Thursday, October 6, 2011

Be Careful with Paper Mulch

Newspaper can be a very useful mulch when used correctly . But unless carefully laid out it can have unintended consequences.

These enormous lilies in The Parterre Garden had been heavily mulched last summer.  In autumn the plants of course died down and over the last six months the parent bulbs produced "pups" underground. The heavy mulch however stopped the new plants from emerging this spring and would have killed them if we hadn't thought to check.

Fortunately the pups where discovered in time and were safely potted up to grow on in our propagating area in The Shadehouse. For more on The Shadehouse click here

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