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Freshen Garden Beds Now. Party Later.

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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:

  1. Choose the right mulch. (See below for tips on how to choose.)
  2. Before applying mulch, hand-pull large weeds. Rake smaller weeds to loosen them from the soil and discard.
  3. 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.

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