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oak leaf mulch??

Posted by wbgroovy Z6OK (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 6, 05 at 10:38

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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RE: oak leaf mulch??

  • Posted by MorZ8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 6, 05 at 12:43

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 :)

RE: oak leaf mulch??

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

RE: oak leaf mulch??

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.

RE: oak leaf mulch??

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


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