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Name: Jane
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PAgirl63
Mar 1, 2016 1:59 PM CST
In the Fall I planted daffodil and tulip bulbs and mulched the beds because we have cold winters. I'm in zone 5a. Now it's early spring and I've noticed bulb tips emerging. Should I pull the mulch away from the emerging tips or leave it in place? It's not unusual to get still get snow in March and April, as well as heavy spring rains. I understand bulbs can rot under such conditions. What should I do?
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drdawg
Mar 1, 2016 2:21 PM CST
I have all my landscape heavily mulched and have never pulled any away for plants to emerge. If they can push their way though soil, mulch won't give them much trouble.
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2016 2:31 PM CST
Yes, leave the mulch. Smiling
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daylilydreams
Mar 1, 2016 2:58 PM CST
I agree I always leave the mulch in place and the plants push their way thru, it never bothers them.
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Name: Rob Duval
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robertduval14
Mar 1, 2016 5:41 PM CST

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Daff's will push their way through soft ice, snow and not totally thawed ground. Your mulch will do no harm at all to your spring flowering bulbs, or any other perennial that dies back to the ground each winter for that matter. Enjoy your new flowers!

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