The Q&A Archives: Mulch

Question: I live in a community where the outside lawn and shrubs are cared for. Red mulch is put down 2x yr. I just planted some annuals and mulch was deliberately not placed around them.When I questioned it was told mulch would kill the plants.A few weeks later they did die but I don't know if that was the cause or the cold temps at night. I live in Bonita Springs,FL. Thanks.

Answer: Red mulch won't kill plants, unless it is placed too close to allow air circulation and too thick to allow water penetration to the roots. I think your annuals were probably victims of the cold temperatures, not the lack of mulch material. Better luck with your next crop of annuals!

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