July 30, 2021

Mulching My Pinetum

There's always so much to do to maintain the beauty of all the gardens at my Bedford, New York farm.

As many of you know, I am a serious and passionate gardener, and over the years have designed many gardens around my home. One area that is constantly evolving is my pinetum - an arboretum of pine trees and other conifers I developed about 12-years ago in a field behind my Equipment Barn. This collection has grown extremely well, and I continue to plant additional specimens every year. This week, my outdoor grounds crew covered the area with mulch. Doing this better regulates the soil temperature - keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter, adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down, and helps prevent the growth of weeds. Mulched areas also don’t need regular watering or mowing like lawns do. Fortunately, we are able to make lots of mulch, and compost, right here at my farm.

Enjoy these photos.