Adding mulch to your flowerbeds has many benefits But only if it's done correctly.
Thisweek I'm going to show you the CORRECT way to add mulch to your flowerbeds.
There are many great benefits of mulchingyour flower beds It can retain moisture in the soil, asit keeps the sun from drying it out It can help cut down on the amount ofweeds that grow It adds nutrients to the soil as itbreaks down And it makes your flower beds look aesthetically pleasing.
As great as it can be for your flowerbeds, if it's not applied the right way it canactually cause more harm than good.
The trick is to use a THIN layerof mulch If you add too thick of a layer, it onlyattracts slugs, earwigs and other plant eatingpests because they can be easily adapt and hide in the cool layers of themulch.
Do not mulch around the base of plants and trees This is very important as any amount ofmulch around a tree base could create rott, eventually rottingthe entire tree potentially killing.
I learned thisthe hard way, losing some beautiful trees as a result.
So the best way to mulch around atree or shrub is to leave a few inches between the mulch and the tree base.
This will allow enough airflow to keep your tree happy.
When buying your mulch, find outwhere it comes from and what has been added to it.
Somecolored mulches have been dyed to get to their color You want to make sure the dye isn't toxicas it will seep into the soil as it breaks down.
But you can use other material as a mulch too.
Grass clippings or dried leaves work Hay also works, as well as landscapefabric.
I like to use cedar mulch in my flowerbeds It's basically ground up cedar treeswith no added chemicals It looks great and it smells great too Reminds me of being in the mountains! I hope you enjoyed this week's tidbit and if you mulch your flowerbeds, I would love to see how they turn out.
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