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Mulching - Mulch with 2 to 4 inches of oak leaves, pine needles, wood-chips, sawdust, rock or bark. This helps conserve moisture, keeping the soil cool and restricting weed growth. Make sure that the mulch does not bury the stem of the rhododendron and/or azalea.

Weed Control - Rhododendrons are surface feeders and should have limited cultivation. Weeds may be pulled or shaved off with a sharp hoe. Newspapers or landscape cloth can also be used under bark as a ground cover to control weeds. Chemical weed killers can by used, but be very careful, read the directions carefully.