13 hours ago
Its that time of year when your car, minivan or SUV becomes a transport vehicle. No, I dont mean for the kids, grandkids or errands, but as a full-on assault vehicle for transporting home load after load of mulch for the landscape. Spring is an excellent time to freshen up the all-important mulch layer in the landscape.
Mulch is akin to a properly frosted cake. It finishes off the landscape and adds beauty. Unfortunately, in some cases, also left in the mulching wake is a problem for those landscapes mulch is aimed at protecting. The concept of mulching is really pretty simple cover the soil and the plants benefit from cooler soil temps, more even moisture, less weeds and a finished look. Improperly done and the plants suffer.
A proper layer of mulch should be between 2 to 3 inches deep. A deeper layer can inhibit oxygen and air exchange in the soil, damaging roots. Deep layers of mulch can also compost, generating heat and a potentially sour mulch condition that can burn the plants.
By DENNIS PATTON. 13 hours ago