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Mulch allowed to touch stems?

CraighBCraighB Posts: 738

Hi all,

I recently mulched my garden with well rotted manure and I read you should never let the mulch touch the stems and to leave a gap. However I just saw an old episode of gardeners world and Monty was mulching and he just chucked it on and it was smothering each plant and was right up to the stems too.

So which is the correct way??

Thanks :)


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    by the time the blackbirds have finished throwing it around, where you put it is irrelevantimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738

    Oh that's good to know :) just didnt want crowns and stems rotting over winter. Thanks for the replies image

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Don't forget that the plants, nor anything else in your garden, have neither read the books nor seen the television programmes, and they all get on just fine!

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738

    Mine isn't so much the birds that chuck the mulch everywhere it's all the cats from other houses digging in it and burying plants! However I seem to have stopped this now with hundreds of wooden BBQ skewers inserted into the borders and it has been weeks now since they did their business in my garden :) I know the skewers make the garden look ugly in the winter but I'm hardly out there much during the winter anyway.

    Last edited: 05 December 2016 14:02:00

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