Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-17-2011, 10:22 AM
Florida Gardener's Avatar
Florida Gardener Florida Gardener is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Humid S. Fl. with sights set on San Diego
Posts: 5,070
Will mulching leaves over time negatively effect soil?

Guys, I have a customer with tons of Ficus that gets trimmed 1x/month. I blow all the leaves into the lawn and mulch em up. All lawn areas are pretty much full sun all day and this is prob the healthiest, thickest St. Aug lawn I have ever seen. Weeds are pretty much no problem b/c of how thick this lawn is. My question is, will my practice have any hinderance over the long haul?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-17-2011, 10:29 AM
White Gardens's Avatar
White Gardens White Gardens is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bloomington IL
Posts: 6,765
Shouldn't, but I have no real knowledge of ficus trees in a landscape.

Only trees I've ever been taught not to mulch heavily in the soil is Oak trees as it can affect the PH level in the soil.
__________________
White Gardens On Facebook.......WG Thread......Greencare For Troops......... mywhitegardens.com(under construction)

2005- Completion of University of Illinois Master Gardner's Program.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-17-2011, 11:56 AM
Day off?'s Avatar
Day off? Day off? is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: In your head
Posts: 40
If your doing it only once a month it won't hurt a thing. The only problem you may encounter is during rainy season. Since it rains so hard here the freshly mulched leaves will get carried away to a low spot in the yard and build up in that one spot covering the grass.
__________________
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-17-2011, 05:39 PM
Landscape Poet's Avatar
Landscape Poet Landscape Poet is online now
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oviedo/Orlando
Posts: 3,473
Depends Diamond, I am not sure of the acidity of this leaves, but assuming a large enough accumulation of them I am sure they could cause the PH of the soil to drop.
__________________
"the art of survival is a story that never ends"

Providing Lawn Services, Landscape Installations and Solutions and Sod Services in the Oviedo Florida Market

If you aspire to a six-figure income, don't get advice from someone making $18,000 a year!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-17-2011, 09:23 PM
Patriot Services's Avatar
Patriot Services Patriot Services is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 8,440
Ficus trees are infamous for several fungi strains. Not sure if it will spread to grass but I do know its a must to clean pruning tools when dealing with Ficus'. Mulching might make thoses spores airborne over a good distance.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-24-2011, 10:13 AM
tallrick tallrick is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Florida
Posts: 682
Only problem I can envision would be grub infestation. They seem to thrive in higher organic matter with healthy grass roots. Ficus decays rapidly so Ph will not be lowered by their use. Oak and pine leaves decay slower, causing acidification, that's how I got south Florida slash pine to grow on rocky ground. My own yard has been a dumping ground for mulched grass, leaves and wood chips for years and I have never seen any bad effects from it.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-28-2011, 02:53 AM
sweetz's Avatar
sweetz sweetz is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: St. Petersburg, FL - Zone 9
Posts: 1,587
No negative effects.
__________________
Greencare for Troops:
http://www.projectevergreen.com/gcft/
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:38 AM.

Page generated in 0.08385 seconds with 7 queries