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What are you mulching your blueberries with?

Austin Max

Joined: Mar 15, 2012
Posts: 98
Location: South Central Kentucky
Just curious what people are mulching their blueberries with, successes and failures?
Ken Peavey

Joined: Dec 21, 2009
Posts: 2523
Location: FL
Welcome to Permies.

Rotten oak leaves. I add more leaves to the surface each year. I've tossed down some compost, then mulched with leaves. The oak leaves have a pH of around 5.6, so the plants love it. The moisture remains long after it rains, and my worm population is thriving. Depth of mulch is about 4 inches.

Last year I had troubles until I got more fence up. The bed was doing well with the compost and mulch, lots of bugs and grubs. Couldn't keep the chickens away from it. I had 6 blueberries, they scratched up 5 of them.

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Eric Thompson

Joined: Apr 23, 2011
Posts: 319
Location: Bothell, WA - USA
Free wood chips: pine and fir with some needles mixed in -- they are enough to keep most grass out, low mold count...but creeping buttercup and horsetail still breach the forcefield...
John Polk

Joined: Feb 20, 2011
Posts: 6884
Location: Currently in Seattle. Probably moving 1 hour north by end of the year.
Just don't fall into the trap of using coffee grounds for blueberries, or any other acid loving plant. Coffee grounds lose their acidity once they are brewed. Unbrewed, they are highly acidic, but once brewed, their pH raises to +/- 6.9

J D Horn

Joined: Jan 23, 2012
Posts: 155
The ones we planted when I was growing up liked the pine straw.
Hanley Kale-Grinder

Joined: Sep 30, 2011
Posts: 112
Location: Mountain West of USA, Salt Lake City
Random leaves. My one plant was planted in a pot last fall and it seems to have over wintered all right. I'll have a better idea of its situation in a week or so.
Isaac Hill

Joined: Feb 28, 2011
Posts: 354
Location: Beaver County, Pennsylvania (~ zone 6)
Pine needles, straw and rotting leaves of mixed origin.

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M.K. Dorje

Joined: Feb 23, 2011
Posts: 153
Location: Orgyen
I like to use a combination of maple leaves, blueberry leaves and homemade Douglas-fir chips.
George Lee

Joined: Mar 15, 2011
Posts: 539
Location: Athens, GA/Sunset, SC
Coffee grounds and hardwood mulches. I use the grounds to deter pests typically.

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