Gardening Tips on Mulching: Are You Getting It Right?

gardening tipsIn yesterday’s post, I curated an article that was loaded with information and gardening tips. One of those tips was about mulching, i.e., mulch doesn’t attract termites. Today, I have a few more tips on mulching.

1. Bare soil shouldn’t show around the bottom of your plants. Add a layer of mulch about 1-3 inches deep each year to maintain your beds.

2. Water the ground thoroughly before you add a layer of mulch.

3. Organic mulch in your flower beds doesn’t just make them look tidy and finished, it conserves water, discourages weeds, and, as it degrades, provides nutrients to the soil.

4. Natural mulching material encourages earthworms, and who doesn’t want them?

5. Don’t mulch too deeply though.  The mulch will hold moisture against stems and trunks (Don’t pile mulch against trunks!) and encourage disease and infestation. Deep mulch also makes a cozy home for voles.

6. If you’re using mulch for weed control, you can make it a bit deeper, but be sure to use coarse material.

7. If you have acid-loving plants, you can add acid to the soil by mulching with a thick layer of pine needles.

8. Finally, mulching prevents water run off that erodes the soil and depletes it.

It’s all sort of a “Look after your soil, and your soil will look after you” sort of thing. But you’re an organic gardener: You knew that.

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