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which wood?

Posted by victoria321 z3Alaska (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 10, 07 at 5:38

I was thinking of using aspen shavings, the same as are sold for small animal bedding, how would this compare to the bagged garden variety bark mulch ( I don't like the splinters)?
And if I need to be concerned with nitrogen depletion I can spray miracal grow on the garden to counter the effect right ?

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RE: which wood?

  • Posted by lindac Iowa Z 5/4 (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 13, 07 at 11:54

Aspen shavings would be fine as mulch. The impact on the nitrogen in your soil would be very minimal, but if you are concerned, spread a little composted manure before you lay down the wood chips. After the first year you will reach an equilibrium with the decaying mulch giving back what the newer mulch takes from the soil.
I avoid spraying mirical grow on your garden. It may give a quick boost but does nothing for the long term health of your plants nor which is a lot more important, your soil.
Linda C

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