Mulching can help keep the weeds down due to cutting down on the light,
but is best if an anti weed membrane is used undernieth. In the end
weeds will grow anywhere and can start from seeds spread by wind,
insects & birds. It is however a lot easier to pull out weeds in the
mulch compared to soil, as they are less likely to break off and
regrow. If you are trying to be cost effective try using bin bags with
tiny drain holes in them. I have used expensive membrane that some
weeds actuall grew through. Not sure best time to mulch as I bough it
in a massive bag from a farm.
Also good to keep mulch away from your house a foot or two. Termites
like a direct connection to the earth. Deprive them.
Bill who lets wood chips rot and then walks on them as a path then adds
to our flower beds. Time and energy and chips = soil. Magic ; ))
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Ah yes, termites. <horrors>
We live in Pa I will have to check my zone.
This year I purchsed several hanging pots and had them hung on those
metal thingies with two places for a vining Geranium.
Also I have found that my impatience did well, as long as I watered,
not letting them dry out.
I use Miracle Grow.
Any suggestions as to what might be more effective.
Our neighbor uses liquid manuer. Actually it comes in a power form
then water is added,
smelling just as gross. But, the plants have doubled in size. What a
garden she has.
Thanks for your info.
It keeps weeds down, doesn't eliminate them, even with landscape fabric
underneath. The weeding is minimal though compared to my unmulched areas.
There's another benefit that people sometimes overlook and that's the
moisture protection. I water my mulched beds once a week and my unmulched
plantings every other day.
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