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Re: Re: Mulch - cedar chips

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: Mulch - cedar chips
  • From: "robert stewart" <crusher4@wnclink.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 16:02:34 -0400

Rosalie,

I agree and this is a great way of saying it.  I think it works great around my iris. Never on them.  May try doing what you did between rows.  Been using black plastic with ground up mulch material, think tree bark,etc.  None around the iris or to near.  Whole lot less borers.

                          Robert
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: RYFigge@aol.com 
  To: iris-talk@yahoogroups.com 
  Cc: dobowil@uswest.net ; ridener@idcomm.com ; doccarol@earthlink.net 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 12:24 PM
  Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: Mulch - cedar chips


  Or chjps in general.  Once upon a time  - as stories begin! - my daughter 
  lived in R.I. and  it gets very cold there.  So because of that reason, or 
  maybe she didn't know any  better at the time, she really mulched her irises  
  -   AND it worked fine!  Nobody in this region  had ever done such a thing 
  and were horrified and advised against  it,  However,  thru osmosis, I had a 
  little scientific experimental view and decided to mulch, but near the 
  irises, around them, NOT  on them.  And it worked fine for this area, and 
  soon others were trying it, and it is more or less an established practice .  
  There are many advantages, (since then I have added Weed-cloth between  the 
  "iris aisles" and under the weedcloth have folded newspaper as an added 
  prevention)  this helps to keep down the weeds,  it kkeeps some moisture sort 
  of handy in a drought (I also have soaker hoses on top of the mulch), the 
  garden looks so much better, and it is easier to walk among the irises.
  Now to mulch or not and to mulch ON the irises or not depends on WHERE the 
  irises are growing -- North, South, East, West ?  What is fine for New 
  England would not do for Alabama etc and so far, do we know where Laetitia 
  lives?  The only clue I have, it must be near water!  So she had better 
  decide what would be best for her area.  In the Spring, I would certainly 
  movethe mulch off the rhizomes in any area.   Before I mulched I used to put 
  handfuls of sand on top of the rz so they would not heave out of the ground 
  so much and during the winter that would be washed off by 
  Spring and it has helped my soil, with all the other stuff I.ve used.  End of 
  story!  Rosalie nr Baltimore  zone 7 which thinks it is in Texas in zone 9 
  with their heat and drought    ryfigge@aol.com














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