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catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

September 2, 2012
4:56 AM

Post #9262089

After this summer, it's become apparent that I need to mulch my blueberry patch (after I dig them out from under the morning glories). I planted them in what used to be "lawn", so I think grass will be an issue as well. What would be the best mulch to use, something I can use in a heavy layer to smother the unwanted intruders. I've considered several alternatives, but thought I'd ask people with more experience before deciding :)
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


September 2, 2012
5:06 AM

Post #9262092

I use pine straw, myself. Lots of pines here so its free for the raking.

pbyrley

pbyrley
Port St Lucie (+ Wk , FL
(Zone 9b)

September 10, 2012
7:48 AM

Post #9270685

To humor my laziness, I just use the pine mulch bags from Lowe's, I think its $3.99 per bag. Pine bark (or pine straw) gives you the acid that blueberries love. I don't know about smothering weed (i.e. morning glories) or grass with just the pine bark. I still have some left over plastic mesh Lowe's sells for weed suppression under mulch and it works well for me.

Paul
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

September 11, 2012
4:42 AM

Post #9271687

Thanks, Paul. I have a roll of weed cloth and will be using that, I think. I have plenty of pine straw in the woods, but may just buy the convenient kind. Need to do something...

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 28, 2012
6:45 AM

Post #9317791

I have used local gathered pine straw for years. Its not as big and wiry as the baled pie straw I bought from a hardware store in NC this spring, but a local white pine tree. Anyway- thick enough it can suppress some weeds. I still have a creeping grass get under it, lightly, and godawful morning glories. (an idiot I saw letting them grow all over the bushes one year) But nothing else new seems to sprout under it.

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