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Randy    Posted 11-23-2003 at 03:09:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
When your wife does the mulch thing make sure it doesn't go right up to plants or up the trunk of trees. Holds moisture, bugs, etc. We put maybe an inch next to the tree and more as you move away from the tree. Same with flowers, a bit next to is all and more as you move away.
I see trees here with the mulch about a foot or so high right next to the trunk. not good. One of my customers put in a new lawn and covered the roots on several trees with a few feet of topsoil. They were dead within the year.

Al    Posted 11-23-2003 at 05:09:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
What she did in the last few years, was put down cardboard then a thin layer of this bark from the saw mill . Then cut a holes in it and plant her flowers . thinking that would keep down the weeds .
The bark is only an inch thick ,just enough to cover the card board .
She's just telling me she kept the card board 3 feet away from the tree but it would cover the roots on three sides . The south side thee is a gound yew or some thing about 15 feet across .
She waters that area a lot in the summer . So maybe it got some kind of fungus in it .
It's the only red maple we got .There's four horse chestnuts out by the road what a pain they are .Got two english walnuts hardly any nuts ont this year .but as usual a bumper crop of horse chestnuts that I have to get up and get rid of.
I'll take a picture of that area from the porch and post it in the galley later this morning .
Thanks you two

Les    Posted 11-23-2003 at 04:02:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ditto, Randy.
And trees and grass don't coexist well together either. (Again, more wisdom from Alex Shigo.)

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