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Too late to mulch a spring border?

Totally missed my chance to get a mulch of leaf mold down in my spring border/area and now all the bulbs are coming up so not sure whether to do it now or wait til later in the year.

The soil really needs improving as it's raised, dry and under a large twisted willow but if I'm my usual clumsy self will the foliage suffer from getting the leaf mold on them or too close up around their base?   Got a lot of celandine coming through too - it'll be hard to avoid those - will they just push through or will they rot?


  • Never to late, might set them back a little most wont suffer at all and will just continue to grow.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • Music to my ears - thanx a lot :)
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    If you are worried about plants or seedlings you just have to do the job more slowly and carefully. Nothing on earth will stop the celandine, however.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,707
    if you find anything which kills celandine, let me know.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,940
    If it's not too big an area and you have the patience, you could try putting a plastic plant pot temporarily over each spring bulb while you spread the leaf mould around them.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Know what you mean about Celandine - this is what's left after a bit of a clear out last year lol

    Lizzie, that's a great idea!  It'll stop my clumsy feet squashing them as well :smiley:
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