The Q&A Archives: Mulch around perennials

Question: I was wondering how close I place mulch (cypress) around my newly planted perennials? The flowers are supposed to spread, so do I need to watch that the mulch isn't smothering the flowers from spreading? Thank you for any help.

Answer: Keep the mulch an inch or two away from the stems of your plants. Trailing or spreading plants will root in the mulch and the roots will eventually find the soil, unless you have weed barrier in place. In this case, allow the plants to send out stems, then slit the weed barrier so the stems can root in the soil.

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