The Q&A Archives: Mulch around flowers

Question: My home owners association planted flowers last week and placed mulch around them. Will the mulch hurt the flowers from growing?

Answer: The mulch not only makes an area look neat and clean, it will also suppress weeds, slow evaporation and provide nutrients to the roots of the plants. Mulch is a good thing! But if it is too close to the leaves or the stems of the flowers, it should be brushed back a little so it won't hold too much moisture against the stems of the plants. That could cause rot.

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