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Questions tagged [mulch]

Mulches are gardener-applied ground covers.

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Do I have wood chips or mulch, and why do I want it?

I'm a first-time homeowner and pretty naive and often overwhelmed by home-related upkeep, especially related to gardening (see my very first question on this exchange for what still continues to vex ...
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Can I use nettle for mulching?

I left nettle (Urtica dioica) grow in a corner of my yard. I already made lots of natural liquid fertilizer out of it, but I have too many nettles left. Can I use them for mulching? I want to get ...
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Is Sawdust good for flower gardens?

So I live in Phoenix, AZ in a house neighboring my grandparents. Today we had to cut down a huge pine tree in our front yard because it had died from bark beetle (or some other parasite). I mentioned ...
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Mugho Pine browning

I have a Mugho pine in my front yard this is browning. I've examined it and it appears that dead needles and excess mulch exist, and roots are growing up into the mulch -- a process that I've read is ...
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Is it safe to use fresh pittosporum mulch?

We have a pittosporum hedge and I would like to mulch the prunings and use them on our garden. I have been told that using fresh pittosporum mulch is not safe but I can’t find out why not.
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Do I need to put a pile of wood chips on top of my potatoes?

I planted my potatoes near the surface so I could get the plants going quicker. Should I put a pile of wood chips on top of each potato, or build up the pile of wood chips as the season goes on?
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What is best to use for mulch in a garden?

I bought some natural cypress mulch for my tomatoes and then I was told not to use it because it would steal nitrogen. What is the best mulch and is there one that you can till in after the garden is ...
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Do I mulch now or later?

I have already planted, or scattered the seeds, for what I plan to do this year. (Unless the other half has more ideas, that is.) The soil was turned, but not treated in any manner. One bed has ...
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How to prevent mulch from moving

Last year I laid a lot of mulch down. After a few storms, the mulch ended up piling on one end of the landscaped area. Either it was blown or moved by rain water. Is there a good way to prevent mulch ...
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Using grass clippings for clearing the area of existing plants

I did first mowing this year, and have extra grass clippings. I would like to use the clippings to cover some areas, currently dominated by grass and weed, where I want to plant and sow some other ...
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Can blueberry bushes survive in clay soil long term with the right help?

Last year I planted three 1-year-old blueberry bushes in my back yard in clay soil and I've added several inches of mulch and soil amendments, but have a feeling that they won't do well in clay soil ...
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What to do with surplus thuja leaves after pruning?

We all know that there are tons of thuja leaves after pruning thuja hedges. Can thuja leaves be used as mulch (perhaps for acid-loving plants, let's say young pines, or vaccinum)? What if they are ...
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What can be done with hazelnut shells?

I've found a lot of empty and broken hazelnut shells lying under huge hazelnut shrub. (Most of them were eaten by squirrels but some have worm holes). Is it safe to use them for composting (maybe ...
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Should I use weed block for a tree mulch ring?

I'm considering adding mulch rings around my trees. I really don't want to spend all summer every year picking Weeds out of the mulch though. Would adding the black weed block cloth be problematic? I ...
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Will mulch on top of exposed tree roots cause rot?

I've been planning on adding a mulch circle around my trees for a while now and have time to do it this weekend. I've been reading that you shouldn't butt the mulch directly against the tree, as the ...
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Red Cypress Chips and their effect on soil

I'm currently using a red cypress chip on my garden. Does anyone know what their effects would be on depleting the soil and such? I've tried Dr Google but of course all I get is advertising.
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What are these divots (holes) in the mulch?

These dents, divots, or holes recently appeared in the mulch, located in a covered area next to the house and deck. The holes look like inverted cones and are an inch or two in diameter at the widest ...
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Should I bury my blackberry/raspberry canes in mulch over winter?

I have some blackberries and red raspberries, and I'm not sure how to winter-prep them. After pruning (which I'm skipping this year, since the primocane raspberries are only in their first year), how ...
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Do you uproot plants in a no dig garden with mulch

When using the no dig gardening method with mulched vegetable beds, what do you do in fall with the old plants? I know that in no dig you do not want to disturb the soil. Also when mulching it's ...
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Mulch that doesn't wash away

I have mulch from last year that seems to wash a way a lot on my slight hill. There are other homes I've seen that have a similar slope but their mulch doesn't appear to wash away. The mulch I got was ...
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Is mulch in the desert a good idea?

I am getting wildly conflicting information on mulch. Some sources say that it starves plants, keeps rainfall from reaching the soil, grows mold, rots tree trunks, and feeds termites. Other sources ...
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Orange sponge-like mold growing on mulch - what is it and is it harmful?

There is a mold that looks sponge-like that is growing in various spots on my mulch. It seems to appear very quickly (it seems like overnight but that's probably because I'm not observing daily), and ...
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How to pH test mulch and compost?

I've used soil pH test kits in the past where you mix the soil with a solution and look for a color change. This works OK for dirt, but sometimes I'd like to know what the final pH of my planting mix ...
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What weed covering should I use under my mulch?

I am about to lay down new mulch in a flower bed for a customer, where weeds are highly prone to growing. I will also be weeding this flower bed throughout the year. My question is, what type of weed ...
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How do I make seed starting green mulch form newspaper?

I'm trying to grow some shade grass, but heavy rains washed my first attempt partially away. I've read that using straw is not the best idea because the straw had weed seeds nad needs to be racked ...
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How long should dyed brown landscape mulch keep its color?

Question for you all out there. We have a grey and white house and chose to have dark chocolate brown mulch placed around it with our landscaping bushes and flowers as contrast against the house. ...
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Mulch become soil, how many years till soil becomes too high that must be removed?

About 4 years ago, I put down 4 inch deep of wood chip mulch (cheapest kind bought at Home Depot), and then 1 inch every year after. I noticed lately, grass and weed have been growing much more than ...
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what to put in center of mulch ring around trees

So I recently put down 4" of double cut down around my yard. I moved the mulch back away from the tree trunks by a few inches because I know that's bad for them. Should I put anything in that gap so ...
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Are Oak leaves good for making mulch?

I live in southern Arizona and we have four varieties of Oaks here that lose their leaves in the springtime as opposed to the fall. I know one species is called Emory and another the Arizona White. ...
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Is it ok to leave landscape fabric exposed in an area without plants and foot traffic?

We're thinking of paving the area under our second-story deck but aren't budgeting for it until next year at the earliest. The area, which is roughly 30 feet by 10 feet, has black lava rock partially ...
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Can I mulch a plant bed before planting in it?

Can I mulch a plant bed before I plant in it? Can I just clear out the mulch at the spot where I want to plant shrubs later on? I am planning to grow shrubs and ornamental grass.
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Do we need to replace mulch with soil?

I am planning on planting vegetables and the old bed has decayed mulch which looks reddish and grounded. Do I need to dig out a few inches of this and replace it with soil? Is there a way to find out ...
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Fertilizing Over Mulch (Specifically Apple Trees)

I had a question and couldn't find the answer on here. I have apple trees I've been struggling with for a few years now, between deer, caterpillars, and other things. I've got recommended fertilizer ...
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Weed Identification

I found this weed in my veggie patch and I was wondering if anyone could identify it and maybe provide some information about it. Key Information Canberra, Australia. Only seen in the last day. ...
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What's wrong with planting a tree deeper than the root flare, or mulching higher?

People tell you that when you plant a tree, you should plant the root flare level with the soil line. And when mulching, that you shouldn't pile the mulch up over the root flare. What harm can be ...
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What is the difference between shredded mulch from free vs garden center sources?

Many municipalities use brush collection materials to create mulch, which they supply for free to their taxpaying citizens. On some gardening sites, users have chimed in that these free mulch sources ...
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Applying straw mulch - should straw touch tree base?

For winter protection, I know wood chip mulch is supposed to be placed a few inches away from the base of the plant for breathing room. Does the same go for straw mulch?
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Can I buy mulch in the fall and keep till next spring

Would mulch be good if I were to buy it this fall and save till next spring or would it get moldy in the bags. I was just thinking if I could get a good deal and it would keep I may do this.
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Can compost be used as mulch?

I have vegetables growing in raised beds. In response to another question I posted, someone recommended adding mulch. Can I use home made compost as mulch or would I need something purchased from a ...
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Organic mulch as a compost substitute

For our minimal budget garden (in LA) we have been using the city's organic compost as a soil amendment. This compost is made from yard trimmings. It's mostly broken down, but there are small sticks ...
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Counteracting Black Walnut or Cedar mulch

I heavily mulched both my garden and food forest with mulch and later learned that the mulch contained Black Walnut and/or Cenar chippings. As a result, I can tell you exactly which plants are ...
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How can I encourage mulch to decompose?

I have a few football-sized holes in a yard where I removed some rocks. I have access to a large amount of finely chopped wood mulch. How can I encourage the mulch to decompose into fill dirt?
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Organic mulch for raised bed

I have 3 raised beds in my backyard where I am growing vegetables (tomatoes, bell peppers, etc). Right now, I don't have any mulch covering the soil but am thinking that would be a good thing to do ...
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How thick do I need coffee grounds to be in order to keep grass back?

I'm running into a slight grass problem where I planted my blueberry bushes, and was wondering how thick I should make my coffee ground mulch around the blueberry bushes to prevent the grass from ...
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Dyed circulars and cardboard, for weed barriers under mulch

[Box bottom listing dyes] I have always saved and used layered newspapers (without the dyed circulars) as a weed barrier, under the mulch in my gardens. When I am done, the papers are not visible. ...
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Using Pine bark mulch and Cedar mulch together

I read in many places that pine bark is light weight and heavy rain will wash out the mulch. Can I use two layers? First layer of Pine bark and second layer on the top of Cedar mulch. So the pine ...
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What are the disadvantages of using wood mulch as a cover?

I see more and more wood mulch along the roads, around houses, etc. At first thought it seemed a good thing to me, because it allows lots of life to grow around, while not releasing a lot of CO2 into ...
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Can a newspaper layer underneath mulch be harmful to trees

To help control weeds in garden beds between my plants I have put newspapers down on the ground and added a layer of mulch over this. I have also done this where there are trees in the garden beds (...
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Do Pine Bark Nuggets stop weeds from growing in a lawn?

I have a bare area in my lawn where weeds grow fast. I want to buy many bags of nuggets to cover the area to stop the weeds. Do pine bark nuggets stop weeds from growing?
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Pine Bark vs Sphagnum Peat/Sand for Blueberries and Azaleas

I had a quick question, because I'm trying to figure up my mulch and fertilizer needs for this Spring. I had bought my father a couple of blueberry plants, among others, because that's what he wanted ...