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Questions About Mulch

Asked by
savage on
February 18, 2011

Q. What Is a Dog Friendly Mulch?

Previously, I have used wood chips but this seems like something a small dog could choke on.

Answered by
Heather on
February 19, 2011
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If you have issues with your dog eating mulch, look into a mulch that is not treated with manure. I have had this issue in the past with my own dog. They are attracted to it. Normal wood chips should not attract them to eating them and they should be fine.

Avoid at all costs cocoa hull mulch. It smells like chocolate (which dogs like) and can be very lethal to them.

You can also try a larger, chunkier wood mulch or a rubber or stone mulch. These don't break down well (or at all) but would be harder for a dog to eat.

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Anonymous on
February 23, 2011

Q. Mulch

Are leaves useful as a vegetable garden mulch?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 23, 2011
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Yes and no. While leaves make an excellent mulch for helping to protect plants over the winter, vegetables generally do better with a straw mulch, especially since they typically grow throughout spring and summer, when leaves are less likely to be readily available.

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Anonymous on
March 6, 2011

Q. Leaves and Mulch

I am about to put down some new bark mulch. I left the leaves from trees in the yard on the beds over the winter. Can I simply put the bark mulch over the leaves, or do I need to clean out the leaves then place the mulch on the beds?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
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You can place the mulch right over the leaves. It is good for the soil if you do that.

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Asked by
patiche on
April 21, 2011

Q. Best Mulch for Crab Grass on Walkway

I’m renting, so don’t want to spend a fortune–don’t know if I’ll be here next year. But the weeds–esp. crab grass and dandelions thrive on the walkway below the retaining wall of my glamorous flower bed. I’d like a cheap and simple solution

Answered by
Heather on
April 22, 2011
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You can lay down layers of newspaper and cover this with enough mulch to hide the newspaper. The newspaper will suppress the weeds and the mulch cover will make it look nice.

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Anonymous on
April 23, 2011

Q. Mulch

I have a 6 x 12 garden plot and want to know the best mulch for vegetables.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 24, 2011
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Good options for mulch in the veggie garden include shredded bark or straw.

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Asked by
leah21702 on
May 7, 2011

Q. Kill Grass With Newspaper

After putting down newspaper and mulch, can you put in plants right away by digging through the mulch and cutting through the newspaper? Will the plants continue to thrive? If so, how big of a space do I need to open (in inches) around the plant?

Answered by
Heather on
May 10, 2011
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Yes, you can plant right away. You only need a hole big enough to get the rootball through. The mulch and newspaper are porous, so will allow rain to seep through to the soil below, which means you only need to make a hole big enough to plant the plants.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 7, 2011

Q. Self Seeding

I am putting down several inches of (cedar) mulch in my butterfly garden, as here in Dallas it gets up to 100 degrees F or more in August. I want to keep the moisture and protect the plants from the heat. Will this mulch prevent the self-seeding flowers from self-seeding? Or will the sprinkler system wash the seeds down into the mulch and allow them to sprout?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 8, 2011
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Self seeding flowers should still be able to sprout. The mulch breaks down over the course of the year and creates a good base for the seeds to grow in.

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