[NAFEX] paper mulch's affect on gas exchange

mIEKAL aND qazingulaza at gmail.com
Wed Feb 18 17:53:24 EST 2009

Years ago when I kept lovebirds I would put all my scrap office paper  
in their cage & in a couple minutes it would be shredded.   
Additionally they would add some high quality fertilizer t the mix.   
Made wonderful mulch that broke down easily.


On Feb 18, 2009, at 4:48 PM, Alan Haigh wrote:

> I find organic mulch to be helpful in creating aeration, thanks in  
> large part to the acitivity of earthworms as they orgy out on the  
> feast.  Occassionaly, anecdotally, I have had a problem with paper  
> under the mulch.  Wet paper is not going to allow the max free  
> exchange of gasses until the worms have swiss cheesed it.  I have  
> seen plants become chlorotic in wet situations where I broke up the  
> paper a bit and plants greened up.  Not scientific, but good enough  
> for me.
> Haven't encoutered this for several years,

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