How to mulch?

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Old 08-09-14, 06:03 PM
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How to mulch?

I would like to mulch our rose and types of plants to protect from heat and save water. One problem I always face is when I want to fertilize the plant e.g. with granules, I have to clear the mulch around each plant and then replace. This is a tedious work and lot of waste of mulch.

I am looking for some suggestions!

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You should leave a void around the plant anyway so the shaft of the plant can dry out from ground moisture and prevent rot. Rose roots are not that voluminous, so fertilizing within a foot of the plant should not burn it.
 
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Thanks for the quick response Chandler!

I usually fertilize an area of about 12-24 inches circle around the plants, of course depending on the size of plant. But that is also the area I like to cover with mulch to protect the soil from sun. So I was wondering what others are doing to fertilize without disturbing the mulch. Only way I can think of is using water soluble fertilizers and no granules, right?
 
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The water soluble would have been my choice rather than moving mulch each time.
 
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Water soluble mixed in a known volume of water so we get the correct amount according to directions. Apply the mixture by drip irrigation using a regulated siphon hose.

An old - long ago deceased nurseryman - once told me " if it wasn't for fertilizer I would most likely be out of business" . Yes, you get the gist of his statement.
 
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