Pine Straw and Dwarf Mondo

MEY1963August 15, 2013

My backyard is very shady, I couldn't grow anything but weeds. So I killed the weeds and planted Dwarf Mondo in a section of my yard. I used mulch to fill in around the Mondo and in between. Then the rains came and washes the mulch till now it is washing the top soil.

My question is: Would pine straw help in this situation, or will it prevent the mondo from growing up through it?
Thank you for your help.

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Either pinestraw or a heavier, chunkier mulch will help with the erosion.

I have mondo trying to push up pavers and growing up through the cracks; I doubt any mulch will be a long term impediment. Since your plants are new, though, I would be careful not to cover them up.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 10:42AM
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Thank you I appreciate any and all suggestions.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 1:43PM
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In this situation I would use a finely mulched medium, dried leaves or pinestraw being one of the best. It won't impead growth of the mondo, but will help prevent erosion until it gets established, although heavy rainfall will make folly of even the best laid plans.

Good luck - you have a great plan by using dwarf mondo, which I like; it'll just take a little time to become effective. Let us know of the outcome.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 4:48AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

More people should discover dwarf mondo.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 2:37PM
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catbird(z7 AL)

You might want to spread some pre-emergent herbicide (eg., Preen) regularly to discourage weeds while you wait for the mondo to fill in. Otherwise, weeding that big an area by hand will drive you nuts and mulch won't completely prevent them.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 4:50PM
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