Here are a few things to think about when mulching your raised beds:
- Use an organic mulch like pine straw, straw, leaves, grass clippings, or a hardwood mulch.
- Avoid the colored mulches. I did that last year and didn't see any benefit. I don't know if they have harmful chemicals in them or not but they are a little more expensive.
- Put your irrigation system (soaker hoses and drip lines) under the mulch. Keeping the hoses under the mulch keeps the water under the mulch which reduces evaporation. More water to the plants root systems means more vegetables for you. That's always a good thing!
- If you choose to use a plastic mulch (I prefer organic) put your irrigation system in first so it can go underneath the mulch.
- If you use grass clippings make sure you are using them from non-chemically treated lawns and from grass that hasn't gone to seed. Unless you like fescue in with your tomatoes, I don't!
If you haven't gotten your mulch down yet it's time to start, things are only going to get warmer here in Tennessee!