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Old 03-25-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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Wink Mulch - the do's and don'ts

So we will all be putting out mulch very soon.

I wanted to touch base and give you a few pointers

Mulching should be done after planting is completed.
Acceptable mulches include shredded hardwood bark, pine needles, coarse compost, pecan shells, and shredded cypress bark. Shredded native cedar is the best of all.
Mulch should be at least 2 deep on top of planting beds, and deeper around larger plants.
Mulching helps hold moisture in the beds, controls weeds, and buffers soil temperature. It also enriches the soil as it decomposes.

What not to do

Don't use colored mulch
Why ?
read this
http://www.natureswayresources.com/n...m_medium=email

Try to buy the right type of mulch-

TIP- here pretty soon the biggest mulch yard "Living Earth Technology" has a one day sale- for something like $12 a cubic yard - a full truck load

What I have found is this mulch is not ready for your yard as it has not aged long enough

Here is what to do - BTW I learned this from a former blogger with the Chronicle, Brenda Beust Smith

As mulch decomposes it adds valuable nutrients to the soil. But its decomposition processes require nitrogen, which it temporarily draws out of the soil. True the decomposing mulch returns this nitrogen back to the soil. But the temporary deficit can be traumatic to plant roots.
Take newspaper and put down first. It will not only retard weeds, it also keeps the mulch from pulling nitrogen out of the soil. Buying mulch from a reputable dealer you can trust is very important, and you do get what you pay for.
Still-too-ripe mulch will gradually decompose anyway, but it's not such a traumatic event for your plants.
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What is your thought on live oak leaves around maters, etc in the garden. Some say the leaves are acidic? I always have an abundance of those type leaves for the garden this time of year. Provides great ground cover for weeds, and holds in moisture.
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Good tips thanks.

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What is your thought on live oak leaves around maters, etc in the garden. Some say the leaves are acidic? I always have an abundance of those type leaves for the garden this time of year. Provides great ground cover for weeds, and holds in moisture.
I would have no issue using it .... it's natural, and would break down over time ....

I would prefer to mix it in a compost pile for a little time to help break down the leaves and the gras would add nitrogen to the plant itself.

Kind of like a course compost- but would be balanced with Nitgorgn:carbon
Grass:Leaves
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I called Living Earth about their spring sale they usually do this time of year for Mulch.

The mgr, said they will likly do it the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in April.

This is a killer deal!!!!
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Dont know if any of yall are in the humble area but in atascocita there is a yard called cheaper than dirt mulch. There mulch is only $20/yard.

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