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Archive for October 2019

What is mulching? Why is it important for your garden?

“Mulching” is simply laying a top dressing of partially decomposed bark mulch, fine bark mulch, or arborist chips to your garden beds. (My favorite is the partially decomposed bark; we’ll talk more about arborist chips in a bit.) The importance of mulching When applied to the soil at a depth of at least 2 inches,…

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Rhodies need fall watering!

Have your rhododendrons (aka “rhodies”) stopped blooming lately? Do the buds fall off without opening, or are there fewer of them? The reason could be nutrient-related, but they also might not be getting enough moisture during the fall months. Rhodies set their buds during fall, and without sufficient moisture during this crucial time, the buds…

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