Sunday, April 07, 2013

Mulch, Mulch

I have used all different types of mulch throughout the years, cedar, no float, bark, Scott's Brown Mulch and lately a shredded hardwood mulch from a local nursery. 

This last one is the one my dogs have voted the best as they immediately want to roll in it!  It is the most expensive but it looks wonderful in my garden beds.

The larger mulch lasts longer and does not wash away easily, useful in areas that retain a lot of water.

About half of my garden does not require mulch, Blue Dart Myrtle and Liriope cover the ground.  Groundcovers though great looking all year can be difficult to plant through and I have chosen to keep my rose and more delicate perennial beds groundcover free.

My grass in the back garden looks terrible this year from lack of winter snow cover (grass dessication) and I am not sure it will all come back without help.  I have lightly raked and over seeded.  Maybe I should mulch the whole yard?

This winter has caused some other issues with the emerging spring bulbs (some had come up in the fall) tops are burned and the flowers look like they are going to be blasted (dried up inside).


My poor Accolade Elm in front that had been root damaged over and over was trimmed by the village this winter to accommodate the root loss.  Last year it was severely attacked by inchworms leaving it with a multitude of chewed leaves.  This spring I will treat it with a twelve month systemic by Bayer to get rid of the inchworms and fertilize for the first time in two years.  It was recommended not to fertilize after root damage (too much stimulation).

That crooked branch that is jutting out belongs to the tree across the street, hope this newer little Elm survives!

Oh well, I am cleaning my outdoor furniture, fertilizing the beds, pruning the roses and pretending that spring has come!


Beth said...

Hi Eileen, Sorry for the areas that are damaged, but I know you will still have great beauty in your gardens as spring and summer advance. I have done some garden cleaning, but lots more to do. We expect 75 degrees today but possible snow later in the week. Crazy!


Well, it's good to "pretend" because hopefully it will mean spring is really coming. No more snow storms for you people back east. :)

I believer your garden will be as beautiful as ever in short order. You are such a devoted, hard working gardener. Have fun.

gardenenvy said...

That's hilarious--your dogs have expensive taste. Jeannine

scottweberpdx said...

Your poor little Elm...I'm crossing my fingers for it. I keep switching mulch varieties too...eventually I'll find one that I really like :-)

Nelson said...

So sad for the Accolade Elm.. Hooray, Hooray! Spring is just a couple of blocks away..

Becca's Dirt said...

I don't use mulch/wood chips in my gardens. The wood chips in my gardens are there from previous bags of Miracle Gro Garden Soil that contained the wood chips. I also brought home some termites in the bag of Miracle Gro. Needless to say I don't purchase that any longer.
I hope spring does visit you soon and your plants bounce back.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hi Eileen! I hope the grass will come back. It needs some warmth. I usually add lime twice a year (we have acidic soil). It also gets some fertilizer. When I have extra soil, I sprinkle it over the lawn.
Good luck!

Jennifer said...

If you can believe it Eileen, my grass looks worse than yours. The fall was wet and the dogs just destroyed it. The long winter and delayed spring has done nothing to improve things. I am definitely going to have to reseed once things dry up a bit.
I use cedar mulch mostly because it is so inexpensive. It doesn't last long, and so I have to wonder if the hardwood mulch might be worth the investment.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Beth,

We had so much construction last year that I will be lucky if that tree comes back.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Grace,

I am pretending a lot lately with bulbs just beginning to look like they are going to bloom, but the weather is so cool they are suspended in growth for awhile.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Yes, Jeannine, they know what they like, earthy!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Scott, I really like the fine shredded hardwood mulch, looks like a forest mulch, dark brown.

I am crossing my fingers for the Elm.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Becca,

I wish I didn't have to use mulch but it gets so cold here we use it as a root protection especially when we have little snow cover.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Tatyana,

We cannot add lime here in my area as our soil is already alkaline. I spend my time adding acid fertilizers for many of my acid loving plants.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

I know Jennifer, the dogs really do a number on the lawn. I have so little grass I often wonder if it matters, but the dogs do need a little grass.


Lona said...

I always just love looking at the flower beds after they have been freshly mulched. Everything looks so neat and tidy. Some of my hyacinths got brunt this spring to and the tips look sad and brown. Have a lovely weekend.