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December 7, 2013

Sacramento Connect: Best of Home & Garden blogs

Sacramento radio host Farmer Fred Hoffman, author of the Farmer Fred Rant, considers whether mulch helps or hurts citrus.

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings: www.sacramentoconnect.com.

•  Sacramento radio host Farmer Fred Hoffman, author of the Farmer Fred Rant, considers whether mulch helps or hurts citrus:

“I love mulch. That would be obvious to anyone who has ever talked gardening with me. Big piles, small piles, inches of mulch scattered everywhere. Love it! …

“But a long-held recommendation from the University of California flies in the face of the ‘all mulch, all the time’ rule regarding protecting citrus from the effects of freezing temperatures: ‘A cover crop or mulch can lower minimum temperature at night, posing an increased threat from freeze damage.’

“So, our advice has been over the years: Rake away mulch from beneath citrus before an expected frost or freeze.

“Now, the California Landscape Contractors Association is offering the opposite advice in a release regarding frost protection: ‘Mulching with a partially composted material is one the best ways to protect plant roots because it helps insulate the soil, reducing heat loss and minimizing temperature fluctuations.’”

Read more (including Farmer Fred’s conclusions) at: http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com.

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