Wolf Kirchmeir sockiescat wrote:-
i have read so many things that say that cedar mulch slowly kill
and shrubs by leeching the nitrogen and nutrients out of the soil.
i was wondering what anyones opinion would be on this as i ha
of using cedar mulch around my spireas, hostas and a lot of other
that i am hopefully going to get planted this fall and now im am
if i would be better off not adding it to the beds :(.
any input would be greatly appreciated. i dont want to make a huge
thanks again, sockiescat:).-
First, check on whether hostas etc want acid or neutral or basic
9alkaline) soils. I'm not going to do the search for you: use Google.
You will learn how to use that amazing resources, and information you
find for yourself tends to stick better than information someone else
has found for you. Beware! Googling can become a hobby in itself -
an addiction. :-)
Having said that, I'll give you some information anyway. Consistent
not. :-) Who was it said "Consistency is the bugaboo of small minds"?
Cedar mulch acidifies the soil, so it can be bad for most of the plant
we grow in our gardens, which prefer neutral or even slightly alkalin
soils. However, slightly acid soils won't harm them, so mixing cedar
cuttings into the mulch won't hurt. If you're worried about the
acidifying effect, add some agricultural limestone to the mix, or
sprinkle some on top of the mulch.
However, cedar and other evergreen mulches are good for rhododendrons
for example, and of course for any evergreen tree or shrubs, all of
which prefer acid soils. Hydrangeas tolerate both acid and basic soils
in fact, they produce different coloured flowers depending on pH (the
measure of acidity/alkalinity.)
NB that acid fertilisers are available, they're usually marked "for
evergreens" or some such. Read the label.
You should have a soil analysis done on your garden, so you have a
general idea of what kind of soil(s) you have. Kits for home use are
available, and in some states and provinces the local agricultural
support agencies will do an analysis for free or a nominal cost. You
could also google on "soil types".
thanks for the information wolf u answered what i needed to know as t
whether it would harm the plants or not so i will look for another wa
to add a mulch but will also mix the cedar into whatever else i use a
a top dressing and include some lime as well;).
i did look on google thats where i got the information that i include
here some people said that it was bad and others said it was okay so i
was rather confusing which way to go :( and at the cost of some of m
plants i sure didnt want to be making any stupid mistakes and end u
losing them :(.
so thanks again for your input and yup i will get a soil sample ki
also and see whats there and whats not ;). cyaaaaa, sockiescat:)