oak leaf mulch??

wbgroovy(Z6OK)June 6, 2005

I have old established azaleas in raised beds that are covered each fall by oak leaves. I have raked the leaves off the plants and just let leaves lie in beds as a natural mulch for plants.

Would the plants do better if I raked the leaves off and applied pine straw??

We have been here for a couple of springs now, and I love the blooms and don't want to hurt the plants.

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

groovy, your oak leaves are a perfect natural mulch for your azaleas. You'd have nothing to gain by adding the work of removing the leaves and replacing them with pine straw; the pine straw is often used by people without access to oak :)

    Bookmark   June 6, 2005 at 12:43PM
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wbgroovy(Z6OK)

Thanks! that is great to hear. Perhaps that is the reason they have grown so big.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2005 at 4:35PM
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Birdsong72(7/Northshore NJ)

I had 65 different cultivars of rhodies/azaleas blooming in my gardens in mid May. They all sit in oak leaf beds. There's nothing better. Nothing.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2005 at 9:12PM
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Olivier_NorthFrance(USDA 7)

Beech (Fagus) leaf mulch is also excellent, I try to collect as much as I can in the surrounding parcs and gardens every fall.

Olivier.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2005 at 2:25AM
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