We know you love that “pretty” red mulch, but…istock/CharlieTurchetta
It has been found to contain arsenic and other harsh chemicals that can be harmful to children and pets and will contaminate your soil.
Check out these gardening tips for beginners to learn what you should be doing when you start your landscaping or gardening.
Hate bagging leaves?istock/ukrainec
You don’t have to. If there’s just a light layer, go over them with your mower and leave them on your lawn. As they break down, they’ll help limit weeds from popping up. (For the sake of your neighbors though, just don’t use a leaf blower.)
You can send a sample of your soil to a local agricultural agency to have it tested.
Dig down six to seven inches deep and then gather two cups of dirt into sample bags. Mail them off to find out what nutrients you need.