adding mulch to peony flower beds
Jane Colclasure

Adding Mulch

Adding two inches of winter mulch -- straw, dry leaves, or compost -- is necessary for peonies in the first year. This prevents frost heaving (partial lifting of a plant out of soil and/or damage to crown and roots caused by soil's rapid freezing and thawing). When you see green tips emerge in the spring, remove the mulch.

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