Rhododendrons and horse muck !

We inherited about a dozen, mature rhododendrons/azaleas when we bought our house. They are in a shady area under trees and a very overgrown beech hedge. We have severely pruned the beech hedge now and the rhododendrons are now getting more light and seem to be doing a lot better this year. I have a huge amount of well-rotted horse manure (with and without straw) - any reason not to mulch the rhododendron with it ??

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  • granmagranma Posts: 1,598

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NO NO !.NO

    WHATEVER YOU DO , DO NOT GET THE HORSEMUCK ANYWHERE YOUR AZALEAS, RHODEDENDRONS ,CAMILIA IF YOU HAVE THESE TOO .

    Never put cow muck or any other

    IT WILL KILL -THEY HATE MENUR

    THESE  PLANTS ALL NEED ERECASIUS  COMPOST . THE PLANTS YOU MENTION ARE BEAUTIFUL AND WILL FREWARD YOU TREMENDOSLY OVER THE YEARS. PLEASE CHECK UP THESE .

    You can get the food from a garden store / pound stretcher/  etc

    You Need Sequested iron .

  • OK - I won't use the cow manure on them image image They do get a good mulch of leaves in the autumn naturally image

    Have just mulched a 200 ft hedge with the straw manure (did this last year too) and used it for the veggies, but have so much left, I'll have to use it on another hedge image image

    Thank you

     

     

     

  • Apart from Rhubarb I always compost mine. Didn't know you could use it directly onto Runner beans. Hmm will bear that in mind

  • What do you mean by compost it ?? I just have mine delivered by a friend who dumps a tractor/trailer load in our field. I leave it to sit there for at least 6 months before using it (far too much to shift it anywhere near my compost bins image One heap is with straw, the other is just pure poo image

  • Ah - yes image image  I've have too although I planted my beans out last weekend and they didn't like the wind, but hopefully they will come away OK image image

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,598

     If you grow tomatoes , cucumbers , melons.it will be much appreciated I think that .you can use it on many veg though check first !.  if its used on root veg like carrots they

    " Fork ". 

    Pleased your not using your horse muck on Azalea's etc , I love this family of shrubs and the only reason I know is because I did it to my first ! Would love to see some photo's of yours if possible.   

     

  • Daisy where's your field? I'll come by with a wagon tonight image Alas I have a small garden and only rooms for compost bins

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,196

    Is mulching rhodedendrons with garden compost also a no-no?

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
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