Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County to host 4th Annual Bulb Planting Demonstration at Eisenhower Park
EAST MEADOW, NY – On Friday, October 23, 2020, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (CCE-NC), in conjunction with Cornell University will be conducting field planting demonstrations at Eisenhower Park. Dr. William Miller and the Cornell Flower Bulb Research Program have been testing the “in-grass bulb planting machine” over the last several years. This simple, tractor mounted machine plants bulbs under the sod with minimal disturbance. It lifts the sod, drops bulbs under, and replaces it all in one pass (and with no digging!). It can plant mixtures of bulbs (ex: crocus, daffodils, scilla and grape hyacinths) to provide long-lived color blends, or can create swaths of mono-color plantings for bright accents.
On the 23rd, beginning at 10:00am we will plant more than 10,000 mixed daffodil and other bulbs at Eisenhower Park. This year the planting will be more extensive than previous years, with plantings at three different locations in Eisenhower Park. Also, this year will be the start of a new research project to compare selected cultivars for suitability for the “in-grass” planting method. Bulbs will be planted in 3 foot wide side-by-side strips, and in rows over 200 feet long with a density of 4-5 bulbs per square foot. The first planting location will be at the CCE Nassau headquarters at the Special Activities Center (SAC) at Field 8. The second and third planting location will be updated as event gets closer.
This kind of planting is unique and is highly appropriate for large commercial or municipal landscapes where color and pollinator-friendly habitats are desired. The machine greatly reduces the labor involved with bulb plantings. There is no bed preparation and no handling of individual bulbs! This planting method has been in use in Europe for more than 10 years and has led to landscapes that are vibrant with spring color, and that have lower maintenance due to reduced mowing as the foliage dies back after planting. Experiments are underway at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY to better estimate the earliest possible mowing dates that will not compromise future bulb perennialization.
CCE-NC is a 501.c.3 nonprofit educational resource and member of the Cooperative Extension Land Grant System administered through Cornell University in partnership with the county, state, and federal government. Membership in CCE-NC is open to the public and supports our programs while providing special member benefits. http://ccenassau.org/gardening/be-a-member
CCE-Nassau Main Office
Eisenhower Park, Special Activities Center, Parking Field 8
PO Box 148
East Meadow, New York 11554
Last updated October 21, 2020