mulch - Knowledgebase Question

Pawleys Island, So
Question by pbeaudry
June 1, 2009
Can you shred magnolia leaves that have fallen and some have black spots on the back and use them as mulch in your beds?

Answer from NGA
June 1, 2009


The black spots are either a fungal or a bacterial disease so I would tend to compost the leaves before using them as mulch. While most diseases are host specific, there's no point in spreading potential diseases around in your garden.

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