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Mulching around Palm Bases?
Posted by Ken-Charlotte
on 4/22/2020, 9:05 pm
I lost a large old oak last year, and had the stump ground up into a mountain of wood chips. Knowing they would be no good for vegetable gardening, I exported a fair amount of the chips to the bases of some of my palms, including Pindo and Windmill Palms, thinking that such mulch would benefit them, especially from a water conservation angle.
This week, I came across an Arizona palm website that strongly disfavors mulch around the bases of Pindo Palms. The site says that Butia roots need to dry out, and that mulch can lead to root rot.
Is this advice also pertinent for Windmill Palms?
It seems like Dwarf Palmettos may favor the added moisture associated with mulch.