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Old 10-22-2011, 09:59 AM   #1
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Cedar mulch

I have seen cedar mulch mentioned for use in our area.
I know they sell this at the gardening centers,but this isn't
the stuff I want to use.
I have many old cedar trees around my land. The cedar
leaves and twigs have deteriorated through the years.
For a few years now I have been raking up the top layer and
digging up the dirt underneath.
I really thought this was a good idea, but I have to tell you
my plants are not doing as well as I had hoped.
So now I am hoping someone can let me know what the
problem might be.
Is it the cedar mulch,dirt,leaves and twigs that's causing
the problem? I don't use big stuff, I sift using chicken wire.
Or could it be that I am putting it on too thick.
I build a berm around my plant to help hold water.
I try to follow the rule, "Plant low,it won't grow.Plant high
it will thrive."
Does anyone know if maybe my problem is the dirt from
deteriorated cedar leaves?
My husband says the cedar has too much acid.
Please give me your feed back.
Thnx,and enjoy this awesome weather!
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:49 AM   #2
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Just a thought. You might try applying some ground-up limestone to a patch of your soil to neutralize the pH. Stop by the Huber office on ave N in Marble Falls. They may donate a few bags for your experiment.
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:04 AM   #3
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The soils in this area generally have a high pH. I doubt one needs to add lime or ground-up limestone to the soil.

What sorta plants are you trying to raise? How deep/shallow is your soil?
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