How to Mulch: Save Water, Feed the Soil, and Suppress Weeds. by Stu Campbell

By Stu Campbell

Mulch your solution to a colourful and fit domestic panorama. Profiling numerous ideas that come with sheet mulches, feeding mulches, and dwelling mulches, Stu Campbell and Jennifer Kujawski assist you select the easiest mulching method in your yard, vegetable backyard, or flower mattress. You’ll be surprised at how safely mulching can either decorate your outdoors area and straightforwardness your gardening lifestyles by means of keeping moisture, conserving weeds in cost, conserving younger crops, and boosting production. 

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Many kinds of materials can be used for mulching. The mulch materials you choose for your vegetable garden can be practical but not necessarily beautiful. On the other hand, you’ll find dozens of mulching choices for use around your landscape plantings and flower beds, where the mulch itself can be an important feature of the overall design. There is no one “right” way to mulch. There are good ways, and there are not-so-good ways. In addition to providing solutions to common mulching concerns, this book offers suggestions about ways to mulch your gardens to make them happier, healthier, and more rewarding.

And don’t reuse clippings treated with herbicide; it’s just not worth the risk. Green Living Ground Covers Use. Decorative and functional. What they are. These low-growing plants include thyme, oregano, and creeping phlox for sunny areas; pachysandra, sweet woodruff, and ginger for shady areas. Violets and Johnny-jump-ups thrive in all sorts of conditions. Perennial geraniums such as Biokovo and lancastriense form handsome, expanding, semievergreen clumps with beautiful spring-into-summer blossoms and coppery fall foliage.

Earthworms are affected by changes in season and temperature. Earthworms are least active during the hottest months and the coldest months. In the summer they can be coaxed into working harder if you keep enough mulch on the garden to keep the soil moist and cool. In the late fall earthworms need to be protected from sudden freezing. Mulching will help protect against rapid temperature changes in the soil. Troubleshooting with Organic Mulches Be alert for signs of nitrogen deficiency when you use some organic mulches, such as fresh sawdust or wood chips.

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