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What's the best bark mulch for around palm trees?

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I'd like to put some bark mulch around my palms this spring, but I think I remember reading some time ago that some types of bark mulch is not good for palms because it creates a haven for a certain type of white fungus that can kill palms.... Is this true ?

Or would compost mulch be better?

Thanks.

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Palm crazy

I'd like to put some bark mulch around my palms this spring, but I think I remember reading some time ago that some types of bark mulch is not good for palms because it creates a haven for a certain type of white fungus that can kill palms.... Is this true ?

Or would compost mulch be better?

Thanks.

After doing some thinking I think my last comment is the way to go... :interesting:

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Tassie_Troy1971

I have tried it all and the one i found that was best over all is pea straw ! it adds nitrogen to the soil as well .

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Palm crazy

Pea Straw? Never hear of that here in the States Troy, Sounds interesting.

Any type of straw base product I've used for bedding [for pets] in the pass has resulted in tons of grass coming up.

Maybe Pea Straw is different, if I can fine it here it would be fun to try.

If not, I was thinking of getting some course compost or something like that.

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MattyB

Compost is always better

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DoomsDave

It all works.

Compost rots really fast, and can blow around. Bark is prettier to look at, but it can get expensive. Stone is prettiest of all, and it's the most expensive, and it gets buried after a while.

I'd go ahead and experiment and see what you like best. Don't be afraid to try something new.

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Walter John

Sugar Cane Mulch is my fav.

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Tropicgardener

Sugar Cane Mulch is my fav.

Yeah I am with you there Wal.........I like to lay a layer of cane mulch down and then sometimes put a layer of 'Dump' mulch on top. The cane mulch does wonders for the soil.

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Palm crazy

Good suggestion all.

My soil is Glacial sandy loam I may not need this but thought about adding Rock dust for Mineral and Trace elements by using Mineral Sea Salts [ Natural NA, CI, Ca, Fe, I, Mn, Zn, Cu, etc.] and Greensand [0-0-6].

Also thought about mushroom compost which consists of 60% wheat straw, 25% poultry littler, 10% gypsum and 5% urea.

Or I could use

Groco. Croco is a composted mixture of 95% sawdust and 5% biosolids. :mrlooney:

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Karen

Regardless of which mulch you decide to go with, make sure you keep the mulch away from direct contact with the trunks of your palms.

Aloha, Karen

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TikiRick

I think it really depends on what is available in your local area. I use cypress mulch, but at times I feel bad about using a native tree as mulch. I used to be able to buy a 2 cubic foot bag for 77 cents US, but now, it's running $2.10 US. Nevertheless, I like the smell, color, texture, and it lasts quite sometime.

Anyone ever use the chipped recycled rubber mulch? It's interesting but expensive. It may be cheaper in the long run, if it lasts and doesnt float away in our summer downpours.

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MattyB

Regardless of which mulch you decide to go with, make sure you keep the mulch away from direct contact with the trunks of your palms.

Aloha, Karen

Actually, in dry climates this is not as important. I've found that a few inches of coarse mulch against the trunks is beneficial in creating a nice environment for adventitious roots to form.

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chris.oz

I am pretty much with Matt on that one, Sometimes the base of the palm pushes itself above of the ground level/ or the ground around the base sinks/compacts and soil/mulch is a good way to encourage new root development that would have been hindered by contact with dry air. The key is, both composted or uncomposted mulches are available. If the mulch is "fresh" uncomposted and you "pile" it against the trunk and it starts to decompose the temperature in the process can go up to 160 F and thats bad. If you are going to pile it against the trunk, make sure its already been "composted" and broken down !

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smotrs

Anyone ever use the chipped recycled rubber mulch? It's interesting but expensive. It may be cheaper in the long run, if it lasts and doesnt float away in our summer downpours.

Sorry for digging up an old thread but I was actually doing some searching on this myself. What are the thoughts on rubber mulch?

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trioderob

its crap

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KennyRE317

I've always munched in beds, help in keeping moisture and keeping out weeds. I just bought 10bags over the weekend

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MattyB

Anyone ever use the chipped recycled rubber mulch? It's interesting but expensive. It may be cheaper in the long run, if it lasts and doesnt float away in our summer downpours.

Sorry for digging up an old thread but I was actually doing some searching on this myself. What are the thoughts on rubber mulch?

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Moose

Anyone ever use the chipped recycled rubber mulch? It's interesting but expensive. It may be cheaper in the long run, if it lasts and doesnt float away in our summer downpours.

Sorry for digging up an old thread but I was actually doing some searching on this myself. What are the thoughts on rubber mulch?

Not a fan either. Since I am on mostly pure rock, organic all the way! :greenthumb:

Addressing the original inquiry, my preference would be pine bark mulch. Mostly because my soil has a pH @ 7.1. Some evidence that this may lower it. However, I don't use pine bark. Municiple mulch is used in the Moose Land - why send it to the landfill? A liberal use oak leaves before laying down the mulch seems beneficial here. :)

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Hammer

Anyone ever use the chipped recycled rubber mulch? It's interesting but expensive. It may be cheaper in the long run, if it lasts and doesnt float away in our summer downpours.

Sorry for digging up an old thread but I was actually doing some searching on this myself. What are the thoughts on rubber mulch?

Ficus elastica loves it

ha haaaaaa

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doranakandawatta

Do you also get Miscanthus mulch in your country?

We have that in Switzerland, it's a nice ecologic mulch grown locally.

It makes a good looking mulching and should "match" with palms!

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newcal

I tend to use melaleuca quinquenervia/leucadendra mulch here on the Gold coast.There are a couple of plantations in northern NSW that extract the oils from these species and sell off the bi product as Tea tree mulch.It breaks down fairly quickly,makes beautiful soil,though the only drawback is it's quite pricey (Around $60-$75 a Metre).My garden now is starting to produce its own mulch(abundant leaf litter and palm fronds) and nothing is wasted,it all goes back into the soil.Wal i did use sugar cane as well as it's high in nitrogen but the negatives out weighed the positives(Dust from the cane linked to cancer and the large pieces found in the bales can and have spread cane borer to areas well away from its usual location,thus attacking many palm sps here in suburban areas on the coast).....cheers Mike Green(Newcal)

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smotrs

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Is that any relation to a Rubber Tree?

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smotrs

So it sounds like the general consensus is no to the Rubber Mulch. :)

So anyone in the So. California, Fontana area have a good choice for a bucket scoop of organic mulch? I'd rather go that route then buy individual bags from Home Depot. The other option is the city offers free mulch to residents ,but I've read posts regarding who knows what is in it.

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KennyRE317

Anyone ever use the chipped recycled rubber mulch? It's interesting but expensive. It may be cheaper in the long run, if it lasts and doesnt float away in our summer downpours.

Sorry for digging up an old thread but I was actually doing some searching on this myself. What are the thoughts on rubber mulch?

Ficus elastica loves it

ah, you beat me to it :mrlooney:

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KennyRE317

So it sounds like the general consensus is no to the Rubber Mulch. :)

So anyone in the So. California, Fontana area have a good choice for a bucket scoop of organic mulch? I'd rather go that route then buy individual bags from Home Depot. The other option is the city offers free mulch to residents ,but I've read posts regarding who knows what is in it.

I didn't know the city or cities offer free mulch. like i said earlier i bought 10 bags at $2.50/bag from home depot, there's also a building supply shop near me that sells in bulk but i don't have a truck or a way to move that much mulch. you're out in Fontana there's a few places that offer mulch/compost/good dirt in bulk and they'll deliver for cheap because they're out in the inland empire. i'll try and get some phone numbers for you if i can find it but you can search craigslist

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smotrs

I didn't know the city or cities offer free mulch. like i said earlier i bought 10 bags at $2.50/bag from home depot, there's also a building supply shop near me that sells in bulk but i don't have a truck or a way to move that much mulch. you're out in Fontana there's a few places that offer mulch/compost/good dirt in bulk and they'll deliver for cheap because they're out in the inland empire. i'll try and get some phone numbers for you if i can find it but you can search craigslist

Yeah, I came across it on the Fontana website.

Couldn't find a site for Seal Beach, but it appears Long Beach has a program,

http://www.longbeach.gov/citymanager/sustainability/buildings_n_neighborhoods/mulch_delivery/default.asp

Sure your not in Long Beach? :)

If you come across those numbers, please share. I'll head over to Craigslist when I get a chance.

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KennyRE317

I didn't know the city or cities offer free mulch. like i said earlier i bought 10 bags at $2.50/bag from home depot, there's also a building supply shop near me that sells in bulk but i don't have a truck or a way to move that much mulch. you're out in Fontana there's a few places that offer mulch/compost/good dirt in bulk and they'll deliver for cheap because they're out in the inland empire. i'll try and get some phone numbers for you if i can find it but you can search craigslist

Yeah, I came across it on the Fontana website.

Couldn't find a site for Seal Beach, but it appears Long Beach has a program,

http://www.longbeach.gov/citymanager/sustainability/buildings_n_neighborhoods/mulch_delivery/default.asp

Sure your not in Long Beach? :)

If you come across those numbers, please share. I'll head over to Craigslist when I get a chance.

the address on my drivers license is from Long Beach :), for 3 years now I've been too lazy to get the address changed lol

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