Few tasks offer instant gratification in the garden. Mulching is a happy exception. Nothing quite dresses up your plantings and your lawn areas like freshly mulched garden beds. In addition to looking good, proper mulching prevents weed growth and promotes healthy plants.
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Perennials are the workhorse of the flower garden. In ideal conditions, they’ll spread and bloom season after season with very little maintenance. Over time, however, they can become overcrowded or outgrow their locations, requiring dividing and transplanting. The best time to do this is in when they’ve gone dormant, which for most plants occurs in the fall.
Creating professional beds with precise curves and straight edges is a cinch if you have the right tools. A proper edge shows your plants to their best advantage and prevents grass and weeds from creeping into your beds. It also makes mowing easier, reduces trim work and protects plants from mower damage.