We have lots of perennial flowers in our flower bed. (12 different
varieties or so- including bushes and roses, 15'x6' aprox garden) My wife
was thinking of putting mulch between the flowers so the weeds would not
grow (easier maintenance). I was not sure if that would be a good idea
for two reasons. 1. when the leave accumulate in the fall time in our
flower bed, it will be difficult to get rid of them (hard to get a rake in
there). With dirt flower bet, what ever you can't rake out, it will
decompose with the rest of the dirt. And if you leave them in with the
mulch, seeds will start growing there next year. 2. will perennial
flowers be able to poke through the mulch every spring time? I always
thought that mulch is more ideal it you have a simple flower bed or around a
tree truck. what do yo think? thanks
Leaves rot down to make an excellent mulch. Leaf mould we call it in UK.
Don't worry about the perennials, they'll be back. If You're really worried
about the leaves, grab big handfuls where you can and bag them up to rot
down and go back on the garden later. They can also be sucked up through a
leaf blower/shredder whatever. Some people pile them up and mow the pile.
Some people push them en masse under bushes/shrubs and forget about them.
Whichever method you choose, they will be good stuff.
how long does it take for them to become mulch?
I am thinking of using my maple and ash leaves from last fall as a weed
deterrent in my veggie garden this year by spreading them around the areas I
don't want weeds to grow (I usually use newspaper). Would this be a good idea?
Will the leaves 'rot' properly if I use them this way?
They are mulch as soon as you apply them as mulch, or as "a" mulch if you
prefer. Some people use a layer of grit/gravel/slate chippings etc as a
mulch around container plants for instance. It means a protective or barrier
Oh yes indeed. Last fall would have been better, but what I would do now is
dig them in and let the worms do their stuff. Or you can use them as a mulch
round the base of plants as a weed deterrent and to help to avoid drying
firstname.lastname@example.org (JewelOfTheGnarf) wrote in message
yes, usually leaves are gone by the next growing season in Michigan.
In fact, when I plan to use the bed for plants two years running I
mulch with wood chips. If I want to use it for direct seeding the year
after I use leaves or cardboard.
Perennials and bulbs will grow right up through mulch no problem. As for
the leaves you can *gently* rake most of them out, the remaining will do no
harm but will actually do more good. Rotted leaves are a great soil
amendment. I mulch up and dig in some in my flower beds every fall. By
spring they are just about all rotted and composted.
Most importantly, HAVE FUN out there!
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