Mulch for beds

rlkennerly(8)April 27, 2010

Okay, I did a search of the forums but still couldn't find a definitive answer. I have a couple of bags of shredded pine mulch that I am considering putting around my plants for moisture control. Last year between not being able to keep enough water on the plants and the critters, my garden was ravished and I finally threw up my hands in defeat.

Is pine bark too acidic? If it is, what are some other options? I tried straw last year with my strawberries, and that was a nightmare - my whole box was invaded by grass.



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Dan Staley

Go for it. Any tiny increase in pH is temporary and not worth worrying about.


    Bookmark   April 28, 2010 at 9:45AM
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Oh no! I just put straw in my beds. I thought it was SUCH a good idea! Oh well, I'll just have to watch out for the weeds. Sigh.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2010 at 3:56PM
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junequilt(z8 SC)

You may be okay if what you're using is actually straw. The wheat and oat straw I use have few to no weed seeds. Every once in a while a stray plant will germinate from a kernel of wheat that didn't get threshed out in processing, but that's about it.

Hay, now -- that's a different story. Oodles of weed seeds.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2010 at 5:35PM
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Yeah, I misspoke. I stupidly used hay not straw, and the results were not pretty. Sorry to alarm you, ratatosk.


Here is a link that might be useful: LookMaNoWeeds

    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 7:34AM
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