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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Flowers in the Lawn

Glory-of-the-snow in the lawn
Would you like to have flowers in your lawn in the springtime?

Of course you would!

And you can.

It's easy.

Just order some corms for crocuses, Crocus tommasinianus is preferred over other crocuses, and some bulbs for glory-of-the-snow, Chionodoxa luciliae.  I like to order them as soon as they start selling them in late spring, early summer.  I usually don't get charged for them until they ship them in the fall and I don't have to worry they will sell out before I reserve mine.

When the corms and bulbs arrive in the fall, plant them in the lawn.  These are small corms and bulbs so it doesn't take much to plant them.

The next spring... just like that, flowers in the lawn.

I should warn everyone, once you plant flowers in your lawn, you should refrain from using any herbicides because they'll kill the flowers over time.  This means, of course, that you will get some wildflowers growing in your lawn, including dandelions.

Dandelion with crocus foliage

I don't mind dandelions. Other than a few weeks in the spring, no one notices the dandelions, other than the bees. The bees love dandelions in early spring.

You will also likely end up with clover in your lawn. Consider clover in your lawn a blessing, even if you never find one with four leaves. Not only does clover attract bees, it also is one of the legumes that fixes nitrogen in the soil, which helps to fertilize the lawn grasses.

And you might end up with some violets in your lawn. I love violets in my lawn.

You might wondering if all these flowers will choke out the actual lawn grasses.  That's not likely to happen, especially if you follow the advice of "mow high". Taller lawn grasses will compete quite well with dandelions, violets, and other wildflowers.

You might also wonder if squirrels and chipmunks will find and eat all your bulbs and corms. They might. In my own lawn, though, they haven't eaten all of them but I can't say they haven't eaten a few of them. But I've planted so many flowers in my lawn, I think it would take a herd of squirrels and chipmunks to wipe out all the flowers.

I see no downside to flowers in the lawn.
Crocus in the lawn in late winter
Do you?

I didn't think so.

Plan to plant some in your lawn next fall.


Lisa Greenbow said...

It is always such a delight to look out and see spots of color in the lawn this time of year. Happiness is...

RobinL said...

I think it would be delightful to have flowers in the lawn! But hubby has a WHOLE different idea about that than I do. He loves gardening too, in his own way, focusing on veggies and the lawn. So I have to let him do the lawn his own way. I've tried to convince him to do it my way, but I just had to let him win this time. So no flowers in the lawn for me. I'll just enjoy hearing about yours.

Helen Malandrakis said...

I would love to do this, but unfortunately, my husband insists on having a lawn service. :(

Alana said...

Our crocuses managed to migrate out into our grass. They've been quite happy there for several years. We have never used herbicides on our lawn. Now, if I can only reestablish johnny jump ups...

Kathy said...

I have to wonder why more people don't plant small flowering bulbs in their lawns. As I'm riding in the car (while someone else is driving), I look and look for signs of flowers in the lawns I pass, and not a sign of them do I see. As you say, it is not that hard to plant them and you only have to do it once, and reap the benefits for a lifetime. Why aren't we a nation of gardeners?