Mulching your flower garden can help keep your plants healthier. Mulching makes your garden look neater and clean by keeping the weeds down, which can save you a lot of work weeding. It also helps to soak up and conserve moisture by reducing the amount of water the sun evaporates and it can help prevent rain from washing the soil away.
After choosing your mulch, the next thing you need to do is clean out around your flowerbed. Pull the weeds out by the roots and lay newspaper down around the plants. Prune the plants to get rid of dead or damaged leaves and buds. Begin spreading out the mulch and put it about two to four inches thick. Take your time spreading the mulch around slowly. Don’t just dump it into the flowerbed.
Since mulch holds water longer, it can rot the stems of your plants if placed directly on them. For this reason, you’ll need to keep a one to two inch area directly around each stem mulch free. The best time to mulch is in the spring and fall but you can put it down in the summer.
Just make sure you use a good quality mulch and water immediately after mulching. Mulching will provide your flower garden with the nutrition the plants need to stay healthy and look beautiful all season.