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RE: what kind of mulch???

I've had really good luck with shredded bark, we buy it at the
landscaping place by the cubic yard. It spreads easy, does a good job of
holding water in the soil and looks nice for about 3 years. When we get
it I spread it about 4" to 6" thick. I have heard that you get problems
due to lack of nitrogen as it breaks down but I have not noticed that in
my garden. If you have a lot of small plants you have to be careful not
to smother them while you're spreading it.
Spoiled hay with sheep manure is really good for your soil, but looks
like, ummm, what it is and besides you might have problems finding it in
your neighborhood. But I'd be glad to donate if you want to pick up.
Free horse manure too, all you want. Give me a couple weeks notice and
I'll throw in 50 pounds of chicken poo.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Theresa G.
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 3:53 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] what kind of mulch???

Spring is here!  If they'd had tomato plants at Capital Nursery, I would

have bought them today : )

Anyway-  I want to mulch my gardens well this year (trying to save money

on the water bill!)- so looking for advice.  What kind of much is best
for water conservation, good for the soil, won't breakdown in only one
season, etc.???  Shredded, nuggets, bark, cedar, redwood?????  Anybody
know anything about this?


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