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.
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!
Really, that can depend on the kind of leaves. The only trees that drop their
leaves on my garden beds and borders are the surrounding neighbors' silver
maples. These are NOT good to leave on the beds over the winter. They don't
break down quickly, they turn into a hard, compacted, slimey mess that
interferes with drainage, etc. I remove all the maple leaves from the beds in
the autumn, and replace them (where needed) with dry oak leaves that I gather
dozens of bags-full from my neighborhood leaf piles (and that I use for
composting as well). The maple leaves I haven't cleared away around the garden
edges and shrubs are (as I type this) lying in solid, tough layers not even
remotely on their way to decomposition. The oak leaf winter mulches are
fluffy, permeable, and breaking down nicely.
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