The next step is to mulch, mulch, mulch. There are so many great materials for mulching, and its not too early to get started. Straw, wood shavings, leaves, cardboard, newspaper, compost, even pine needles in some cases can all be used for mulch. Placing a thick layer of mulch around all perennials, between garden beds and anywhere you don't want weeds is a simple process. Mulch will protect plants from drying out, heat fluxuations and the cold nights we still have in store. And of course it saves water by reducing evaporation from the soil surface, leaving more moisture for the plants and soil life forms. If you have questions or want to see some of these mulch types stop by our garden and see how we do it.
|Wood shavings over cardboard|
|Dry soil can be a weed barrier (think fallow) too|
|Compost - always a good choice|
|Leaf mulch before planting|
|Straw mulch - overwinter soil protection|
|Cardboard keeps the weeds down|