I just remove scapes as well, and I trim back the foliage somewhat and remove all the dead stuff, just to neaten up the beds. I mulch if I can, but they don't really need it. The mulch I use is composted cow manure, so it's getting some fertilizer at the same time, and improving the soil as time goes on.
Black Kow is great composted cow manure. Like mentioned above, its fine and not at all clumpy, easy to mix in. It comes in a bright yellow bag. Down here its everywhere, good thing its nice, cuz no other choice.
I can't remember WHO I saw advertising it! But, I was hoping to pick up some. I know it wasn't local - we don't have ANY selection on anything...but it seems like it was somewhere relatively close. Gotta remember where I saw that...
lol...yea thats not going price. I dont know how much it weighs, but I pay about 6 bucks for the big bags. 25lbs maybe. I did pay about 10 bucks for a little bag of plantone the other day. I darn sure didnt want to, it just helps the new plants so much, I went for it.
Its made by a company called Espoma. If you google Plantone, it will come up. Im at a loss on how to copy and past on this MAC. Still learning. Its an organic soil conditioner and it was someone on Daves that told me about it a good five years ago. I was always willing to go the extra step when I got a plant or two. I would fall off the wagon if I got a box full. It certainly made a differece. I also always now water in with a transplanting/starter fertilizer. Big help.