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Types of Mulches

Mulching is covering the soil with a thin layer of material to block weeds, retain moisture, increase nutrients and microbes in the soil and/or for appearance sake. There are different reasons to use mulch and different types of mulches. Ground bark mulches are good spread around trees and shrubs. Ground bark mulches will suck nutrients away from plants so I don't recommend using them near flowers and vegetables. Mature stable compost is better around flowers and vegetables because it will add nutrients to the soil not take away.  Shredded leaves from the year before are great to use as a mulch. Unshredded leaves may become matted and repel water.  Straw can be used but I find it to be expensive. Hay...

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Devine Gardens May 2016 Quarterly Winner

The winner of the May 2016 Devine Gardens quarterly drawing is PT from the central New York area.Plant shows are starting this weekend!!!Saturday, May 21st the Master Gardeners are having their Annual Plant Sale at Beaver Lake Nature Park in Baldwinsville from : 10:00 – 2:00.Saturday, May 28th Regional Market:Saturday, June 4th Plantasia Spring Plant Sale at Baltimore Woods. The event is also held Friday evening for members only and Sunday for general public.Saturday, June 18th Herb and Flower Festival in Oriskany, NY held by the Oneida County Master GardenersOn Thursdays starting May 19th I will be at the Fayetteville Farmers Market located in the parking lot near Bonefish Grill.Two new stores are selling Devine Gardens vermicompost this year, Evergreen...

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