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New Ways to Think About All That Mulch in the Garden
Before you go making a mountain out of a mulch hill, learn the facts about what your plants and soil really want
"out of a mulch hill, learn the facts about what your plants and soil really want... But the mulch. The mulch. So instead of talking to my neighbor, I’ll talk to you about... type. She mulched her bed with so many wood chips, they rose halfway up the barberry... drowning in mulch. I couldn’t say any of this — I feel bad talking about it now, like... driving jerk for even mentioning my thoughts. It’s her house, her yard, her plants. But..."
How to Pick a Mulch — and Why Your Soil Wants It
There's more to topdressing than shredded wood. Learn about mulch types, costs and design considerations here
"about mulch types, costs and design considerations here... name for shredded wood or bark products; the truth is that mulch is an umbrella term... term for any product — organic or inorganic — that serves as a topdressing for soil... word "mulch" has fallen into common and nearly exclusive use as the descriptive name... layer of mulch throughout your planting beds will help conserve soil moisture, stabilize... growth. Mulch also contributes to the design of a landscape by echoing color choices..."
Garden Musts for March
Some toil in the soil this month will help ensure a blooming garden come summer, so dig out your shovel and bring on the mulch
"blooming garden come summer, so dig out your shovel and bring on the mulch... Then add mulch, mulch and more mulch. Take a break to enjoy the show of daffodils and... dig and mulch a little more. March is all about enjoying the first blooms of the year... prepping for the growing season. Join me as we talk about a few of the exciting garden... zone 6 garden. If you are in zone 4 or 5 or colder, most of these suggestions will..."
Great Design Plant: Veronica
Consider adaptable Veronica, or speedwell, for its colorful blooms, butterfly-drawing power and low maintenance requirements
"speedwell, for its colorful blooms, butterfly-drawing power and low maintenance requirements... something for everyone — multiple flower colors, multiple foliage textures and a variety... Bateman Garden Design--thanks for the tip for northern CA, I'll try your spreading... candidate for the problem Sigrid is experiencing. Thanks for your helpful comment. Thank... known for spreading? The thing I have spreads by roots. Sigrid, you may have a similar..."
Texas Gardener's November Checklist
Planting and protecting are top priorities in the garden this month, so master the mulch and get those trees and shrubs in the ground
"in the garden this month, so master the mulch and get those trees and shrubs in the... significant garden chores done before the really cold weather hits — and remind yourself... in the garden will pay off next spring with a lush, healthy landscape.... phosphorus for healthy root growth. Look for nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium ratios like... hardwood mulch, but avoid heaping mulch up on the plant bases, which can quickly rot..."
Great Design Plant: Milkweed
Quit cringing. This not-weed plant is a sight to behold in the garden, has a delicious vanilla scent and is a magnet for butterflies
"in the garden, has a delicious vanilla scent and is a magnet for butterflies... in your garden is milkweed. I know that when most people hear the name, they cringe... magnet for insects, particularly butterflies and nonstinging bees, it is also a host... plant for the monarch butterfly — a summer standby whose numbers are quickly dwindling... a hub for wildlife. A win-win!... sources for butterflies. For example here in Nebraska, when I plant Liatris ligulistylis..."
6 Dependable Ground Covers for Warm Climates
Swap some lawn for these drought-tolerant clumping plants — and watch your maintenance efforts diminish while they easily grow
"some lawn for these drought-tolerant clumping plants — and watch your maintenance efforts... cover for your garden, no matter how hot, dry, shady or soggy it may be. These ground... Gardening in warm regions comes with a whole set of challenges: hot summers, dry... give your garden a place where the eye can rest, and will give you a little more rest... intended for winters of 20 degrees and above, so they won't work for my region of Texas..."
A Mom, a Garden and a Gift for the Neighbors
Gardening can be therapeutic in unexpected ways. See how one gardener found peace and purpose in a patch of Florida soil
"Gardening can be therapeutic in unexpected ways. See how one gardener found peace... member, for your apartment complex or for a whole community, a garden is a therapeutic... in the garden, but this before-and-after project comes with a story that I hope will... start a garden wherever you are in life, with or without home ownership. Whether it's... plant this garden at my apartment complex in Jacksonville, Florida...."
Gardening Solutions for Dry, Sandy Soils
Has your desert or beachy site withered your gardening creativity? Try these ideas for a beautiful, easy-care landscape
"withered your gardening creativity? Try these ideas for a beautiful, easy-care landscape... nutrients for plants that require rich soils. Reduce your workload in the garden by choosing... sandy garden for low maintenance and gorgeous looks.... benefits of gardening with sandy soil is that it’s easy to dig and till, making transplanting... compost, mulch and organic matter over a prolonged period of time to build up enough..."
Southeast Gardener's May Checklist
Bask in the blooms and mind your mulch this month; summer means lots to savor and lots to do in the garden
"mind your mulch this month; summer means lots to savor and lots to do in the garden... prime gardening season begin. Here's what you can do in the Southeast garden this... an herb garden. If not for you, then for your garden friends. Black Tiger Swallowtail... container garden. Every home area has room for container gardens. Find some fabulous... Top-dress your garden beds with mulch. Keep your gardens cool, less thirsty and reduce the..."
Central Plains Gardener's October Checklist
Fall foliage color and crisp mornings, plus mulching beds and planting spring bulbs, make October a gardener's heaven
"plus mulching beds and planting spring bulbs, make October a gardener's heaven... makes for a garden of very hardy plants with root systems to the centre of the planet... up your garden in the fall! I raise and release hundreds of butterflies during the... Just for the record, butterflies make a chrysalis, moths will make a cocoon. lulurikki... ached for just a little more warmth (while fully enjoying what I can grow of course)..."
10 Expert Tips for Growing Edibles in Containers
Get glorious veggies and fruits on your patio with a pro’s guidance — including his personal recipe for potting mix
"them. For gardeners with poor soil, or no soil at all, container gardening can be... Bay Area gardening consultant and edible-garden designer Steve Masley shares 10 great... edible garden your landscape wouldn’t otherwise allow you — all within steps of your... component for added drainage. For potting soil, go to your local garden center (even... should work for me. It sells for around $250. Happy gardening! I will keep you posted..."
Expert Pruning Secrets for Exquisite Roses
Encourage gorgeous blooms year after year with this time-tested advice on how to prune your rosebush in winter for health and shape
"hit the garden armed in your toughest clothes and sharpened pruners for the annual... While gardeners may share different insights on the art of rose pruning, one thing... left my garden alone. Happy gardening, Dove Thanks Dove Cochrane for the info. I too... And mulch, mulch, mulch! Dogmom5~ Dove is correct, try to gently tie the new... front garden. Thank you especially to Dove & Pamela Bateman Garden Designs for the..."
Edible Gardening Essentials: Tips for Traditional Hand Watering
Save the expense and hassle of a complicated garden system with a simple watering can or inexpensive hose add-ons
"complicated garden system with a simple watering can or inexpensive hose add-ons... choice for many edible gardens. However, these systems take time to set up and, in... or you garden primarily in containers, and you aren’t ready or can’t commit to a more... homes for a few days. I agree that the best way to water your garden is by hand.... enjoying, our gardens. Like above, I thought this was the only way to water a garden! I..."
Central Plains Gardener's November Checklist
Mulching, seeding, feeding — several small tasks to ensure a winter of activity, and a good spring start.
"Mulching, seeding, feeding — several small tasks to ensure a winter of activity,... November garden: one part of you would like to get outside and grab some fresh air,... of the gardening season. Lucky us — there are small yet important things to do if... is to mulch. Common wisdom says to mulch new plants after the ground freezes to prevent... where mulch decomposes faster. Go ahead and give your garden a good watering too..."