Many people leave the autumn leaves on the garden until spring as leaf matter is a good insulate for the plants. I like the idea of using natural leaf mulch. The nutrients are good for the plants and the earth. However, I found out the hard way that leaf mulch when applied to my garden heavily was not not good.
Last spring when I went out to remove the leaf matter I discovered that the leaf mulch had become a breeding ground for snakes and borers; two pests that I am not crazy about. Therefore this year I recycled leaves for fine mulch for my lawn only and removed all of the leaves from my gardens.
When I finished my task of removing all of the leaves and sticks I started hand pulling all of the weeds. For stubborn rooted weeds I used my hand tools to dig them out. I prefer to weed my gardens in the fall rather than spring, as I do not want to disturb the new spring bulb growth by weeding the garden.
Next I applied three inches of Scott’s natural scapes advanced color enhanced classic black mulch. Normally I prefer to use natural cypress mulch but this year I opted for the Scotts mulch. The black organic mulch is a nice contrast to the flagstone and it also prevents weeds naturally as well it retains moisture with a guarantee that I will use 30% less water.
Water conservation is important to me so I decided to try the color enhanced mulch.
|Scotts Mulch and Liriope by Susan Golis|
I prefer to take my time and apply the mulch by hand, gently setting the mulch around the plants so that there is no breakage. In fact hand pulling of weeds and hand application of mulch is my specialty and I have obtained many garden contracts due to this skill.
Every gardener excels in a specific area and mine is attention to detail. I enjoyed my time in the garden today and I am satisfied with my feature garden.