mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by fblandscape, Mar 15, 2003.

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do you buy composted mulch?

  1. yes i do

    6 vote(s)
    31.6%
  2. no i don't, but i would check it out

    5 vote(s)
    26.3%
  3. no i don't

    8 vote(s)
    42.1%
  1. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
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    For those of you who buy mulch on a regular basis. The product that you buy, has it been composted for the appropriate 6 months, or is it straight out of the machine? If you do not buy composted mulch, would you be willing to spend more for mulch which has been left to sit for 6 months?
     
  2. Kirk

    Kirk LawnSite Member
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    I guess this would greatly depend on the type of mulch we are talking about here.
     
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I use only fresh cedar mulch. Why would you want it composted for six months? Is there something I don't know?
     
  4. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
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    By letting the mulch compost for 6 months, you allow for the C:N ratio to drop. By doing this you cut back on the N which is robbed from the soil when the microbes start to degrade the mulch.
     
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    O.K., thanks. Makes sense.
     
  6. jkelton

    jkelton LawnSite Member
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    I try to buy composted mulch whenever I can - unfortunately, some suppliers do not adhere to composting principles. As long as the color is OK, most of them do not care. Also, the C:N ratio depends on the type of mulch you choose. I understand the reason for using composted mulch, but unfortunately most people in the business (and end consumers) do not.
     

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