Spring Mulching Made Easier: Duh! Why did I not think of this?

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 Spring Mulching Made Easier

By mcash70
February 13, 2014

If you have perennial beds that need mulch or compost this spring, try this idea.

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Feb 12, 2014 6:20 PM CST
What a great idea! This is something I definitely need to do this spring and it never occurred to me to just put empty pots over the existing plants. (smacking forehead here). Thank you!
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Feb 12, 2014 6:29 PM CST
Genius!

Thank you!

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lovemyhouse
Feb 12, 2014 6:30 PM CST
Margaret, you are a genius!
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springcolor
Feb 12, 2014 6:31 PM CST
I agree with everyone!!! Great idea!!!!!!
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rocklady
Feb 12, 2014 6:39 PM CST
I agree Great idea.
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abhege
Feb 12, 2014 6:39 PM CST
I agree great idea!
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Xeramtheum
Feb 12, 2014 6:43 PM CST
Brilliant!
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Joannabanana
Feb 12, 2014 6:47 PM CST
Fantastic Idea Thumbs up Thumbs up
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mcash70
Feb 12, 2014 6:58 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thanks everyone, for the great comments, Thumbs up and Acorn acorn tips. I tip my hat to you. I am so glad all of you like the idea. I cannot claim it as my idea, I saw it in a magazine a long time ago. Green Grin!
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 12, 2014 7:08 PM CST
A most excellent solution!!!! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Feb 12, 2014 7:09 PM CST
Ah, but a brilliant idea, not shared, is either useless or selfish! Hilarious!
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 12, 2014 7:17 PM CST
So true woofie, so true!
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Feb 12, 2014 8:44 PM CST
I agree I agree I agree I agree and we all know Margaret is neither. Glad of it, too. Lovey dubby
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 12, 2014 8:46 PM CST
Amen.
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Feb 12, 2014 8:47 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Group hug
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Lizzipa
Feb 12, 2014 9:17 PM CST
Thanks for sharing this great tip!
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RickCorey
Feb 12, 2014 9:30 PM CST
I'm guessing that you'll get a record number of acorns in the first few days!

Very timely tip, at least for where I live. Where the snow is three feet deep, people are probably WISHING they could be out mulching their beds!

Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Feb 12, 2014 10:35 PM CST
Lizzipa said:Thanks for sharing this great tip!


I agree Hurray! Thumbs up

I thought a person shouldn't put wood mulch around hostas. Blinking Confused

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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Feb 13, 2014 12:00 AM CST
Thank you Liz and Marilyn I tip my hat to you.

@Marilyn, I have been using the wood mulch for years and my Hostas do great. I'm glad you like my garden ornaments, the birds love that fountain. Smiling Thank you for the Acorn tip. I tip my hat to you.

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Skiekitty
Feb 13, 2014 12:03 AM CST
Marilyn - I dunno about hostas, as I always mulch mine. But I know that you're not supposed to mulch irises 'cuz it can & will cause rot (holds too much moisture).

Rick - You have that much snow right now? Didn't think you got that much in your zone.

Margaret - GREAT idea... but won't work for me as I have too many roses that are too big. LOLL.. but should have thought of this years ago!! I kinda do the opposite.. put buckets around small delicate plants and FILL with mulch to protect from the extreme cold.
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