We had a terrible ice storm here in Oklahoma this winter that destroyed my bald cypress tree. I had to remove the tree, but I had the tree crew mulch it up and leave it yard. I don't ever want to just throw something that the earth gives me like that into the landfill, but I've heard it isn't good to use with vegetable garden. I have two no till raised beds and am considering using the mulch in them but have heard it's no good for vegetables. What are your thoughts. Should I use it elsewhere?
Yes you can use it but probably not yet, it will need to rot down a lot more most likely. When it gets to a loose fibrous more dirt like substance, you can use. This may take a few years yet.
The reason why is wood will cause a nitrogen deficiency until it breaks down, from which point it will swing back the other way. If you want to use it more quickly, spread it about as a mulch on perennial territory and nature will do the job.
If you want to speed up the rotting mix it with dirt, but that's a lot of work.
You did good not throwing it away, the worst thing you could do. Never throw out plant matter, its the gardens fuel, in any form.
Personally I think people worry about mulch too much. I think you can put just about any plant material on the soil and it won't hurt anything. If you're worried about it "stealing" nitrogen, put a thin layer of manure or grass clippings down first. I wouldn't dig it in, personally, I would just put it on top.
posted 4 years ago
You can't beat free, which it is!
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posted 4 years ago
Oh yes, you can definitely beat free. I get paid to take away most materials that I use as mulch, firewood and building materials. 😎
I buy Cypress mulch to use around strawberries. It works great. It doesn't breakdown very fast, so it keeps the berries clean. I don't think slugs like it as much as they do straw. It also has a neater appearance. A lot of my berries are grown on my deck in Earth Boxes. I haven't had any nitrogen deficiency.
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