September 24, 2016
As the fall garden cleanup continues I start scoping mulch material. So far all I've found is madrone leaves and pine needles. Last year I put a 4" layer of them on some Creeping Jenny that I was trying to eliminate and the mulch was gone before I knew it. I think it would have lasted longer if I had put it on bare ground because the Creeping Jenny was full of slugs that ate it as it was dying, and then they ate my mulch..
All the grass hay that I put down this spring gave the slugs a haven and they left my plants alone. I'll need to be doubly alert this spring because I may have a plethora..