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Spring Mulching Tips
- Mulching has many benefits. It can provide nutrients for plants, lock in moisture, form a barrier against weeds and help insulate the roots of vulnerable plants from summer heat.
- Mulches can also be used for decorating the tops of pots and planters.
- The best time to mulch entire beds or borders is in early spring. This will trap in moisture from wet weather and ensure beds don’t dry out quickly in the heat of summer. Mulch reduces soil temperature as much as 10 degrees — enough to make a difference between supporting or killing tiny feeder roots near the surface.
- Don’t keep adding to the top of the pile each year, as this can cause rot, disease, and insect problems at the base.
- Apply mulch 2″ to 5″ deep – after clearing grass and weeds and cultivating the soil.
- Mulch applied around your trees each year reduces water stress, weeds, and damage to trees.
- Mulch every year as part of your yard maintenance plan for good plant and yard health.
- Combine mulching with time-tested techniques like core aeration and proper fertilization to keep your lawn healthy and happy for years.