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Type of mulch

Discussion in 'Gardening Discussions' started by Yana, Jun 9, 2021.

  1. Yana

    Yana Apprentice Gardener

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    Dear gardeners, please help to choose what do I need to buy as mulch for my plants: they prefer different type of soil ( roses, blackcurrants, hydrangeas, lavenders... ) is it ok to use the same mulch as I have read depending on wood used it can turn soil in more or less acid....I have read pine barks are perfect but cannot see them in shops;
    Barks, chips, decorative mulch- what should I use?
     
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    There are a few different mulches available e.g. composted farm yard manure in bags from garden centres, these will be better than wood in any form. Bark and chips being wood will suppress weeds and conserve moisture which are good attributes but as they decompose they Rob the soil of nitrogen and your plants will suffer.
     
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      Just found some free woodchips. Everythings been mulched with them . Thinking the woodchip will only take nitrogen from the soil surface so my watering with feed should still get the food to the roots?
      Hope so anyway.
      Have been using straw up till now.
       
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        Thank you very much for explanations. I was confused as I have read bark chips will decompose and will turn itto compost for soil... so I though now I mulch it and in 1-2 years I will have compost in natural way.
         
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        Hi @Yana you are right in that bark chips will decompose but it will take longer than 2 years.
         
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        Aha, thank you, good news, will they affect soil in terms of nitrogen? Can they be used for all flowers: those love acid soil and those prefer alkaline? Sorry for a lot of questions but I was really confused after all read on the internet.
        And could not find pine barks at all ( probably I have read about it on US websites)
         
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