By: Jennifer LaMontagne- Assistant Horticulturist- Bloch’s Farm- Green Lake, WI
Adding mulch to your gardens or landscaped areas is highly recommended. A well mulched garden can lower your garden maintenance requirements and promote the health of your plants. Mulch is a layer of material spread on the ground around your plants. This helps to insulate and maintain moisture in the soil, reduces the amount of weeds, improves the texture of the soil, and keeps dirt from splashing up onto the leaves and flowers. When you choose organic mulch, as it decays, it will release valuable nutrients back into the soil. Mulches give a finished, well-groomed appearance to the garden.
After planting flowers or shrubs and removing weeds, scrape away old mulch so that plants aren’t damaged by mulch that’s laid on too thickly. Then apply a two-to-four-inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants, taking care not to get too close to the stems. Stones, grass clippings, peat moss, composted leaves, shredded bark, Eucalyptus, or Cocoa bean hull mulch are a few good choices. If you’re choosing to use Cocoa hull mulch, do not use landscape matting underneath it and only use it in bright sunlight areas or it will rot.
When using fabric landscape mat under your mulch product, consider cutting slightly larger growing holes around the plant materials, or plants will not be able to spread. The mat can “girdle” or choke the plants. We suggest using 20 year DeWitt fabric landscape matting around your plant materials and underneath the mulch you choose to use. We sell DeWitt matting at The Farm. If you’re going to be drip irrigating your beds, first lay your matting down, then your irrigation hoses, and top it off with your choice of mulch. If you’re mulching around ground covers please use a light application so that the plant materials are able to spread readily. To determine how much mulch to purchase, multiply the length times the width of your garden area. Then check with your friendly Bloch’s Farm staff to convert it to cubic feet to see how much mulch you may need.
Bloch’s Farm is open 7 days a week: 8 am to 5 pm Monday – Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday. We have a selection of mulch in bulk, as well as landscaping supplies to help your landscape be all that it can be. Check out our huge selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials too! Stop in today and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you. Feel free to call 920-294-6000 or e-mail email@example.com with any questions. Visit our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Join us for this weekend’s sale! August 20th – August 22nd: Buy 2 Six Packs of Groundcover, Get The 3rd Free!