It’s finally warm enough to add fresh mulch around trees and shrubs. Your layer should be no more than two inches deep, and never touch the bark of the plant’s trunk. Instead, pull the mulch at least an inch away from the bark of any plant.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
The soil and air are warm—plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, melons and other summer crops now. After you’ve finished planting the summer crops, remember a mulch of heat-treated straw around them will reduce diseases caused by infected soil splashing up on leave as well as preserve moisture around the roots. It will last all season, can’t add weeds (heat treating kills weed seeds) and improves the soil as it breaks down next winter.