Your technique for not stepping on emerging lilies?

ptwonlineApril 24, 2014

So I planted lilies for the first time last year and left a few inches of the dead stalks to mark the spot. Despite that this spring I have TWICE stepped on the lilies that are just peeking up past the soil line as I worked to plant and prune nearby. Hope I didn't wreck them!

So what do you like to do in order to avoid stepping on them? I was thinking of using those cheap, lattice, garden dividers/edging and making a box or triangle around the lilies until they have emerged more.

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caldonbeck(UK (8))

I do as you do and leave six inches of stalk on them. Trouble is they can come up miles away the nest year. I have large hoops round them not to stop the dogs though so that helps.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 6:47PM
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I have grown lilies for over 30 years and I STILL step on them despite the methods y'all are using. My "brilliant" solution is to plant 6 bulbs where I want 5 lilies so that I still get a decent show. This year I broke off 2 Silk Roads that were at least 1 1/2" in diameter. :((

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 12:13PM
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Well, I try to not walk in my beds...that helps a lot. Place stepping stones, you'll avoid compaction too.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 10:01AM
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i have also snapped off a few stalks wandering around in the garden despite the best of efforts. I like the idea of stepping stones. been thinking about it for a while and this thread is an inspiration to do something.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 12:23PM
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pathways and stepping stones......

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 12:02AM
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I thought I was the only one who stepped on lily sprouts!

Glad to know I'm not the only klutz in the bunch.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 9:39AM
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