Companion Planting: The Ultimate Companion Gardening Guide by Ribble Thomas

Companion Planting: The Ultimate Companion Gardening Guide by Ribble Thomas

Author:Ribble, Thomas [Ribble, Thomas]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2020-04-25T16:00:00+00:00

When to mulch

Lay the mulch down in the garden after the soil has warmed up in the late spring or the early summer. Placing an even, shallow layer of mulch approximately 2 to 4 inches deep will be effective against wind, sun, weeds, and pests. Be careful of the plants and avoid putting the mulch close to the crown of the perennials and the stems or trunks of shrubs and trees as you do not want to damage new growth and you need to leave plants space to obtain water.

If you live in a winter climate, one of the best times to mulch is in winter. Depending on where you live, the freezing and thawing process causes the soil to expand and contract. This can break new roots and even force your plants out of the ground in a process called frost heaves. If you cover the garden with something loose and full of air, like straw, when the ground first freezes, you can help keep the ground frozen until winter ends. Once spring arrives, you can remove the mulch.

Another benefit of winter mulching is protecting all types of plants, including perennials and ground covers, from winter burn, which can happen when the winter temperatures damage the plants. When the ground freezes and there is a strong wind, the moisture is pulled from the plant.


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