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Too Much Mulch Killing Your Plants? - Lawn Care & Landscape Tips

mulchIt is that time of year when everyone gets out into there landscapes and works on beautifying the outside of their homes. Mulching is a big part of your lawn care regiment, but it has to be done properly whether it's done by the homeowner or a professional landscaper.

I have been out treating lawn and landscapes for a couple of weeks now and I already see a pet-peeve popping up (try saying that three times fast!). The peeve is too much mulch around the base of the plants.

When Mulching Turns Bad...

Mulching is great for retaining moisture and reducing the amount of weeds in the landscape. Mulch can also prevent weeds from growing in your beds and stealing essential nutrients from your plant life.  In addition to the mulch, a good coat of pre emergent weed control can go a long way towards keeping your beds weed free.

However, keep in mind that when mulching, put down no more than two inches of mulch. Most importantly, and my big pet peeve, don't put ANY mulch around the base of the plants and trees in the landscape.  Keep the mulch at least two inches away from the trunk of the plant.

Why Does Too Much Mulch Kill Plants?

Trees and shrubs do a lot of their respiration at their base. So, be sure to keep this area clear of mulch. Otherwise, you can choke plants out; killing them.

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