How to protect seedlings & sprouts when applying mulch

Photo by Maxine Osiewicz
Tiny lupine sprouts before mulching. Photo by Maxine Osiewicz

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Usually I share tips that I hear from another gardener, but I’m proud to say I came up with this tip myself.

My sister, Maxine Osiewicz of Clarence, was telling me about her big project for the weekend. She and her husband Bob were going to spread mulch on their garden beds.

jar protecting sprout before mulching in Clarence NY
Jar to protect sprout during mulching. Photo by Maxine Osiewicz

The problem, she said, was that there were some tiny lupine plants coming up and she didn’t want to cover them up with the mulch. While the plants probably would grow anyway and bust through the mulch eventually, who wants to wait for them to reappear again? Besides, they might get damaged by a rake or by somebody stepping on them as the mulch was spread.

I suggested that she use something like a old margarine tub to cover the plant while they spread the mulch.

She said it was a brilliant idea and I humbly agreed. Maxine used an olive jar and it worked well.

As she always says, we love stories with happy endings.

Happy sprout safe after the mulching process. Photo by Maxine Osiewicz
Happy sprout that is safe and visible after the mulching process. Photo by Maxine Osiewicz

 

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