Mulch spores sticking to siding

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Doublewide6, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. Doublewide6

    Doublewide6 LawnSite Member
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    Is there any spray to stop mulch spores from sticking to vinyl siding. I have a customer that wants mulch, but without the spores. She is considering rock, but says rock is pretty permanent and she can't just pop in a few annuals if she wants to. So does anyone mix stone and mulch in the same beds? What is the best stone to use, as far as clean up/ blowing away leaves?
     
  2. Duekster

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    Mulch spores?
     
  3. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Mix rock and mulch?
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  4. Doublewide6

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  5. Roger

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    Siding is not the only thing the spores will adhere. For example, people parking their cars near a bed run the risk of getting those marks on their car. Getting them off is a very difficult task. We have moved our vehicles away from beds with fresh mulch.
     
  6. Duekster

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    That is news to me but I learned something.

    Seems cedar mulch which I use often is not particularly affected by it.

    Not a huge fan of wood mulch against houses but you some times have to roll with the flow with what you have.

    Rock can be an attractive mulch but as noted, it can get leaves and such in it, and often develops weed problems as theydecompose and gather wind blown soil.and develop rooting media.

    If I am landscaping for effect, I often use Decomposed Granite and or river rock depending on what I am trying to achieve. You can place edging down and create another small bed just for the annuals for a spot of color.


    We are often reducing the size of annual beds with perennial beds in the back and annuals in the front.
     
  7. Doublewide6

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    Anyone have any pictures of beds that go from stone to mulch. Like stone near the house and as you get up to the walkway there are some "pockets" of mulch for annual plantings. I would like to offer this suggestion, but I don't quite know how it would look. Thanks for your help and suggestions.
     
  8. Smallaxe

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    How do the spores get onto the siding??? my thought is it must be some 'splashing' into the mulch... just about everyone around here uses rock for foundation beds, but the mulched beds never created these spot on the siding, but then again we don't let the eaves 'splash'... I would check around and find out what's actually happening and why...
     
  9. Duekster

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    I will help you then Ax

    http://msucares.com/newsletters/pests/infobytes/19970407.htm
     
  10. Roger

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