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Q.moving a flower bed

Zone sacramento, CA | kari.punkar added on March 28, 2018 | Answered

I have a flower bed that has become completely overrun by crabgrass and weeds. We are having someone come in and tear out the whole bed and dig the dirt down several inches in an attempt to get a handle on the crab grass and hopefully start fresh. I’m wondering if there is a way to save some of my perennials and bulbs in the process and what the best way of going about that would be? I would have to dig them up, temporarily store them somehow and then re-plant once the bed is ready, likely in 3-4 weeks after being dug up. I have dahlias, coneflower, astillbe, gladiolas, salvia, Liatris and carnations. I am in zone 9b. Thanks for the help!

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Answered on March 31, 2018

You can save anything that is a bulb or rhizome very easily with proper storage methods. Anything that is just a root mass will need to be planted in container, immediately, such as the salvia. You can put these in ground when you have a spot ready. This article will help you to learn how to properly store bulbs: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/preparing-bulbs-for-winter-how-to-store-bulbs-for-winter.htm

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