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Sep 4, 2015 1:31 PM CST
Name: Mayo
The Netherlands, Europe (Zone 9a)
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hi all,

I've never mulched my plants before, but someone gave me a couple of bags with very nice leafy compost.
I was just wondering, will a cover of leaves and stuff not just be an invite and higher chance to survive for all the slugs, snails and other garden pests?


Thank You!
Mayo
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Sep 5, 2015 9:32 PM CST
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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That's a good question Mayo. In my experience a mulch does provide a warm place for some types of insects to overwinter. The mulch protects the plants and retains moisture, but the added warmth seems to also protect other forms of life as well.
Donald
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Sep 5, 2015 9:52 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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With your warmer climate mulching is not much of a big deal Depending on your rain frequency or lack thereof. The pro's is the moisture retention and the weed suppression. The con's, you said it. For the plants a long way from the spigot, it would save time dragging hose or watering can to the plants during the heat of summer. I use it to save on watering time. Eventually I intend to setup a time saving watering system.
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Sep 6, 2015 5:04 AM CST
Name: Mayo
The Netherlands, Europe (Zone 9a)
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hmm.
moisture retention is normally not a problem for me.. we get an average 900mm of rain every year Rolling on the floor laughing
Slugs however áre a problem! Thumbs down

It's clear to me: I'm not mulching Big Grin

Thank you for your input! Thank You!

Mayo
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Sep 7, 2015 10:44 AM CST
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Mayo you are welcome
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