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Helpful tip from The Garden Geeks: Be sure to time your mulching just right. If you do it to early, you may smother tender shoots from seedlings or established plants trying to reach for the sun. If you mulch too late, you could have a full blown weed problem. Always try to mulch in early spring around shrubs and trees, and mid spring around perennials and seedlings. Early mulching may also slow plant growth because it takes longer for the ground to warm up. Don't forget to mulch your veggies and annuals once they are established, this helps keep their roots cool on those hot summer days.