27 Oct Ask Flora: Mulching and Leaves in Water Features
Okay. I agree with you that I need a little break from planting so what’s something I can do during this time to help my garden?
~Can’t Give it Up Completely
Dear Can’t Give it Up-
OK, I will admit-my garden energy is already back too. So much for a rest! Ha! I must press on. So on my project list this week is mulching. It’s sunny this week and a perfect time because we have been freezing at night here and there. And of course, there is more ice to come. Mulching will protect your wonderful plants and make your beds look better too. Apply at least three inches and while I’m at it-I cannot finish writing about this topic without at least mentioning the organic options for mulch. As you know, I believe in the importance of the stewardship of our world and when the Northwest Flower and Garden Show recently announced their next theme of sustainability-I was totally thrilled. So anyway, consider leaves (shredded), bark, pine needles or other mulches that come from the ground. Why put something that doesn’t really belong there? With the organic mulches, your ground, plants and world will thank you.
How do I protect my water features from leaves in the fall and winter?
~Want it Clear
Dear Want it Clear-
You don’t! Well, there are a few ways dependent on the feature itself but in general you should try the following:
- When you plan additional features, do not put trees that shed their leaves over the top of them.
- If it is a body of water (like a pond), staple netting on a frame and place it over the top. Doesn’t look pretty, however.
- Clean it out! Pretend they are gutters and plan it on your garden schedule to pull the dead leaves away from your water feature.