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Old 07-02-2009, 09:57 PM posted to rec.gardens.roses
Jeffrey L. Kline Jeffrey L. Kline is offline
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Default Best Mulch for roses?

Nope. If the compost has any smell, it is of the earth. Horse and sheep
are about the same as far as nutrients. Don't know much about sheep manure
smell. (We don't have many around here). Cow is a bit lower in N2, but its
still good stuff. If your bed is small, you can buy deodorized manure by
the bag at the local nursery. Here's a link that will no doubt tell you more
than you ever wanted to know. No
problems with mice, as there in nothing in the compost that they can eat.


Jeff, Southeast Michigan, zone 5

"Noddy" wrote in message
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Does the horse manure smell (even when aged), as I would want to put it
around the outside of my deck, which is surrounded by rose-bushes? I
wouldn't want eau de horse instead of eau de rose g How about cow or
manure, which I can buy rather than shovel? And would such compost
small animal activity there?
Many thanks for the replies....Noddy.

"Jeffrey L. Kline" wrote in message
I've read, and personally think, organic compost is best. It has the
insulating effect, highest water retaining capacity (I water about 33%

now) and provides slow release nitrogen and other valuable sub-straights.
I use a combination of well aged horse manure mixed with leaves, grass,

other good stuff, mixed with a bit of 19-19-19 to off-set the higher

content due to wood chips in the horse manure as well as the leaves. I

it together in the fall and by the time the ground in the back it dried

enough the take the tractor back there, you've have some really nice

A 2 to 4 inch application, topped off with a anti-emergent, and you're
dancing. What few weeds that do show-up are easily removed.

I have a horse farm down the road, but I know a lot of municipalities
compost piles as well. It might be worth calling around. The only down
side I can see is you have to reapply ever so often. Perhaps once a year
for the first few years, then less often as the lay builds. But really,
isn't that part of the fun of growing roses?


Jeff, Southeast Michigan, Zone 5

"Martin H. Eastburn" wrote in message
I'd steer away from wood-chips - they rob Nitrogen. Which might not be
all that bad if you use that in the lawn.

I'd use lawn cloth. The black mesh to keep weeds down in gardens.
Over it you could put something to hold it down and decorate.

Rocks might be to hard on the roots...

Others ?

Noddy wrote:
What would be the best mulch to keep down weeds/grass around rose

i.e. wood-chips, pebbles, etc.
without any detriment to the rose bushes.