Plant Talk - Gardening Forums

Mulch

For help in growing and maintaining your favourite plants, from sowing seeds and staking perennials to pruning roses, shrubs and trees, join the discussion.

Mulch

Postby Jane » May 19, 2008 10:31 pm

We had some poplar and cedar trees cut down a couple of weeks ago and they used their chipper so we have a lot of fresh mulch. Can someone tell me if you can use this now on the flower beds or do you have to wait until next year to use it. I was told by someone that it would strip the soil of nitrogen if I used it now but unfortunately I have already used it on one bed. Should I remove it? If I must wait for a period of time before using the mulch do you just leave it in a pile. The people that did the chipping told my husband not to leave it the pile for long because something would happen to it. Totally confused any info appreciated.
User avatar
Jane
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Jun 26, 2007 10:38 pm

Postby dj_backq » May 19, 2008 10:56 pm

It would only strip the soil's nitrogen if you were to till it into your soil. If you leave it on top, I see no harm. Lot's of people buy it fresh directly from the mills around here.
Andre


If man cheats the earth, the earth will cheat man.
User avatar
dj_backq
 
Posts: 189
Joined: Apr 29, 2008 5:10 pm
Location: Edmundston, NB (zone 3b)

Re: Mulch

Postby Durgan » May 20, 2008 6:03 am

Jane wrote:We had some poplar and cedar trees cut down a couple of weeks ago and they used their chipper so we have a lot of fresh mulch. Can someone tell me if you can use this now on the flower beds or do you have to wait until next year to use it. I was told by someone that it would strip the soil of nitrogen if I used it now but unfortunately I have already used it on one bed. Should I remove it? If I must wait for a period of time before using the mulch do you just leave it in a pile. The people that did the chipping told my husband not to leave it the pile for long because something would happen to it. Totally confused any info appreciated.


View this thread.

http://www.canadiangardening.com/forum/ ... hp?t=10885

The mulch you have is perfect. I like wood chip mulch due to its ease of handling. If it is rotten i rototill it into the garden , and if too fresh I rake it off and re-use.
Zone 5 Brantford,ON
http://durgan.org/2011/
User avatar
Durgan
 
Posts: 1194
Joined: Sep 28, 2007 9:33 pm
Location: Brantford, ON Canada

Postby Jane » May 20, 2008 10:51 am

Durgan

What do you mean when you say if it is too fresh you rake it off. My mulch is from trees cut down a few weeks ago. Also you mention in your article that you sometimes rototill into the soil in the fall. I thought mulch remained on top of the soil and you just keep adding more each year as neccessary. I'm new to this mulch thing and need the info.
User avatar
Jane
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Jun 26, 2007 10:38 pm

Postby dj_backq » May 20, 2008 12:02 pm

I just keep on adding on top. It eventually winds up in the soil anyways.
Andre


If man cheats the earth, the earth will cheat man.
User avatar
dj_backq
 
Posts: 189
Joined: Apr 29, 2008 5:10 pm
Location: Edmundston, NB (zone 3b)

Postby Durgan » May 20, 2008 6:53 pm

Jane wrote:Durgan

What do you mean when you say if it is too fresh you rake it off. My mulch is from trees cut down a few weeks ago. Also you mention in your article that you sometimes rototill into the soil in the fall. I thought mulch remained on top of the soil and you just keep adding more each year as neccessary. I'm new to this mulch thing and need the info.


In the vegetable garden, to prepare the soil for planting, I rake the mulch off and reuse it next year. and if well rotted I rototill it into the soil. I simply leave it around the trees, and rhubarb and perennials in general.

I have access to good wood chips, so that is my choice for the time being.
Zone 5 Brantford,ON
http://durgan.org/2011/
User avatar
Durgan
 
Posts: 1194
Joined: Sep 28, 2007 9:33 pm
Location: Brantford, ON Canada


Return to Plant Talk

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests

cron

Follow Style At Home Online

Facebook Activity

Contests

Latest Contests

more contests