Yea you're right, I actually just started recently and in the process of trying to learn from my current garden that I'm interning at. But I guess you are right, I am kinda rushing because I want to see results fast but I know gardening doesn't work like that. But I do research the plants though, but maybe I should go more in depth. Thanks for the advice.it is apparent @Heruga that your new to gardening. and in a rush to get it done. Even after 27 years of gardening on this property I take my time. Prior to buying any new plants, I research it, note the area that they will live on if it is an area they like, if I have no area for something I do no buy it. Will it work with plants near, is the sun enough or too much etc. After I purchase my plants, they are then set out in that area---still in the pots. I then continue to make sure it works well in that spot. And I make sure the hole is dug big and the earth loosened up well when put back into the hole around the new baby. A good garden takes years to happen. It is not just a season. Haste makes waste my friend, especially when it comes to gardening.
Can you still put mulch over it though? Everywhere I go I see everyone put mulch like at least 5 inches above the surface of the rootball covering the trunk. And I'm not sure if thats the right thing to do eitherIt is also important not to plant too deep, especially with trees. The root flare should be visible. The root flare is where the roots begin on the trunk and should be slightly above soil level. On other plants, with the exception of tomatoes, this also applies. By planting too deep the soil will abrade the stem causing it to rot and the plant die.
Keep the mulch away from the trunk of trees and from the root flareCan you still put mulch over it though? Everywhere I go I see everyone put mulch like at least 5 inches above the surface of the rootball covering the trunk. And I'm not sure if thats the right thing to do either
Ok will do. Is it though because it suffocates the plant? Or is it because if too much moisture is trapped then the root can rot? I really wonder why so many people build a volcano mulch around the trunk..Keep the mulch away from the trunk of trees and from the root flare
Mainly it is the moisture being trapped in the bark but also suffocation. Why folks do it? I guess no one ever told them not to. Most people don't know what a root flare is much less how to plant a tree. I see advertisements on TV (scotts I think) where a couple is planting a container tree and when they put it in the hole it is about 4 inches too deep. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20789162,00.htmlOk will do. Is it though because it suffocates the plant? Or is it because if too much moisture is trapped then the root can rot? I really wonder why so many people build a volcano mulch around the trunk..
It is. In a perfect world you would mulch out to the drip line.That was such a useful video. Thanks. Wow then I guess all those people planting their trees in their yard have no idea what they're doing. But I thought the mulch's primary purpose was to retain moisture and keep the plants from drying out.
Oh I see. Something else new I learned. Wow I really learned some new things since joining this forum!Yes, but not because of the space. A root will follow the contoured side of a round hole whereas in a square hole when it comes to a corner it will just keep growing into the native soils.
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