>No one has answered this (anyway public) yet
>and I want to add my interest in the question.
>Here are some questions in my mind about mulch for roses:
>1) Should we really buy hardwood mulch since hardwood is becoming rare?
Should we therefore throw it away? The mulch is a by-product; it isn't
the reason the trees are being cut.
>2) Does lots of mulch harbour sickness and harmfull insects,
> read somewhere here that folks rince it in bleach (should use a chorine
> alternative thinking of baby seals and such..)
Never heard of sterilizing mulch with bleach, but if this was done, the
bleach would be de-activated pretty quickly
The only problem I've heard of is that the mulch might attract termites
or other wood-boring pests
Baby seals? (Unless the hardwood is made into clubs to kill them, I don't
see the connection here.)
>3) And as Barman asks, will the PH have an affect on the roses.
Maybe, maybe not. If so, it can be corrected fairly easily. A lot depends
on original soil conditions.
J. Del Col
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