BELOW IS AN EXTRACT FROM THE ROSE RAMBLER THIS WEEK … IT LED TO INTERESTING DISUCCSION – WORTH READING!
USING THE AUTUMN LEAVES … If you like to rake the Autumn leaves please don’t pile them up and burn them! Run the mower (with catcher on) over the fallen leaves and mulch your rose garden with them – the lawn clippings that come with the leaves will add nitrogen to the rose garden too.
Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2013 4:30 PM
Subject: Re: THE ROSE RAMBLER
Just a query. I thought lawn clippings depleted the garden of nitrogen, do you mean old clippings
or fresh one mixed with the leaves. I agree with demonstrating pruning. I had a technician here today
showing me how to do the Avery jam labels – it makes sense after a month of trying!
Last night we had a speaker from SGA on selecting, placement, preparation, pruning and harvesting of fruit trees
mainly apples and pears and, like you mentioned, not to think of pruning until after leaf fall (Manningham Council puts
this on last Wednesday in the month). Last month it was Helen Tuton (soil scientist) on soils. Never can learn enough.
On 30/05/2013, at 7:00 PM, Diana Sargeant wrote:
Hey Joanne … when I wrote that, I thought about it and yes, there is the theory that lawn clippings in heaps deplete the soil of nitrogen (and other nutrients!!!) however, because the lawns aren’t too long right now, to collect the leaves with some lawn clippings and then throw over the garden is a really good idea …. certainly way, way better than burning them. I have to be creative and address ALL the gardeners, young, old, experienced, inexperienced, etc. etc. – on issues such as this one, it’s difficult and like I said, better to give everybody a way of clearing the autumn leaves rather than burning them!!! Thanks for your ongoing interest in Silkies Rose Farm … cheers …
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From Joanne, 31.5.2013
Thanks Diana, I see the point. I was confused because like I said last night the speaker addressed
this issue as someone asked if it was OK to pile up the lawn clippings under the citrus trees!
Thanks for clearing that up