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Having just built a new home, we are fortunate to have a brand new yard. While it doesn't remotely have mature plantings, it has the advantage of being fairly low maintenance, due to updated materials and new fixtures. Still, it's fun to browse through Curbside Chaos to see some disasters (before) and beautiful transformations (after).

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And it's not just a wheel barrow full of landscaping you win, but a personal visit from Taniya Nayak (@TaniyaNayak). She'll give you updating tips and bulb-planting ideas for your yard. To top it off, for every Twitter share, they will donate a dollar to Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit aiming to preserve affordable home ownership.

With my own yard, I'm still transforming the front flower bed. It's the only spot I left open for freeform planting. Since I've always loved just about all bulb flowers — tulips and daffodils are probably the most beautiful flowers on earth, if you ask me — I'm considering using them in this very visible spot.

To help me plan this area, I used the Garden Guru tool on the Curbside Chaos home page. There are four simple steps:

  1. Choose your country (available in US and Canada only) and area (you have to click the colored box on the right, not the map — not very intuitive!)
  2. Choose the month you want to plant (I've been told fall is best in Utah, but spring will work, too, and the current tool only includes March – June)
  3. Choose between four plants you want to grow (where are the tulips and daffodils?)
  4. Poof! You get a materials list and planting directions

You don't have to be a master gardener — or even a green thumb — to find success with bulb planting. Trust me, if I can do it, you can, too. And once they are grown, you can do all sorts of things with bulb flowers. My favorite is to simply cut them and put them in a vase. They smell great and have stronger fragrances than many cut flowers and they last a long time.

Please visit to learn more about bulb plantings. Don't be distracted by caricatures of women used there. I think they are all pretty lame and even offensive, but they do have some good advice if you can cut through the drama. Evelyn, for example, talks about animal damage to yards and how to avoid it. We have a terrible problem with deer. Read that: they killed all our fruit trees, ate our front shrubs, and nearly killed our beautiful maples by stripping the bark. Any kind feelings I used to have for Bambi are gone and, if it were legal, we'd now have a freezer full of venison.

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