The Q&A Archives: Mulching Habits

Question: Fall is around the corner. I look out my window onto my backyard, and the fairly large pile of broken tree limbs, & twigs I've collected over the year. These materials fell off the oaks, elms, pines, and maples I have on my property. I've been collecting them to chip up as mulch. I also recycle the leaves of the same trees, for the same purpose. I shred the leaves, & sometimes let them stand for a few seasons. I use this mulch to spread around Azaleas, Hibiscus, Clematis, various bushes (type unknown), and pines.

Should I be using these materials this way? If it's OK, for use on the species I've mentioned, are there things I shouldn't use it with?

Answer: Your plants will thank you for your efforts! As long as they are all mixed together and are not carrying some terrbile disease, it should be fine. Generally the one concern you might have is to avoid fresh material from black walnut trees because some plants are sensitive to it, but with well-aged material it is not a problem. Keep up the good work!

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