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Post by martino on 4th July 2013, 02:01

just a bit of info is sugar cane mulch good for rose beds??

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Post by neptune on 4th July 2013, 11:21

being using it for the last two years......bought it on the cheap from Bunnings
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Post by Ausrose on 4th July 2013, 13:14

Sugar cane is good mulch. It is generally accepted that lucerne hay is the best mulch because of the growth promotors it contains.

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Post by Balinbear on 4th July 2013, 15:37

We used to buy it in BIG rolls $45 a roll and covered heaps of area. It used to be the green tops off the cane (they used the cane to get the sugar) and lasted quite a while.

Unfortunately the mill near us closed and the farmers either stopped growing or transported the can by truck 15k to the nearest mill.

Anyway the result is now the mulch is all cane stalks and not very good. We bought one roll just before Christmas and it was terrible.

Lucerne is the best but its not cheap.
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Post by silkyfizz on 4th July 2013, 16:41

My preference is lucerne hay, which really enriches the soil as it breaks down. Worms love it and so do the roses. I also use sugar cane mulch in some roses(much cheaper) and it does the job, takes longer to break down and not as nutritious. Don't bother with coir mulch (think it's from coconuts), waste of time.
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Post by Bonita18 on 4th July 2013, 21:13

I have found that you get fewer aphids with sugar cane mulch than with lucerne. Some lucerns still has flower heads in it. Recently a horticulturalist told me that using sugar cane mulch reduces nematodes in the soil. Any opinions on that please?

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Post by paulh on 4th July 2013, 21:51

Bonita18 wrote:I have found that you get fewer aphids with sugar cane mulch than with lucerne. Some lucerns still has flower heads in it. Recently a horticulturalist told me that using sugar cane mulch reduces nematodes in the soil.  Any opinions on that please?

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Post by maree on 4th July 2013, 23:09

I found that Lucerne is expensive , breaks down quickly and i got heaps of weeds too , and this was from top grade lucerne sold at a top nursery , not Bunnings . The Bunnings lucerne was cheaper , but a lot finer, but no weeds . i much prefer sugar cane mulch , last a long longer , no weeds and heaps cheaper . Only thing is the birds flick it everywhere , little buggers ....
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Post by silkyfizz on 5th July 2013, 10:43

Interesting Maree. I've never had a problem with weeds in my lucerne mulch. I buy mine in bales, it's coarser and lasts longer than the chopped up stuff thats sold in plastic wrap. Pea straw I find you get occasional peas sprouting but not really a problem, it's quite good too. Black birds flick EVERYTHING in my garden. Lol Little beggars.
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Post by maree on 5th July 2013, 12:02

Oh okay Silky , never thought of buying it in bales , just get it from the nurserys and Bunnings , sounds like a good idea , i guess you buy it from a farm depot type place ... i've got a sister on huge farm , i'll ask her , where do you buy yours from ?
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 5th July 2013, 14:08

Maree, are you far from the farming areas of Vic, you could find a farm which produces it, cheaper from the grower or if a stockfood/horsey type place is handy they carry it, a bale should have about 8 to 10 biscuits, these can be torn up a bit and some can be halved in thickness.
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Post by silkyfizz on 5th July 2013, 15:45

Maree I just get my bales from a nursery and garden supplies place. Probably cheaper from farming supplies place I suppose but I don't have any nearby, being in downtown suburbia. This nursery stocks the plastic wrapped bales besides the potting mixes and out the back with soils etc they have pea straw and lucerne bales. Pricey though, about $16 per bale I think was the going rate last season.
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Post by Bonita18 on 5th July 2013, 20:06

A word of warning about using large round bales. Do not leave them on their side so they can roll towards you. I know two gardeners on properties in western Qld who became paraplegic when a round bale fell or rolled on top of them.

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Post by maree on 7th July 2013, 00:48

Silky , i've never seen these bales at my nurserys , and Bonita , that sounds terrible , Roseman i'm slapbang in the middle of suburbia , but i do know of a stock feed outlet ....
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Post by jordan71 on 8th July 2013, 18:09

I use it on all my roses , its good stuff Smile
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