Which spring flower bulbs to plant?
Got Deer? Daffodils and hyacinths are deer resistant, but tulips definitely need to be protected from whitetail deer browsing.
Fertilizer? Fertilize bulbs right after they finish blooming and leave the foliage alone until it has turned brown since bulbs need that foliage in place to “recharge” for next spring.
When planting bulbs it helps to use a “bulb booster” fertilizer that is typically high in phosphorus, the middle number on a fertilizer label, but fertilizer should not come into direct contact with a bulb. If there are rodents nearby that eat bulbs, you may need to protect bulb plantings with wire hardware mesh.
New Bulbs? Tulips bloom best the first Spring after Fall planting since they are delivered fresh from the tender loving care of a professional bulb grower. Most flower bulbs should be dug-up and divided every few years (after the foliage browns) to prevent crowding which results in a reduction in bloom size.