By Kathleen Brown

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02-T2639 6/3/03 12:42 PM Page 16 16 Dear Dirt Doctor Mulch from Walnut Q. I believe I understood you to say not to use walnut wood shavings, as they could kill plants. I want to check that information, as I have two bags of walnut shavings I was just about to use for mulch. If these shavings are not good to use as mulch, is there any way I can use them or should I just get rid of them? A. Don’t use them directly in the beds, but it is okay to mix them in the compost pile with other materials. Mix them with leaves and spent plants, add some dry molasses to the pile, and a wonderful topdressing mulch will be ready to use in a few weeks.

04-T2639 6/3/03 12:43 PM Page 35 Synthetic versus Natural Fertilizers 35 Manure Q. Our soil here is very hard clay. Our house is on high ground. We are planting some Bradford pears. We had holes dug by a backhoe. Today I got some old, dry, flaky cow manure from our neighbor’s barn. I layered the bottom of the hole with manure, then added a layer of dirt, repeating these layers to near the top. Late this evening, after I completed the planting, my wife said that you cannot do this because when the roots hit the manure they will burn.

Your advice to use Nolo Bait and neem-oil spray saved our baby pecan trees from nasty grasshoppers. Thank you so very much. I raise Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies in an outdoor tent on milkweed plants. What can I use to control plant pests that will not harm eggs, larvae, or adult butterflies? Your book says to use liquid seaweed, citrus oil, and soapy water for various pests. Will any of these remedies hurt the ova, larvae, or adult butterflies? Adult butterflies feed on nectar and artificial nectar that I make.

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