Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Honeysuckle Wood Chips Make Fine Mulch

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Honeysuckle Wood Chips Make Fine Mulch

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Q * My son had a construction crew remove many honeysuckle bushes in his back yard. Instead of hauling them off, the contractor "mulched" them and said he could spread the mulch in the back portion of his lot and then cover it with wood bark mulch. He has not yet removed the root balls. These will be dug out and hauled off. Is it advisable to spread this honeysuckle mulch? I am afraid he will just have an infestation of honeysuckle again.

A * Absolutely, there is no problem with using the wood chips from honeysuckle bushes as a surface mulch elsewhere in your garden. In a way, there's a certain satisfactory sense of revenge and justice in turning the tables on this weed and making a positive out of a negative.

However, keep in mind and this is just one reason why honeysuckle bush is such an insidious, invasive plant if your garden contains elements attractive to birds (which is a good thing! …

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