mulching hosta beds
I understand how a thick layer of mulch helps retain moisture in hosta beds, but I want to know how to pick up the fall leaves off the mulch without taking it all away. I have mulched a couple of beds and I have to hand pick the leaves each fall, as my husband sucks up the leaves with his blower vac and it sucks away all my mulch as well. My LARGE tree is a shademaster locust and I also have an ivory silk tree lilac in the back and a LARGE ASH in the front put in by the buider 30 years ago, but we also get maple leaves and poplar leaves as well as oak leaves coming in from the neighbours trees. My locust tree has small leaves but it is the stems from the ash and locust tree that do not seem to want to break down and I have to hand pick them out each spring. There has to be a better way to deal with it if you want to use cedar mulch. Any ideas out there from all you hosta lovers who have large lots full of trees and also use mulch from your beautiful pictures.