Can you put fertilizer on top of mulch?
You can apply a granular fertilizer on top of the mulch. Water in. It will make its way to the plant roots. Or you can apply a liquid fertilizer on the foliage and the 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.
- Even though weed growth slows in fall (some weeds do germinate between now and next spring), the mulch will still be intact to give good protection next growing season. One argument for adding it now is convenience. Fall is a lot less hectic for most gardeners than spring, and mulching is one job that can be split off.
- 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.
- Dyes used in making colored mulch are usually vegetable-based and therefore harmless. Unfortunately, the question of whether dyed mulches are safe does not end with determining the composition of the dye. The source of most dyed mulch is recycled wood. MSC stands for Mulch and Soil Council.
Mulch may make a garden look tidy, but the work it does to improve the growing conditions for plants is what makes it most appealing. Those layers of bark or pine straw also improve soil texture, suppress weeds, and conserve water.
- Compost is full of nutrients that we want to get down in the soil to feed the plants through their roots. In contrast, mulch is the layer of organic materials placed on the top of the soil as a protective cover. Mulch helps to suppress weed germination, retain moisture, insulate the soil, and reduce erosion.
- 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.
- You can apply a granular fertilizer on top of the mulch. Water in. It will make its way to the plant roots. Or you can apply a liquid fertilizer on the foliage and the mulch.
Create an open area in any existing mulch. Use your garden rake or hoe to clear away old mulch so you can move forward with planting. Plant your seeds in soil free from rocks, fertilizers or mulch material. New seeds require room to grow and may be overwhelmed by the chemicals present in fertilizers and some mulches.
- We have grouped the articles by planting seasons: Spring-Planted Bulbs include tender bulbs like Gladiolus and Dahlias and are planted in spring, flowering in summer. Fall-Planted Bulbs include Tulips and Daffodils and are planted in fall, blooming in spring.
- Here is a list of fall flowers that you can plant right now to keep your yard looking great.
- Asters. Asters produce pretty daisy-like flowers in a range of colors and, depending on the species, are frost tolerant.
- Cabbage and Kale.
- Here are 10 that should appear in every garden.
- Black-Eyed Susan. Commonly called Black-eyed Susan, rudbeckia is a joy to grow.
- Salvia. Few perennials are as versatile as salvia, also called perennial sage.
- Coreopsis. Do you want a burst of sunshine in your garden?
- Purple Coneflower.
- Bearded Iris.
Updated: 29th September 2018