Monday, April 24, 2017

Mulching the life out of growing Perennials

            When spreading bark mulch this early you run the risk of smothering some of the perennials that are not up yet. If you do not know where they are, from memory or by the missing dead foliage of last year, you may want to wait little.
            Some perennials like hosta can bull their way up through anything practically. Daylilies can as well but if it’s too heavy a layer they will suffer. Most others will just smother.
            If a perennial has a hard time getting to the surface and uses up more energy than what is typically used, it might not have enough energy to produce a flower, all you’ll have is a bed of green leaves.
            But if you do know where everything is, mulch away; just leave “mulch-free” zones around each known perennial site.
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