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Q.Ok To Use Bird Of Paradise Trimmings As Mulch?

Zone Kula, HI | Mathias added on May 10, 2021 | Answered

I am trimming a long row of bird paradise – about 75 feet or so, That has probably not been trimmed for about 10 or 20 years. I am only deadheading and taking out the dead stems, But even so it is generating massive amounts of trimmings. It’s possible to put them through a chipper, To help chop them up – That said, what kind of mulch could they be good for? Is it more acidic, like pine needles, or bark? Is there anything I should definitely should not put it on as mulch? Thank you!!!

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Answered on May 11, 2021

As long as the plant is not diseased, then it wouldn't hurt to use the chippings as mulch. I would say that aged or composted wood chips would be a better mulch, though.

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