‘Could choke plants’: Mulching ‘tricks’ to help avoid garden plant ‘root rot problems’


The gardening experts also advised gardeners to avoid placing mulch directly against plant crowns or tree bases. 

They said: “Mulch placed directly in contact with stems or tree trunks may retain excess moisture around the base of the plant.  

“Overly wet soil can foster a whole host of diseases, including crown rot. 

“High piles of mulch can also become a bit of a varmint hotel, attracting predatory insects and bark and stem-eating rodents.”

Instead the experts suggested giving the base of plants and shrubs a little bit of room to breathe.


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