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Everyday I get lots of questions about mulch.....Keep in mind that mulch is met to help plants not hurt them.  Here is a excellent bulletin on the facts about mulch!

Here are some important bullet points:

1. Use organic forms of mulch that have been composted and are not in bags.

2. Buy mulch that has C:N ratio 30:1

3. Finer grade mulch's mat on the landscape floor and become less desirable to plant health.

4. When mulching the total depth should be 2-4" of new and old accumulation.

5. NEVER pile mulch against plant stems, there should be at least 6-12" space of NO mulch.

http://ohioline.osu.edu/b894/pdf/b894.pdf

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Comment by whale on March 12, 2016 at 7:26am

do you still like the mulchman special?

Comment by Mark Webber on March 27, 2014 at 9:12am

Gordon-Cypress Mulch doesn't decompose and this will intern reduce the biological activity in the soil and reduce organic matter which in turn will cause for plant decline and loss.  You should only use mulch that can decompose, additionally follow the guidelines above. 

Comment by Gordon Harris on March 27, 2014 at 9:03am

Question:  I have been using cypress mulch for years, now I heard you say that it should be avoided.  Why?  For all plants, annual and perennieal flowers, shrubs trees?

Comment by Mark Webber on May 6, 2013 at 11:20am

answers: 

Two questions: What does C:N ratio 30:1 mean? This means 30 parts Carbon to 1 part Nitrogen ratio, which is the related to the level of material is composted...this can be tested in a lab..the attached link on post explains as well.

Why is the space needed with no mulch @ plant. tp prevent stem girdling roots..

I think you should read this as well http://ohioline.osu.edu/b894/pdf/b894.pdf

Comment by Michael Dean Ballard on May 6, 2013 at 11:11am

Two questions: What does C:N ratio 30:1 mean? Why is the space needed with no mulch @ plant.

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