Rivercities Garden Club
Sustainable Gardening Practices
On Using Mulch
Facts about mulch:
A layer of mulch around trees and shrubs, bedding, and
bare ground does much to improve the state of your garden. As
the mulch decays it improves fertility. It keeps the ground
warmer in winter and cooler in the summer and maintains moisture by
retarding evaporation. Trash plants don't grow, and such a
layer can inhibit certain plant diseases.
Guidelines for using mulch:
For a well drained sight apply 2 to 3 inches. If
drainage is poor use a thinner layer. Avoid applying mulch too
deeply as it reduces oxygen supply to the roots. Dont place the
mulch against tree trunks. Break up the mulch if it becomes
fine and matted and replace it with new mulch. Maintain a depth
of 2 to 3 inches. Adding limestone or shell raise soil pH.
You can cut bulbs almost in half. When planted,
it will take two years to bloom but then you can have two of a very
Tissue cultures of plants results in a disease free plant.
The scales on a tiger lily bulb will develop into a
Rosemary is easy to root. Just stick a stem into
the dirt and keep it moist.
Angel trumpet is also easy to grow. Root a
cutting before the first frost.
Dogwoods need very little water at the end of the summer.
Rivercities annual picnic is on April 25 1pm at the Rose
Center. This is a Saturday. Admission to the center
is $3.00 and when you enter tell them that you are with Rivercities.
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