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Re: compost leaf mold as mulch

  • Subject: Re: compost leaf mold as mulch
  • From: Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Jul 2009 09:39:47 -0500

I do both Kitty, compost first then a layer of mulch (cedar in my case) on
top.  Seems to work well here anyway.

On 7/3/09, Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:
> I just finished remaking my large Hosta bed.  It was filled for almost 10
> yrs with some nice hostas, but then parts of it began developing fungal
> problems and the maple tree roots grew up into the soil.  It took a few
> years to dig it all out and sell most of it off, replanted some nice ones
> elsewhere.  Then I had to rebuild the soil which took me another year.  But
> this week I tackled it. Tilled, ammended, conditioned, fertilized
> (organically), and it came out looking pretty good.  Today I planted it.
> When it came to mulching I had some choices.  My usual pinebark mulch, some
> scrap mulch from the city, or leaf mold.
> I have a  big fence-bin of composted leaf mold about 2 yrs old, never
> turned.  It's rich dark brown and comes out in chunks when I dig into it.  I
> rub it through a sieve and get the most beautiful rich, fine-particled
> humusy material that if used as a mulch, I would hope would break down and
> continue feeding my soil.  Has anyone here used compost as a mulch?  Is it
> adequate for keeping soil moisture in and weeds out?  Or should I put a
> layer of regular mulch over it?
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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