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Spring bulbs look particularly impressive when planted informally in lawns. Many varieties of daffodil and crocus are perfect for growing under turf, and will multiply over the years to produce even bolder displays. For the greatest impact, use a single variety, planted in large drifts.
In damp areas, try planting snake's head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris), an early flowering bulb that looks stunning when naturalised in grass.
Use a spade or lawn-edging tool to cut an H shape into the turf, pushing the blade vertically through the turf.
Push the spade under the turf to cut through the grass roots, and start easing back a complete layer of turf. Do the same on the other side.
Fold back the flaps of turf created by cutting through the H shape.
Fork over the soil to break it up and spread out the bulbs, pointed-end up, randomly over the surface.
Push the bulbs down firmly and fold back the flaps of turf of soil to cover the bulbs completely.
Walk over the turf to firm it down, making sure it's level with the rest of the lawn. Then water the area generously.