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Re: Re: mulch


Howard Garrett (the Dirt Doctor) says - Nature doesn't allow bare soil - why would you??  He's so right!

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Kitty
Sent: 5/10/2004 8:25:28 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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.

> 

> Kitty

> 

> ----- 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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