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RE: CULT: results of twigs for shade experiment

  • To: iris-talk <iris-talk@egroups.com>
  • Subject: RE: [iris-talk] CULT: results of twigs for shade experiment
  • From: "J.F. Hensler" <christyh@povn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 15:44:39 -0700
  • Encoding: 31 TEXT

I've used the same method of mulching daylilies and irises that have 
arrived too late to "safely" plant in late Fall.

The branches seem to trap extra warmth next to the transplants and keep the 
soil from freezing as quickly so they have additional time to get their 
roots down. The snow forms a nice little igloo over the top of the branches 
in the winter. Left on after the snow goes, they get the new things off to 
a quick start.

Christy Hensler
Newport, WA
Zone 4b

From:  linda Mann
Sent:  Saturday, August 26, 2000 3:11 AM
To:  iris-talk
Subject:  [iris-talk] CULT: results of twigs for shade experiment

We had good soil moisture a few weeks back so I went ahead and planted
some new aquisitions right in the ground, rather than starting them in
pots, then piled little heaps of freshly cut leafy twigs on top of
them. <snip>

It worked great!  The twiggy parts kept the leaves from packing down &
even tho all these trees have leaves that decompose quickly, in the dry
heat of summer, they have held together so far & have made a nice airy
mulch that kept the soil right around the plants from drying out for
several days between showers.<<

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