Saturday, April 2, 2011


Now that it's April, I feel I can clean some of the winter mulch up, without too much risk of freeze damage.  I managed to get quite a bit done this morning, and then went around with the camera to witness the progress.

The hyacinth tips are sticking out of the mulch.

The glory-of-the-snow are showing buds.  (The white spots are from Liquid Fence.)

The pussy willow was swaying in the wind --I think I took 50 photos just to get one in focus!


  1. Do you have to remove all the mulch every year?

  2. No, by winter mulch I just meant all the leave debris that falls --you must get a lot too, with all those trees, and all the leaves from the perennials that I didn't clean up during the fall. Some of it I leave, since it's a natural compost, but in some places it's so thick that I might never see the plants!

  3. Isn't it great to be able to find all the new green growth hiding under the leaves in spring? I did a lot of cleaning up during a warm week in March, then realized we could easily get a big freeze yet. But I had tulips trying to get through oak leaves, and I just couldn't wait to see everything coming up.

    Thanks for visiting me; always nice to meet a fellow Illinois gardener.