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Tips for Applying Mulch!

We will have 3 yards of mushroom compost delivered this week. When I begin filling my first wheelbarrow, I will think about the mulching techniques I have learned from many and various gardeners over the past 10 years...
What I have learned so far:
1. This is a lot of work! So make it count for double the time & money: add nutrients while you mulch.
2. Apply it 2-3 inches deep to suppress weeds for the growing season. You still may get some, but usually they are easier to pull out of the loose mulch than the firm soil.
3. Make sure to leave your plants some wiggle room. Apply the mulch deeply, but leave it at least one inch away from the crown of the plant. Leave 2-3 inches of space all around tree trunks.
4. Do not apply hot compost (meaning mushroom compost or other nutrient rich sources) to woodland (e.g. ferns) or silver-leaved plants (lavender).
5. For garden areas in which you want to encourage self-seeding plants, use a garden fork to "tickle in" some compost over those areas. Christopher Lloyd talks all about this in his book Succession Planting for Year-Round Pleasure. He also covers many other aspects of ornamental gardens. (It is my favorite garden book\!)
6. If you are mulching with well-rotted mushroom compost, be sure to save some extra for patching you lawn, topping off your vegetable beds (or containers), and even your ornamental containers.
7. You know you are a real gardener when just thinking of rotted plant and animal material gives you excited butterflies in your stomach... as opposed to the queasiness that most people feel in their stomachs.
Any more tips from my fellow gardeners?
Cost: $80 Difficulty: Easy

To see more: http://wifemothergardener.blogspot.com/2013/04/tips-for-applying-mulch.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Julie @ Wife, Mother, Gardener
    Julie @ Wife, Mother, Gardener Pittsburgh, PA
    on Apr 8, 2013

    Madeline - I think you should suggest to your doctor that he get out of his office and try it! :) Gardening has been found to be one of the best activities for overall health. The weight bearing & continuous movement of gardening is especially good for women of all ages! It keeps our bones strong and makes our lives more beautiful at the same time!

    • LCGPetrey
      LCGPetrey Atlanta, GA
      on Oct 18, 2015

      & we have fabulous veggies & beautiful plants!

  • Mary Ann Miron
    Mary Ann Miron Hempstead, TX
    on Apr 8, 2013

    Love mushroom compost! For those that have never used it, make sure you let it sit for a week otherwise it will burn your plants! If there is grass with seeds under your compost when you first put it down, the "burn" may cause the seeds to dry and then grow! Madisonville, TX has a mushroom plant where you can get the compost.

  • Valerie
    Valerie South Africa
    on Apr 19, 2014

    Your compost looks so wonderfully rich! Thanks for sharing your great advice.

  • Sharon
    Sharon Oakland, ME
    on Jul 1, 2015

    I'm interested in your pots of ivy you have sitting by the compost. Can you tell me more? Thanks.

    • Sharon
      Sharon Oakland, ME
      on Jul 1, 2015

      @Julie @ Wife, Mother, Gardener thanks, I will look for one.

  • Correy.smith321
    on Feb 11, 2016

    Julie, it seems like you know very well about gardening. That's great that you mentioned the technique of add mulch to a garden. Reading the step by step or the tips that you provided had me thinking about the garden that my wife wanted me to do for this month. Well, it would probably have to be after this month since it's still the winter season. Still, it's a project that I'm willing to do for her and her garden. <a href='http://mulch-masters.com/product-list/' ></a>

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