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Re: Re:iris-talk OT:Mulch in Iris Beds!

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re:iris-talk OT:Mulch in Iris Beds!
  • From: Kitty Johnston <kitty@ojai.net>
  • Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2002 16:41:37 +0000

 I read in an old AIS bulletin (July?) that you could do that if you also add
sulphur.  It will prevent the rot.  I think it was written by the people at
Cooley's in OR.  THey ought to know.  If you don't have a copy, let me know and
I will send you one.

Kitty in Ojai

Bob & Donna Lockman wrote:

> Correction, already, Compost in iris beds...Hope we did an OK thing here. We
> have 4 iris beds. We top the Japanese Iris bed  with compost with no
> problems resulting. This year Bob started with compost and mulch in the rose
> beds and came on down into TB iris beds...then he asked me if he put the
> mulch where I wanted it! At first I panicked, all I could imagine was rot,
> rot , rot! I ran out to look and he had left a circle around the clumps of
> rhizomes with a radius of about 4 inches. say 8 to 12 inch circles depending
> on the clump. He said he wanted all the beds to look nice. You know how
> fresh newly topped beds look and smell...Well, I haven't removed any yet. I
> am thinking I will walk the gardens after it rains and if any washes onto
> the rhizomes then I will remove it? What do you think, will my iris stay
> healthy?I am nerveous about it. Should I be? He did this to two TB beds and
> to the bed of shorter irises too. Got to admit the place looks good . Bob is
> staying busy in the gardens now that he is retired. But he does get ahead of
> me on things sometimes!
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