Let’s clear up confusion on using bark as mulch, plus tips for May and news on spotted lantern fly

holly raguza, Bugwood.org
Spotted lanternfly can cause damage to grapevines and trees. Photo courtesy holly raguza, Bugwood.org

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Articles are now available in the May edition of the new online publication called WNY Gardening Matters produced by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in Erie County.

These articles are free. The Master Gardeners tell me when the newest articles are available and I share them with you.

In this issue are:

Woof! No, Bark!

You may have heard that using bark as mulch is good because it provides nutrition for your plants, or that it’s bad because it eats up nitrogen making the nitrogen unavailable to your plants. This article clears up the confusion on using bark as mulch.

This Month in the Garden

As the weather gets warmer, gardeners often want to jump ahead and plant tomatoes and other tender crops earlier than they should. You have to think not only about frosts, but about soil temperature, too. Planting too early in cold soil can lead to poor growth and disease. Get the scoop on soil temperature as well as more timely information for May in this article.

Invasives: Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly is pretty, but its feeding activities do a lot of damage to grapevines, trees grown for fruit and trees grown for wood. It has been identified in Pennsylvania. Learn more in this article.

4 Comments on “Let’s clear up confusion on using bark as mulch, plus tips for May and news on spotted lantern fly

  1. Could there be a follow-up to the article ‘This Month in the Garden’? More information on cutting back perennials & when for more bushy growth & flowers.
    Love your newsletter.

  2. Connie,
    Thank you for making these articles available to your readers. There is always more to learn about our surroundings and general gardening.

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