Mulching around shrubs

katrina_ellenMay 15, 2014

I am planting a row of shrubs alongside my fence and because I am growing some Ninebarks I was going to bring the bed out past the area where the shrub ends due to the arching growth pattern and not being able to mow underneath them. After the ninebarks I am planting a few others that have an upright growth pattern and my question is - do you create a mulch ring around your shrubs or do you just grow the grass right up to the shrub? Probably a dumb question but I had considered creating a bed the same width along the entire side of the fence but its a lot of work and I don't think I need to with the upright ones. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

never allow grass up to ANY plant...

because you can never trust the idiot with the weedwhip ...

and in my yard.. i am that idiot..and i dont trust myself

grass is irrelevant ... to an established shrub... there might be a watering issue until such time ...

ken

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 1:12PM
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katrina_ellen

Ha! Thanks Ken, I would be that idiot too.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 2:31PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

thank god.. someone else with a sense of humor...

good luck

ken

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 6:56PM
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gardengal48

Lawns right up to the base of the plant also delay establishment. Turf grasses are very greedy competitors for nutrients and moisture. It is ALWAYS a good idea to keep a cleared area around any tree or shrub and then keep it mulched.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 1:18PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

An edging along with the mulch will help keep the grass at bay. You can cut in a V shaped channel along where you want the edge to be and renew it once or twice a season, or you can bury a metal or plastic edging. I use a plastic edging with old bricks on the inside edge to allow a place for the mower wheels to ride since DH does the mowing and hates cut in edges. I usually plant some perennials and bulbs near the outside of the bed to add interest while the shrubs are still small.
From 2013

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 9:30AM
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