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Re-planting lilies-help
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ron,ar    Posted 07-25-2004 at 19:25:00       [Reply]  [No Email]

A few months ago I posted this picture of my daylily bed. It's 8ft by 8ft landscape timbers stacked 3 high. When I built it several years ago I got in a hurry. I didn't take time to kill (herbecide) the existing grasses underneath. I just filled the bed with organic soil mix and planted them. . They did fine but the bermuda grass took over this year. I pulled it all apart, dug up the bulbs (there were hundreds) mowed the grass down, and leveled the soil. I want to replant but don't know how long they can be out of the ground. I meant to replant quickly but recent events prevented that. They have been out of the ground about two weeks. Do they need to be dried first? Should I hang them in the shed and replant in the spring? I know with seeds you can put them in a refrigerator for three weeks and fool them into going dormant and replant anytime but am not sure about bulbs.I plan to kill the grass, put black plastic down and refill the bed with more soil. Should I treat the soil with anything to kill any seeds of grasses already in it? Thanks for any help.


~lenore    Posted 07-25-2004 at 19:43:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dont dry them.
Stick them in a temporary bed right away until you figure how to eliminate the weeds from the bed you made and redo it.


JDK    Posted 07-25-2004 at 19:39:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
You may want to go with a woven landscape fabric instead of plastic.It stops the weeds but allows moisture to penetrate,I have used plastic in past only to find huge ant colonys beneath it on removal,due to the rain protection and warmth.Also have not tried it but have heard that mulching w/sheep manure AFTER emergence of flowers will burn off and kill any weeds attempting to penetrate it.


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