Make flower beds crisp and clean for Labor Day celebrations with a finishing touch of mulch.
Forget about weeding and just spread a blanket of mulch around your plants. Mulch prevents weeds from sprouting by blocking sunlight. A thick blanket of mulch also reduces evaporation, meaning your garden will need less water.
Get a party-ready yard with this simple technique that leaves gardens looking good and weed-free.
How to Choose and Use the Right Mulch:
- Choose the right mulch. (See below for tips on how to choose.)
- Before applying mulch, hand-pull large weeds. Rake smaller weeds to loosen them from the soil and discard.
- Apply at least 2-3” of mulch. Keep mulch away from plant trunks or stems, where pests can hide and diseases can spread.
tips for Choosing Mulch:
- To improve your soil and add nutrients, use compost.
- Use shredded bark, bark nuggets or pine straw for a natural look. Bonus: Pine straw is good for acid-loving plants such as azaleas and rhododendrons.
- Select aged wood chips to create an informal look. Although the chips last a long time, they can also take nitrogen from the soil as they break down. Save them for use around big shrubs.
- Use lava rocks, pea gravel or pebbles for low-maintenance options. Don’t use dark stones that can overheat plants in hot weather.