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re: mulch

If you hate to weed or just dislike seeing bare ground that much, go ahead
and experiment with mulches.  The Couturiers at Sunnyridge Gardens use fresh
sawdust from a local mill to mulch everything they grow, including bearded
iris, which they grow for sale, so it can't be totally lethal.  Just stay
away from gooey mulch or anything with nitrogen in it.  If they die, you can
always get more.  Mulches which allow air circulation would be better than
ones that pack, so bark or wood chips?  rocks?  styrofoam snails?  (just
kidding!) pine needles?  As I may have mentioned before (!), some varieties
are more likely to tolerate mulch than others.  I just excavated some of my
oldies from under old dead fescue litter - their reward for making buds!

Linda Mann lmann76543@aol.com 

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