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Post by Hairyloon on 4th July 2010, 1:31 pm

But won't the acidity cause problems for what you be mulching around?

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Post by Compostwoman on 4th July 2010, 1:39 pm

When it eventually rots down it might acidify the soil a bit, but mainly it would just be a good general purpose mulch...think about bark play areas etc.

need to be a bit careful with leylandii though as they give off growth inhibitors which might affect growth if they are put too close to delicate plants.

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Post by Hairyloon on 4th July 2010, 2:08 pm

I can't be faffed with delicate plants. Smile
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Post by Compostwoman on 4th July 2010, 3:34 pm

Nor me, I tend to take the view that if it can't cope with a bit of mulch near/by it, it can't be much use, anyway...

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Post by Hairyloon on 6th July 2010, 12:56 pm

Compostwoman wrote:need to be a bit careful with leylandii though as they give off growth inhibitors which might affect growth if they are put too close to delicate plants.
Tell me more about these growth inhibitors.
Do they inhibit all growth?
If you have a plant which is already a good size, will they help keep it at that size, or would they stop it flowering as well?
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Post by Compostwoman on 6th July 2010, 2:16 pm

Not really sure, but think it is more making it die sort of thing

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Post by Hairyloon on 6th July 2010, 11:31 pm

Compostwoman wrote:Not really sure, but think it is more making it die sort of thing
Perhaps not such a great idea as mulch then?

Don't suppose it works on knot-weed.
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Post by Compostwoman on 6th July 2010, 11:34 pm

No, it seems to be ok if you keep it a bit away from the roots of the wanted plants...and on paths its great! it is just a bit more of a deterrent than ordinary bark, althoug Oak has a similar effect I have found ( maybe the tannins?)

No, sadly it doesn't seem to work on knot weed, bindweed or any of the real baddies.

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