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RE: mulch

Kitty, when I can afford it, I use an (aged) composted pine mulch, mixed
with leaf molds.  Otherwise, we age our trimmings from all the downed
branches/limbs and brush once they've been run through the chipper shredder
and supplement our mulches with that.  (The exception is the black walnut
tree's trimmings, of course.   It only goes around the black walnuts! )  So
far, it works pretty well.  It does need to be "refreshed" or added to
spring and fall, but it has made so much difference to the quality of the
soil where I use it.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Judy L Browning
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 12:37 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] mulch

Pine bark is my new favorite. I like cedar bark, but husband is allergic, so
can't use it any more. Got some red fir bark once. It's maybe OK if you
never plan to touch the bed again. Full of tiny little sharp fibers that
irritate your skin and all orifices.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: "Agardenchat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 9:24 PM
Subject: [CHAT] mulch

> Question - poll, maybe.
> What kind of mulch do you use?
> I ask, because I spent the entire day at my niece's new house redoing her
> mulch.  In front, some lamebrain used black plastic about 15 yrs ago and
> then piled on the mulch.  The beautiful birch tree did find ways around it
> so that the roots were growing on top of the plastic in the somewhat
> decomposed mulch - of course making it harder to extract.  On top of this
> was some other mulch, hard to identify, more like sun-bleached wood scrap.
> In the back the previous owners had built a large deck.  When they
> landscaped around it they used fabric this time, but the holes they cut
> the plants were barely big enough for the trunks. One hibiscus had
> wrapped loosely 5 inches up the trunk.  Over this they had a layer of
> Cypress mulch, thin in some areas, thicker in others.  I fail to
> why this mulch is so popular.  In the 2 yrs it had hardened into an
> impermeable mat such that when I poured water on it, it just rolled off
> a duck's back.  so I cut out more fabric and broke up all the mulch -
> have pitched it, but tried to save her a little by just topdressing.  I
> pinebark all around.
> So why is cypress so popular other than that it takes forever to
decompose -
> another reason I don't like it?  As I understand, it is also in trouble,
> being harvested much too quickly.  Many local suppliers carry no pine
> products.  Those that do will get in 50 skids of cypress to one of pine.
> There's also hardwood mulch, but my experiences with that include bringing
> in my first slugs, and also it seems it's appearance is more variable.
> So what kind do you use, if you use mulch?
> Kitty
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  • References:
    • Re: mulch
      • From: "Judy L Browning" <judybrowning@lewiston.com>

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