Container Mulch

garf_gwDecember 12, 2012

What would be a good mulch for use in a container?

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

.... using as a mulch or soil component?

Al

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 7:47PM
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garf_gw

Mulch, eventual soil amendment.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 8:42PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

What's available to you?

Pine/Fir bark in a particle range from dust to 1/2 inch is quite workable.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 9:21PM
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garf_gw

Mostly grass clippings and leaves.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 2:41PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Use neither of those for a container.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 3:22PM
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jodik_gw

I would agree with Josh. I would stay away from anything that will quickly decompose and possibly change the Ph of the soil too drastically. I would go with fir bark.

Growing in the ground is very different from growing in containers. I save organic methods for the garden, and keep with more inorganic, controllable methods for container growing.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 2:51PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Make it 3.

Al

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 11:26AM
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IowaAvo

If you make Al's gritty mix, just use the pine bark after it's first screening, (1/4"-3/8") but before you've removed the fines...(Thanks, AL..)

    Bookmark   December 22, 2012 at 12:49PM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

Since last few weeks I have been experiencing different mulch. I have used dry coco coir, small rocks and polysterin beads and finally I use now LECA/hydrograin.I have a couple of questions about mulch and its application.

How thick should I apply the mulch LECA?
Is it just covered the soil?
Could the mulch dry or wet or moisture the upper soil layer?

I am more concerned about the damping/wet of the upper soil layer.

Any help will be appreciated.

Caelian

This post was edited by chilliwin on Sun, Dec 23, 12 at 9:14

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 9:00AM
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