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Re: Re: mulch

Even w/ 2 compost piles going all the time and lots of leaves, I still
need mulch. Cedar is best under the roses particularly - keeps some bugs
away. Remember w/ heat - mulch breaks down FAST. I have to reapply it
every three months. You may not have to up there.

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: 5/10/2004 4:42:07 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] mulch

> Am I the only person in the world who doesn't use commercial mulch?  I won't 
> say I have never bought mulch - some years ago I invested in a few bags of 
> cocoa hulls for a bed that needed more help than I could provide, and I use salt 
> hay in the vegetable garden when I can find it.  Other than that I use 
> compost, leaves, pine needles and well rotted wood chips the tree man leaves us when 
> we have tree work done.  The chips have to rot for two or three years before 
> they are good for mulch.  Lots of my neighbors use that awful red stuff - sorry 
> if I'm offending anyone but I think it is hideous.  Maybe I'm backward.
> Auralie
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