Using Pine Bark Mulch

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    Jheff New Seed

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    greetings gardeners: what are the pros & cons of using pine bark mulch as a covering for potted plants? Any views on the positives or negatives of doing so? Thanks
     
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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    Hello Jheff, I can't help you regarding your question as I've never used pine bark mulch but I do use pea gravel on top and it's always been good with any plants I've had potted...this link may help you, until someone with better knowledge of it can help you :)

    https://homeguides.sfgate.com/pros-cons-bark-planters-48770.html
     
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    purpleinopp Young Pine Plants Contributor

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    Hi & welcome! What would be your motivation for mulching a pot?
     
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    Mulching in pots is for the same reasons as a ground garden; to keep moisture in the soil; especially terra cotta pots, but most pots dry out quicker than the garden, more so in my hot climate. As most of Australia is in drought, being water wise is smart, & using mulch means less water usage.
     
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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    Hi @Jheff as long as your pots hold holes in the bottom and Iine it with what they use in hanging baskets and make sure hole are punctured in it for drainage besides it helps any dirt from dropping through the pot, then plant your pot with what mixture you use and put pea gravel on top as you can buy small bags and make sure the pots are watered twice weekly but not to much...gravel holds moisture.
     
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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    @Jheff it just came to me...this conifer as been moved 3 times in to different sized pots with what I've just mentioned above and this year did it's final transport to it's 4th :rofl:….next time it will be the garden ;) and once a week it gets turned, so the conifer gets what it needs regarding weather and watering.

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