May 222013
 

This post brought to you by Scotts Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's that time of the year here in New England where we set out to begin our spring planting and prettying up our yards.  I usually buy a few perennials each year and a few annuals. But every year I always buy mulch – I just love the way it looks and love the benefits I get from it.  

You can have a great looking garden – just like these:
 
 
I love the gardens above.  I am currently working on one like you see next the house (pic on left) and have one like you see in the pic on the bottom. This year – I've added two trees to that mixture – a dogwood and another liliac tree. 
 
Creating one of those gardens is easy using a few simple tools : 
  • Garden shovel
  • Little garden shovel/trowl
  • A 3-prong handheld rake
  • Fertilizer – when transplanting you should fertilize to avoid transplant shock
  • Plants/shrubs
  • Mulch – you have to use mulch – seriously, it makes all the difference in the world in keeping your garden looking attractive as well as the soil from having weeds break through or drying out the soil too fast
  • Border (if you'd like a decorative border)
As I've said earlier – I buy a few plants/shrubs each year but always by more mulch to replenish the old and add to the new planting areras.  That said, I've just learned of a product I had no idea existed – Scotts Florida Select Natural Eucalyptus Mulch. Unfortunately, this product is only for Floridian's, but that's okay – Scotts does have other products for the rest of us 🙂  But for those of you in Florida – this mulch is a great tool for you!
 
Why would those in Florida want to use this Eucalyptus Mulch? 
  • Scotts Florida Select Natural Eucalyptus Mulch is made from 100% Florida-grown Eucalyptus – it's great for sustainable gardening.  It's considered being a renewable resource because it re-grows up to four (4) times faster than Cypress.  It's sustainably harvested and plantation grown. 
  • It's made from 100% plantation-grown Eucalyptus trees.  It comes with a guarantee that it's free from any demolition, pallet, construction, or other waste materials.
  • The Eucalyptus Mulch is effective – naturally preventing weeds when using a 3" layer as it blocks growth and access to sunlight.  It helps conserve soil moisture and moderate soil temperature.
  • It's locally grown: 100% Florida-grown that in turn helps support your local economy.
How should you use Scotts Florida Select Natural Eucalyptus Mulch?
  • Spread 3" deep  
  • Keep mulch several inches from tree trunks and around house foundations or other wood structures.
When and where do you apply the product? 
  • Around trees
  • Around shrubs
  • Around flowers or vegetables (after seeds have germinated and you have developing plants)
Do Not Use:
  • Before seeds have germinated
  • Around underdeveloped plants
  • Within several inches of house foundations or other wood surfaces
How much do you need?
The coverage area you can expect from a 2 cu. ft. bag:
  • 12 sq. ft of bedding at a depth of 2 inches
  •   8 sq. ft at a depth of 3 inches
  •   6 sq. ft at a depth of 4 inches
I am jealous of the Floridian's for the mere fact that this Eucalyptus mulch is for Floridian's; however I have the option to use Scotts Nature Scapes mulch.  This mulch comes in 3 colors: Classic Black, Sierra Red (my favorite) and Deep Forest Brown.  They are all natural forest products, so there is no waste wood and it comes in a variety of textures.  The Scotts Mulch helps to prevent weeds (I hate weeding), helps to maintain moisture, and it creates a groomed landscape all year long.  Of course, all these products mentioned can be found in gardening supplies.  
Are you one to manicure your yard?  I'd love to hear your tips. 

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