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Mulching advice please

I’ve got a load of compost that I want to use to mulch my borders. I was thinking of leaving it until the soil is a bit warmer, but already every bit of space has young tulip and daffodil shoots poking through, and in a few weeks time there will be even more. Should I just mulch on top of emerging shoots and let them push through, or somehow try to just mulch the gaps?

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 9,672
    I don’t mulch til late March, when the soil has warmed up a bit, but there’s still a lot of moisture to lock in.  By that time the bulbs are up, so I can mulch round them, and I can also see the new growth on my perennials, which I mulch around rather than smother their crowns.  However, that is quite a fiddly way of doing it (and drives my OH mad 😠).

    Alternative is to cut everything down and mulch over the top of it all in late autumn, and the new growth will push through in the spring.
    We did not inherit the earth from our grandparents.  We’re borrowing it from our children.
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