Concerning Mulch - PART TWO

Written by Tammy Clayton


Continued from page 1

Onrepparttar side of a beer bottled we have a warning fromrepparttar 113336 Surgeon General warning us not to operate automotive vehicles or heavy equipment and goes on to say that alcohol could cause health problems. Have you ever seen such a warning on a bag of mulch orrepparttar 113337 invoice you pay that nice young man from? While there is such a thing as natural death among plants, death without explanation is easily blamed asrepparttar 113338 trees cannot say:

"Hey! I am dying because I cannot breathe anymore because you have put way too much mulch around my trunk!"

Nope, no tree can scream HELP! They canít tell you I need water, my toes hurt, its hot out here; they are helpless unless we know instinctivelyrepparttar 113339 problem. They can only get your attention if you WANT to hear what they have to say. Selective listening has serves no purpose when one deals with plants.

Where was I? Oh yes, this yearly freshening ofrepparttar 113340 mulch inrepparttar 113341 beds...if you were a tree, you would see instantly why this is not a good thing. Trees have a natural breathing ring (as well as many types of shrubs and other woody plants) that develops right atrepparttar 113342 point of their trunk where their "stem" andrepparttar 113343 soil meet originally upon their sprouting.

When you pull a weed, properly extracting it fromrepparttar 113344 soil, it is going to deposit dirt on top ofrepparttar 113345 mulch. The more soil that is mixed withrepparttar 113346 wood mulch,repparttar 113347 faster it will decompose and return to itsí previous state as soil. Remember what comes fromrepparttar 113348 soil returns torepparttar 113349 soil; it is a natural revolution no one can prevent.

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Raised by a highly respected & successful landscape contractor in the metro Detroit area, Clayton wanted a career in anything but landscaping! Now an award-winning landscape designer, Clayton runs Flowerville Farms, a mail-order nursery in Michigan. Read more at LostInTheFlowers.com.


Concerning Mulch - PART ONE

Written by Tammy Clayton


Continued from page 1

While stone may look good to some ó it is very costly and dirt will still collect onrepparttar top ofrepparttar 113335 weed barrier. As soon as things start going to seed aroundrepparttar 113336 protected area, there will be weeds everywhere inrepparttar 113337 stone rooting into that thin layer of deposited soil on top ofrepparttar 113338 plastic. It is inevitable that weed roots beneath that plastic will creep around under it searching for an escape fromrepparttar 113339 dark. These undercover and unwanted roots will never be found to eradicate, making them a constant problem to try and get rid of.

Landscape cloth is better in that it allows consistent moisture and some airflow to roots, but it does let weeds pop throughrepparttar 113340 small holes inrepparttar 113341 weave. Once you have a weed rooted throughrepparttar 113342 fabric, you will never be able to pullrepparttar 113343 roots. These contrived barriers inrepparttar 113344 long run will only makerepparttar 113345 installation more costly and a false belief that you will now be weed-free. Landscape cloth has beneficial applications in some situations and is best left to control erosion and not weeds.

If you simply must have mulch,repparttar 113346 best choice for your shrub and tree beds is shredded hardwood or cedar bark mulch. Shredded bark mulches are fuzzy alongrepparttar 113347 edges causing them to mat down and knit together after a good rain to stop erosion of loose soil to a great extent. Wood mulch encourages bugs to take up residence in it as deteriorating wood is their natural habitat. This will addrepparttar 113348 cost and need to spray chemicals onrepparttar 113349 mulch to control bugs that would never have moved in plain soil. Many isrepparttar 113350 horticultural professional who will not apply mulch to their planting beds for several reasons beginning withrepparttar 113351 insects it attracts. Secondly, they are aware that over time wood mulch decomposes to be soil again, thereby raisingrepparttar 113352 soil level aroundrepparttar 113353 plants inrepparttar 113354 bed (causing future health problems with plants such as trees). Thirdly, because it makes it more difficult to weedrepparttar 113355 bed.

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For great Gardening tips and articles, visit: http://www.LostInTheFlowers.com

Raised by a highly respected & successful landscape contractor in the metro Detroit area, Clayton wanted a career in anything but landscaping! Now an award-winning landscape designer, Clayton runs Flowerville Farms, a mail-order nursery in Michigan. Read more at LostInTheFlowers.com.


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