Bozeman's warm weather is forcing the bulbs in our gardens to come up too early! We talked with the experts about what you can do to protect them.

Last Friday when it was sunny and 60 degrees, I spent some time wandering around my garden beds looking for signs of life. It didn't take long to find them...at least a dozen of the bulbs in just ONE of my beds were significantly above ground.

Some were just barely breaking the dirt surface while others were a few inches above.

I called Cashman Nursery to see if there was ANYTHING I could do to slow this process. Unfortunately, you can't stop it but you CAN protect your bulbs that are off to the races.

MULCH, MULCH, MULCH, with anything you have available. Bark, wood chips, pine boughs and leaves are all good options. These materials will at least protect your young bulbs from frost and are easily removed when the time is right.

You can also add more dirt on top of them, but that changes the height of your beds and is NOT easily removed without harming your plants later.

Bulbs in Bozeman Feb 13, 2015