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 03-05-2004, 16:14 Post: 78920
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Lots of people nowadays are wacko for mulcho...and what is the disgusting appeal that red mulch give...i mean come on...its just ground up pallets (at least around here it is). Dark Hardwood all the way!






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 03-05-2004, 18:03 Post: 78924
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So why are you a kubota chick?






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 03-06-2004, 06:57 Post: 78983
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I hear that in the south pine needles are used and there are even rakes and balers for them. It's because wood chips attract termites.

Around here we're knee deep in needles and the thought of buying them or buying equipment to bale them is a little unusual. Don't use mulch myself, I compost leaves and needles along with garbage etc. in a shallow trench--then it's even more disgusting from some perspective I guess. If I didn't use compost it'd be like trying to grow vegetables on a beach. In our post-glacial area we've got a choice between sand and bedrock. Even though I need the stuff, I wish needles would compost faster or there were less of them. My trench turns into a 4' mount for most of the year.






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 03-06-2004, 14:07 Post: 79026
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Hey dudette;
Don't you know that California has the mostest on fashion and leads the country in taste and culture?
They have used red wood and red cedar bark mulch for years. I guess the west cost fashion has finally come east, except we have to dye the ground up oak pallets.






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 03-06-2004, 23:03 Post: 79083
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why am i a kubota chick grinder? well..i go for men that have kubotas...its my thing...and besides what does that have to do with mulch.
I have traveled to the south and it seems that all mulching with pine needles does is make the soil even more acidic, what scence does that make? Derrr!






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 03-07-2004, 05:13 Post: 79096
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It has absolutely nothing to do with mulch.
Just curious?






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 03-07-2004, 08:01 Post: 79101
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I think mulching mostly has to do with water retention and weed control. Far as I know that's the function, but like most function it gets overtaken by form. A common motivation these days likely has more to do with decoration than function. Serious gardeners around here seem to be growing things in a sea of black plastic, which sure isn't decorative. It probably doesn't change the soil ph either.

True enough about needles and acidity. I use both lime and chem fertilizer to speed up composting. I have to use quite a bit of lime when pine needles are in the pile.






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I use pine needles, because its free. I have to rake a couple of truck loads of needles off the lawn every year.
Most of the plants I mulch like the acid, but you need to be careful.






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Man, I hope 'Botachick never sees my #6 picture, I might end up with a stalker......Laughing out loud.

Seriously, Tom nailed it, it retains moisture while inhibiting weed growth, the fact that the bottom layer is constantly decomposing and adding nutrients to the soil is a bonus.

The latest thing for us is the mulching of the entire area inside the drip line of trees on the golf courses. Probably the biggest reason for doing so is to protect the trees from strees by keeping moisture and nutrients next to the roots. Personally I don't mind, it's better than trucking the stuff away. On an average course up here we end up with about 50 truckloads of wood chips.

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A friend of mine used that red looking mulch and it has been down for several years and it looks as if it is changing color. It looks worse now than it did when he put it down. I'm with the Kubotachic and go hardwood all the way.






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