Make all your watering and weeding efforts last by mulching around plantings and in pathways to minimize evaporation and compaction which keeps the soil moist longer, increases overall infiltration of waterings and suppresses unwanted plants.
o GO THICK! We recommend for most plantings a 2-3” layer of mulch but 4” is even better for perennials.
o LET YOUR PLANTS BREATHE! Most annuals feel cozy surrounded by a blanket of mulch but many perennials, especially woody plants such as shrubs and fruit trees prefer a little breathing room. Give these plants several inches clearance at their base to avoid fungal and other disease issues that can infect the bark. The mulch level at the base should never be higher than the soil level.
o BE ALERT & ADAPTABLE! The weather is getting more unpredictable. Observe how your plants behave in these unusual conditions and garden accordingly.