Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!: Mulch is our friend!

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Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

By goldfinch4
August 17, 2011

Mulch is a wonderful thing! It keeps plant roots cool, conserves moisture, suppresses weeds, keeps dirt from splashing on your plants when it rains and it looks nice. In areas that receive frost in winter it helps maintain soil temperature, thus preventing frost from heaving plants out of the soil.

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Aug 17, 2011 9:34 AM CST
Great tip, especially for new gardeners.
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plantladylin
Aug 17, 2011 10:12 AM CST
I agree, a great tip ... I couldn't garden without mulch!
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Aug 17, 2011 10:23 AM CST
What would we do without mulch? Great tip Chris.
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Aug 17, 2011 10:30 AM CST
I love the way mulch looks on the beds, gives them that finished look.
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fiwit
Aug 17, 2011 10:59 AM CST
You want to be careful, though... some plants need less mulch than others -- their roots need to breathe (or so I've been told by some master gardeners)

I lucked out this year -- neighbors were taking trees down, and utility companies were trimming branches away from power lines. The two truckloads of wood chips I've gotten from those places aren't as pretty as the mulch I buy from the suppliers, but I can't beat the price -- FREE.

When you consider that the first pile was 10x20x5, that was a huge cost-savings for me (I pay between $2-3 for a 2cu ft bag of mulch). The current pile was almost as big as the first one. I used it to mark out the beds between my trees. When it comes time to plant shrubs between the trees, I'll just move the wood chips away from where I want the shrub to go, and dig there. MUCH easier than tilling up an entire bed that then just gets mulched over.

I save store-bought mulch for the beds close to the house.
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Aug 17, 2011 11:07 AM CST
I love the way mulch amends the soil too Thumbs up

GREAT tip!
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Aug 17, 2011 11:09 AM CST
vic said:I love the way mulch amends the soil too Thumbs up

GREAT tip!


Earlier this summer, my favorite neighbor looked at my newly wood-chipped beds and told me: You'll want to spray that mulch with something so it doesn't decay.

I just looked at her like: Confused Blinking and then said "I'm trying to build an eco-system here." Rolling my eyes.
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dahlianut
Aug 17, 2011 11:47 AM CST
This is a GREAT tip goldfinch! Methinks it's an essential in areas with cold, dry w*i*n*t*e*r*s. fiwit I agree cuz my peonies, iris and DLs don't like mulch.
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fiwit
Aug 17, 2011 12:29 PM CST
dahlianut said:This is a GREAT tip goldfinch! Methinks it's an essential in areas with cold, dry w*i*n*t*e*r*s. fiwit I agree cuz my peonies, iris and DLs don't like mulch.



W*i*n*t*e*r.... w*i*n*t*e*r.... I've heard that word before, somewhere.... Hilarious!
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dahlianut
Aug 17, 2011 2:06 PM CST
OH fiwit you said the 'w' word out loud. quick like a bunny take it out before it finds you Group hug
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Aug 17, 2011 2:36 PM CST
I mulch very sparingly because it keeps my plants from reseeding. Of course that allows weeds to reseed too! Thumbs down Sticking tongue out
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quietyard
Aug 17, 2011 2:42 PM CST
I love the smell of wood chips ! Smiling
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fiwit
Aug 17, 2011 3:31 PM CST
quietyard said:I love the smell of wood chips ! Smiling


I agree

Becuase the second batch was from trimming tree branches near power lines, it's as much leaves as branches. The pile is still mostly intact, and I've got my own giant pile of leaf mold going on, in parts of it
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fiwit
Aug 17, 2011 3:36 PM CST
dahlianut said:OH fiwit you said the 'w' word out loud. quick like a bunny take it out before it finds you Group hug



Thanks for the warning! Wouldn't want the yard to look like this in August!



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dahlianut
Aug 17, 2011 3:42 PM CST
prettiful pic Smiling
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plantladylin
Aug 17, 2011 3:43 PM CST
Wow! That is a pretty picture! What is that white stuff covering the ground? Big Grin
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Aug 17, 2011 3:48 PM CST
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fiwit
Aug 17, 2011 3:54 PM CST
plantladylin said:Wow! That is a pretty picture! What is that white stuff covering the ground? Big Grin


Here in GA, we don't normally know what that white stuff is...and my yard looked like that for EIGHT DAYS.
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plantladylin
Aug 17, 2011 4:12 PM CST
We have actually had snow flurries down here in Central Florida a couple of times ... the last two winters we saw a lot of ice!
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fiwit
Aug 17, 2011 4:25 PM CST
plantladylin said:We have actually had snow flurries down here in Central Florida a couple of times ... the last two winters we saw a lot of ice!



I'm outside Atlanta, so we had the Christmas day snow, and the "let's shut the city down for a week" five inches this past winter.
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