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Straw mulch

Straw mulch
Posted by Ben from PA/6 on 2002-03-26 18:13:02

I have a question:
I live in farm country and have access to an abundance of straw and hay. I have used it in the garden to keep weeds down, but was wondering if there is any problem with using it on a recently created flower bed. I don't see why not, but just wanted to get a second opinion or two.

Thanks.
  • Mulches
    Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b-MI on 2002-03-27 12:58:20

    Mulches of any kind work wonders, helping the soil to retain moisture, keeping the soil cooler so the plants feel more confrotable, aiding in weed suppression, and if the proper mulch is used feeding the soil bacteria that feed your plants. Straw is okay but may need to be thicker than say shredded leaves to do the same thing. I use straw around the fruit trees, and sometimes if necessary in the flower beds (don't always get enough leaves to mulch everything) but find that the 8 inche depth I need there to accomplish the same thing that 4 inches of shredded leaves will is somewhat difficult to work through.
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