Mulch for winter protection?
Here in Massachusetts, creeping phlox is common over the edge of a high stone wall around a driveway -- parts of mine seems to get winter burn and then take the whole growing season to recover (with few flowers). Can I use a shredded leaf mulch to protect the plants? When do I apply it? Thanks
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Shredded leaves may compress too much, and I'd be worried that the creeping phlox (P. stolonifera) might rot underneath. You might try straw mulch, which would stay lighter and perhaps fluffier, preventing rot. Also, make sure your creeping phlox go into winter with plenty of soil moisture before the ground freezes; creeping phlox stresses in dry conditions.

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