the last day or two and certainly won’t need to be mowed for a week or two.

What’s to keep a body from planting bulbs all over the lawn and letting them bloom in early spring? Will the grass crowd out and kill the bulbs off during the summer? Will the presence of the bulbs kill off the grass? Or can the two coexist?

5 thoughts on “Daffodils and Crocuses in my lawn?”

  1. Tom says:

    As far as i know (and i’m no expert) if you plant the bulbs in the fall they’ll bloom in the spring, and in your climate region probably right before the grass starts to green up. i would think they’d poke right up through the lawn if you did it that way, but i’d remove the sod around each bulb when you plant them so each bulb has a small cirle of bare dirt to grow through without being disturbed by the lawn the first time. After that i think they’d be established and grow through any grass layer above – so yeah, i’m in the peaceful coexistence camp on this. Why don’t you try a small experiment and plant some daffies and/or tulips around to see what happens. The only result i can guarantee is that mowing will be difficult and time consuming as a result. Now if you just dig up most of your lawn and replace it with bulbs that would look spectacular in the spring, wouldn’t it?!

  2. Fernie says:

    The bulbs sit beneath the grassroots, and the tops die back for most of the year. So, they’re not in much competition. The slightly tricky part is in late spring – you want to keep the bulbs’ greens alive and photosynthesizing. So, come in with hand clippers to keep the grass short around them, then mow around that.

  3. Jim Cook says:

    I think I’ve got an experiment to run this fall. Oh, wot fun!

  4. Offlogic says:

    Down here in Indian Territory my folks always had crocuses in the bermuda grass lawn. Daffs usually kept to the beds, but the crocus was scattered all around.

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