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21/10/2012 at 15:27
As perennials are cut down to the ground in Autumn when they die back what is the best way to apply mulch please? Do you, for example, cover the crown as well as the area around where the roots are underground, and is this with about 5 to 8cms of the mulch? If so, do you need to remember to pull back that mulch cover in Spring to allow in light to the centre to allow leaf growth?...or will the mulch roof have gradually eased its way back into the soil? If not, will the plant simply grow up through it? If so, what will the bed look like after, say 6 winters???!!! TY,P.
22/10/2012 at 12:14

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?

28/10/2012 at 09:24

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.

28/10/2012 at 18:10

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   

28/10/2012 at 18:39

PHEW!!  (Joking...again!).  Like the reply.  Cheers!  

28/10/2012 at 19:20

LOLHappy to help

29/10/2012 at 07:08
Thanks for the question, Pearse. I was wondering the same - if mulch is weed suppressor then was thinking need to avoid covering plants too much.
29/10/2012 at 14:56

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.

22/11/2012 at 13:10

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.

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