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Mulch in autumn?

Hi,  I have managed to get hold of some well rotted manure - can I use it as a mulch on roses & clematis at this time of year or should I hang on until Spring?


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    I do mine in autumn or spring so either really.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,474
    I’ve just mulched the roses with some manure (bagged). So long as you spread it around the base but keep it away from direct contact with the stems, mulch away.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,126
    If it's good stuff, I'd wait till spring if you can.
    While your plants are sleeping, the winter rains will have washed most of the goodness out of it by the time the plants wake up in spring.
    If it's just compost to add organic matter then either autumn or spring

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  • FireFire Posts: 18,026
    I do both spring and autumn.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,350
    I do it at any time.
    Mulching is best done after soil is moist, if you're in a dry area, hence this time of year and spring.
    If you aren't in a dry area, you can put it on any time you want to help the soil structure. 
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  • Ok, thanks everyone for the replies
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