Okay I have here some nice double sheared Canadian brown mulch and what we are going to do is we are going to top dress around this base of this perennial plant. You want to put about a inch to two inches of mulch down. This is going to help reduce water lost, it is going to help give those roots some protection during the winter time, in the winter months and it would also act as weed control. Weed barrier. I'm just going to put it around the base around the plant fairly heavy just sprinkling it around and kind of pushing up against the plant to keep it nice and protected there. There is all kinds of different mulches that you can get at your local garden center. There is all different colors too if you like to have stuff that is a little bit brighter colored.