Can perennials grow through mulch?
It's best to mulch gardens in very early spring, before most perennials are out of the ground. The perennials will simply grow through it. But spring is busy, and too often we end up mulching around plants. If the plants are already up, you don't want lots of mulch touching the plant stalks.
Mulch helps to moderate soil temperature and retain soil moisture which is good for the health of your plants. Adding a layer of mulch to your flower beds also improves the appearance of your beds and suppresses weed growth. Additionally organic mulches provide nutrients to your plants as they breakdown.
- Give the soil a chance to warm. Mulching too early will actually slow down the warming process. Normally, mid- to late spring is the best time to put down mulch.
- Grass clippings should be one inch or less in height. If you are continuing to experience a trail of grass clumps, attach your bag and proceed mowing. You can always distribute your clippings with a lawn rake once you have finished mowing. The key to mulching is a good lawn mower.
- Red mulch typically decomposes more quickly than other natural bark mulch, because it's often made from recycled wood chips. Brown mulch is a nice touch to any lawn and garden, and its natural color makes both light and darker-colored plants appear vibrant when paired together.
These plants grow and flower best in the warm months of late spring, summer, and early fall; they're cold tender and may perish in a late frost if planted too early in spring. In cold-winter climates, set out warm-season annuals after the danger of frost has passed. In warm-winter areas, plant them in midspring.
- These plants grow and flower best in the warm months of late spring, summer, and early fall; they're cold tender and may perish in a late frost if planted too early in spring. In cold-winter climates, set out warm-season annuals after the danger of frost has passed. In warm-winter areas, plant them in midspring.
- Frost or freezing occurs when the temperature of air falls below the freezing point of water (0 °C, 32 °F, 273.15 K). This is usually measured at the height of 1.2 m above the ground surface. There is a rather subjective scale to show several degrees of frost severity: slight frost: 0 to −3.5 °C (32.0 to 25.7 °F)
- Perennial plants are the backbone of nearly every flower garden. Unlike annual plants, which must be replanted each spring, herbaceous perennials die to the ground at the end of the season, and then regrow from the same roots the following year.
Updated: 15th October 2018