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Question: Date: Sun, 07 May 2000 17:41:28 -0400
Subject: Magnolia Mulch? [T20000507004EZ37561]
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Each spring I buy truckloads of hardwood mulch for my garden. Also each
spring I rake up tons of leaves from underneath my two huge magnolia
trees. Would it be worth my while to buy a mulching machine of some
sort, mulch the magnolia leaves (& other assorted yard & garden debris),
and use that in my flower & shrub beds instead? What might magnolia-leaf
mulch contribute to the soil, in terms of acidity, etc.? I have lots of
azaleas, roses, daylillies, liriope, and also shade gardens with hostas
& aucubas.

Any help you can give will be appreciated. Thank you for this great

Janet Tate

Answer: I don't know whether it would be worth your while or not, that depends on what you are spending on hardwood mulch each season, and what you are willing to pay for a mulcher. I can tell you that adding the magnolia leaves to a mulcher and adding that mulch to your plantings is fine. The leaves shouldn't alter the pH one way or another. If I were you, I would start a compost heap. That way, you can add in all of the magnolia leaves, grass clippings, fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, etc. and have a much richer mulch for your plantings.

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