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If you apply a mulch to the borders it is best around plants- but even if you cover the crown I have found the new shoots tend to grow through anyway
Not sure what you mean by six years?
Thank you for that. Much appreciated. By 6 winters I was jokingly trying to imagine a border a number of feet above normal ground/lawn level if you put mulch upon layer of mulch winter after winter!....with the perennialls getting deeper into the soil.
There was a discussion not long ago about putting on layer after layer each year of mulch, compost, manure etc...and as no one had a bed which reached the height of their house yet the conclusion was it rots down have some trust
PHEW!! (Joking...again!). Like the reply. Cheers!
LOLHappy to help
Yep! Thanks for that. I was wondering what exactly to do. Having visited my really helpful garden centre I was advised that we should indeed cover the lot, and out as far from the centre as the previous foliage spread in the growing season as that is a good guide in assessing the size of the roots underneath. Then mark the centre with a stick. In Spring clear the centre circle with care I (obviously!) to allow re-growth. 8cms at the centre should be fine............Aaah! Happy at last! Cheers everybody! P.
As regards the build up of mulch, having recently moved into a new garden, I decided it needed hand forking throughout. I'm very lucky to have a well established compost heap (in two halves - current & 6 mnths+ old) and as I've forked an area over, I've removed any lumpy soil and incorporated it into the compost heap. If you feel that you have an excess of soil anywhere, either do the same or just remove it to a quiet corner of your garden.
Having now done all of the hard work I can look forward to pleasurable tickling over.