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what is better for tree hollies__pine straw mulch or mushroom soil

Zone williamsburg va. | richde1 added on April 17, 2017 | Answered

What is better for trees hollies- one year old mulch, or mushroom soil?

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Alisma
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Answered on April 20, 2017

Pine straw mulch is great for hollies, since it will acidify the soil over time, which hollies prefer, and also provide the other benefits of mulch:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/mulch/pine-straw-for-mulch.htm

Mushroom compost tends to make soil more alkaline, so it's not as good for hollies, unless your soil is already ecxessively acidic:
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=294

However, adding some kind of compost or fertilizer in addition to mulch is a good idea:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/fertilizing-holly-bushes.htm

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