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WEATHER IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS TODAY

MULCH.

"Mulch" is something that covers the soil around the daylily plant to help control weeds, preserve moisture, and moderate the temperature of the soil. 

There are many forms of mulch, including rocks, plastic, paper, pine needles, leaves, bark and shredded wood, and many varieties of composted organic matter.

Mulch can be purchased in bulk from a number of vendors in Southeast Texas.  Mulch can also be purchased by the bag from garden centers and large home improvement centers.

The finer forms of mulch also make excellent SOIL AMENDMENTS, to be worked into the soil to improve the soil.  Be careful not to add too much organic matter, as it will rob the plants of nitrogen as it breaks down.

Look at the section on PLANTING DAYLILIES to see how to best prepare the soil for planting daylilies, including adding soil amendments.

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SOURCES OF MULCH

Some of the members of the Gulf Coast Daylily Society recommend these local sources of mulch and other soil amendments.

BRUCES MULCH

RICE HULLS

Here is a good PDF File from Texas A&M on mulches.  EarthKind Mulching.  And here is one on composting.  EarthKing Compost.

 

FREE MULCH AND SOIL AMENDMENT.

Every resident in Southeast Texas has access to the free mulch produced by the Recycling Operations of the Beaumont Landfill.

The Recycling Operations people grind up brush, leaves, and other plant material collected in the city.  This is screened and mixed and composted to some extent and made available to the public every SATURDAY, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Beaumont Landfill.

The Recycling Operations staff will load -- with a front-end-loader -- your trucks and trailers for free.

Bring tarps and ropes to secure the material for travel.

There are two grades of mulch, a fine and a course grade. 

  • The fine grade goes first and is made of smaller organic material, excellent for soil amendment.
  • The course grade will include larger particles, fine for mulching.

Beware though, it is possible for weed seeds and non-organic (plastic, etc.) materials to be in the mulch.  "Buyer beware!"

Many members of the Gulf Coast Daylily Society have used this free mulch for years with excellent results.

In the SPRING, people line up with trucks and trailers line as early as 6:00 a.m.  The fine stuff can be in high demand.

The landfill is located at 5895 Lafin Drive, just west of the intersection of Highway 69 (Cardinal Drive) and Fannett Road.  (The road just west of the service station at the corner.)

See MAP BELOW or link to map site

5895 Lafin Dr, Beaumont, TX 77705-4335

 

A map of 5895 Lafin Dr, Beaumont, TX 77705-4335. Click to see the map on MSN Maps & Directions

 

 

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