Question about mulching lavender

cherry67(6)September 28, 2012

We purchased some potted Lavender this spring and planted them around June. We are using playsand and limestone gravel as a mulch because I read somewhere that it's best to use a mix of 50% sand and 50% limestone sand to mulch, since I wasn't sure what kind of sand to use, my husband just picked out the playsand. We couldn't find limestone sand so we figured the limestone gravel would be the next best thing. Do you think the playsand is good enough? Or would the particles not be large enough? We have clay soil and I just recently read that sand might not be good for clay soil?

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I can't think of any reason to mulch lavender with anything. I'd just leave it as it is, neither changing nor removing what you have put down there already. Lavender will grow in clay as long as it has reasonable drainage.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 1:12PM
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cherry67(6)

Thanks, the reason why we are mulching is becauase my husband has nicked it a few times getting too close with the weed eater, and letting the grass grow in between and around it looks very unsightly,

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 3:00PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Oh, I see, I had assumed your lavenders were in a cultivated area.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 6:46AM
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cherry67(6)

No, just a little patch of area beside the driveway. We only have 4 growing there right now.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 12:14PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Even mulching requires you to occasionally pull weeds/grass. I personally would under plant with something else rather than mulch but to each their own preference.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 8:00AM
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lavender_lass(4b)

Bark might be better than sand, but I don't like how it gets into your gloves. My mom has a lot of success with bark mulch, though.

What kind of lavender did you buy? Hidcote and Munstead are hardy to zone 4 or 5 and don't need a winter mulch, but other lavenders might need some protection from winter cold and snow.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 12:20PM
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