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Re: mulch

Cathy, I like mulch for the benefits of keeping the beds cooler and
retaining moisture.  I like the finished look, too.  But another very
important reason for mulch is reducing disease.  When rain or sprinkler
water hits soil, it bounces up carrying pathogens from the soil onto the
leaves of plants.  So I generally don't leave bare ground.  In the past I
have used leaf mold as a mulch, I just don't have enough of it.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "cathy carpenter" <cathyc@rnet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 6:49 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] mulch

> Most people around here use landscaping cloth + rocks...ugh! When we
> purchased our house, it was just landscaping cloth plus cypress mulch.
> First thing I did was get rid of the cloth. The plants had roots on the
> surface, just under the cloth, obviously gasping for air, and the soil
> was wet, with a putrid smell. Needless to say I hate landscaping cloth
> unless I am doing a path. I generally don't use mulch except in those
> areas where I am trying to discourage grass. I would welcome advice on
> types that would work best.
> Cathy
> On Sunday, May 9, 2004, at 11:24 PM, Kitty wrote:
> > Question - poll, maybe.
> > What kind of mulch do you use?
> > Kitty
> >
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