• Termites and mulch

    I have very sandy soil in the backyard of my new home – it needs lots of organic matter. Normally a pine mulch would be good but because I’m in a termite area, I’ve been advised to stay away from…

  • Leaf mulch

    I was going to make some leaf mulch with the leaves that I’ve gathered from my front yard. I was going to layer the leaves with city compost (5 ” of leaves to 1/2″ of compost) in a large old…

  • Cedar mulch safe around my fruit trees and berry bushes?

    Can I use cedar mulch around these plants? Will creosote be an issue?…

  • Leaf mulch

    This past winter I used fallen leaves to spread over my flower and shrub beds as mulch. It doesn’t look very attractive now. Should I remove it entirely or just some of it and add in some other type of…

  • Weeds in the mulch

    I’m a fairly new gardener and this year, I graduated from purely annuals to perennials. I also put down mulch for the first time but for some reason, after it rains, I seem to have a thousand tiny weed heads…

  • Weed control

    Based on an actual survey, I spend about 6.3 % of my garden time planting and encouraging the plants I want, and the remaining 93.7 % discouraging the plants I do not want (weeds and invasives). I don’t want to…

  • Compacted clay soil

    I have mostly clay soil in my front and back gardens and despite amending it for the last couple of years and adding mulch in the spring and fall I still find after our long winters the soil hardens and…

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