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Safe to Mulch with Sycamore Leaves?

Posted by avoirgold z7 MD (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 18, 05 at 16:31

I have 4 large Sycamores in my front yard (yes, I live in Columbia :-), and was wondering if it is safe to mulch plant beds with their leaves. I had heard that the leaves are very acidic. Any advice, clarification, would be greatly appreciated. I am also planning for new landscaping and want to clarify the leaf issue so I know what to plant under the trees.

Thanks again,

Jen S.

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RE: Safe to Mulch with Sycamore Leaves?

Yes, sycamore leaves will be fine for a mulch. They will break down into the soil and the slight acidity will be neutralized eventually as it decomposes. I would use shredded leaves, though. Whole leaves tend to mat down and keep water from penetrating the soil underneath.

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