Calling all gardeners: It’s much ado about mulch!

It's Move That Mulch time once again! 

Last holiday season, Clean North chipped thousands of Christmas trees into mulch, helping to extend the life of our local landfill and creating a marvelous mountain of mulch! 

Now we're ready to share that mulch with the community during our annual Move That Mulch event on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9 am to noon in the Algoma University parking lot at 1520 Queen Street East, in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. There's no cost but we do accept donations to help fund our worthy array of community programs. 

We will also be selling rain barrels, bat houses, coir blocks and a limited supply of conifer tree seedlings. 

For more information, please call Clean North at 705­945­1573 or email us at info@cleannorth.org


About mulch….

Mulch gives your garden a tidy appearance and provide many benefits to your soil and plants, including suppressing weeds, keeping moisture in the soil, keeping soil cooler in summer, insulating plant roots from temperature fluctuations in winter, and adding oganic matter to your soil as it breaks down. Mulching tips:

  • Consider applying a nitrogen-based fertilizer such as bloodmeal before applying wood-based mulch as it can take up nitrogen as it begins to decompose. 
  • Leave space between plant stems and mulch, as mulch close to stems can foster diseases and provide cover for plant-eating insects and other pests.
  • Apply a mulch layer no more than 1 to 3 inches thick. Too little mulch is not effective and too much can cause problems (mulch may rot too fast or prevent water from getting to the soil).  
  • Water fresh mulch thoroughly after applying. 
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