I guess it is almost time to put our summer gardens to bed and get ready for fall.
I wanted to share a tip on mulch maintenance that I've learned through trial and error. If any of you use Pine Straw for mulching, you know this time of year it can be easily be covered by falling leaves. When it comes time for fall cleanup, instead of raking up the leaves with a leaf rake, use a soft bristle broom or straw broom, (the kind you use to sweep floors) to sweep the leaves off of the pine straw. The broom will sweep the leaves off without picking up your pine straw much. Then you can freshen up your mulch with more pine straw if you need to. Happy Gardening!