WHAT DOES FRESH PINE MULCH DO TO SOIL - Knowledgebase Question

Marietta, GA (Zone 7B)
Question by monica_gosne
August 24, 2005
I JUST HAD ALL MY PINE TREES REMOVED. THE MULCH WAS LEFT IN THE YARD AND IS SEVERAL INCHES THICK OVER A NATURAL AREA (PINESTRAW). WILL THIS KILL ALL THE WEEDS AND ENGLISH IVY? (I HOPE SO!). IS IT SAFE TO PLANT OTHER TREES IN THIS SAME AREA NOW OR SHOULD I WAIT? WHAT TREES WILL DO BEST IN THIS SOIL? I PREFER FAST GROWING SHADE TREES.


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Answer from NGA
August 24, 2005

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Monica,

A thick mulch that shades out the foliage below will kill plants, but more likely some will stick up through the mulch and keep going. This is more likely with the English ivy, but if you had shade and now have sun on it the ivy should really suffer some sunburn.

Trees can be planted there, in fact a multitude of species will tolerate such conditions. Some that are good choices include Chinese (also called Lacebark) elm, Willow Oak, Tulip Tree, and Dawn Redwood.

Check out the following web site for lots of great suggestions:
http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caesp...
http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caesp...

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