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Name: Jane
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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?
Name: Ken Ramsey
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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 I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Mar 1, 2016 2:31 PM CST
Yes, leave the mulch. Smiling
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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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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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