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Subject: Mulches
From: bruce
Zone: 3
Date: 27-Mar-02 11:26 AM EST

I have this info from Better Homes and Gardens just in case anyone was wondering. Bark mulch should be applied 2 to 4 inces thick and renewed annually. It can be applied to trees. shrubs, perrenials and pathways. It may deplete soil nitrogen unless aged.

Cocoa hulls should be applied 2 to 4 inches thick. It may be applied to trees, shrubs, perrennials and herbs. Adds nutrients. May contain pesticide residues. May mold, attract rodents or blow off.

Compost can be applied at any time anywhere 2 to 4 inches thick.Good source of organic matter. Depletes nitrogen if only partly decomposed and high in carbon.

Grass clippings should be applied 2 to 4 inches thick around vegetables. flowers and fruit. Good source of organic material. Fresh clippings heat up, mold if to thick.

Hay can be used around vegetables, flowers and fruit. Use as winter protection on perrennials. Apply up to 6 inches thick. May contain weed seed.

Leaf mold can be applied up to 4 inches thick around flowers, vegetables and fruit after the soil warms. Good source of organic matter.

Shredded leaves can be applied anywhere in spring or fall 2 to 4 inches thick. Lasts 1 to 2 seasons and improves soil.

Rotted manure can be applied 2 to 4 inches thick at the end of the season.Adds organic matter. Can supply nutrients depending on type and amount.

Mushroom compost can be applied after the soil warms at a depth of 2 to 4 inches. Good source of organic matter but may contain pesticide residue. There are a few choices for anyone who is interested.


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