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Mulching around shrubs

Posted by katrina_ellen 5b (My Page) on
Thu, May 15, 14 at 11:42

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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RE: Mulching around shrubs

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 ...


RE: Mulching around shrubs

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

RE: Mulching around shrubs

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

good luck


RE: Mulching around shrubs

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.

RE: Mulching around shrubs

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.
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