Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Shavings and Flower Beds

Ric Taylor
>I've been thinking about the discussions below regarding spreading shavings in flower beds. I've been doing this for years, although I must admit that I'm sometimes disappointed with my flowers. Sometimes, not always. Maybe it will help to say that I turn dry wood, not green.

I understand why some people advocate not using shavings in the yard under the theory that the shavings draw nitrogen from the soil. What I don't understand is, how is this any different from putting mulch on the flowerbeds? In my part of the country, mulch is usually pretty fresh pine bark, or some shredded pine. It seems to me that the mulch would have the same effect as the shavings.

Composting is not an option for me. Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Ric

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