Be a 'Master Mulcher' This Spring

We're all looking forward to warmer weather, and when that comes, maybe you'll be able to spend some time in your garden with your kids and flex your "mulching" skills and use your green thumbs.

Monk Gardens Master Gardner Lisa Rennie stopped by Sunrise 7 to talk about prop mulching around your garden and home.

Rennie said a successful wood chip mulch must be deep enough to suppress weeds and promote healthy soils and plants: research has demonstrated that weed control is directly linked to mulch depth, as is enhanced plant performance.

A review of the research on course organic mulches and weed control reveals that shallow mulch layers will promote weed growth and/or require additional weed control measures.

Keep mulch away from trunks of trees and shrubs. Piling mulch against the trunks of shrubs and trees creates a dark, moist, low oxygen environment to which above-ground tissues are not adapted.

Fungal diseases require a moist environment to grow and reproduce; piling mulch on the trunk provides exactly the right conditions for fungi to enter the plant.

Likewise, opportunistic borers are more likely to invade a plant whose bark is wet due to excessive mulching. Rather than creating mulch volcanoes, instead taper the mulch down to nearly nothing as you approach the trunk. This donut-shaped application will protect the soil environment as well as the above-ground plant tissues

Mulch-O-Rama is set for 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.,, May 3 at the corner of Schofield Avenue and Camp Phillips Road.

$18 per yard

For more information visit revi-design.com.


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