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Q: Almond Hulls as mulch

Nov 06, 2009 -

I read that almond hulls have a lot of calcium. If that is true, would they make good top dressing for a small vineyard on fairly heave soil?
Thank you,

Amber @ Peaceful Valley Says:
Nov 6th, 2009 at 10:45 am

I’m sorry but I really don’t know and haven’t heard.  It seems that the important factors to investigate would be how quickly or slowly the almond hulls break down how they respond to rainfall and irrigation if they are effective in weed control (or whatever your desire is for a mulch)  and how they affect the soil.  These are things I don’t know about with almond hulls.  If you have access to them maybe you should do a trial for yourself on a small scale for a season and observe the results.

Perhaps one of our other bloggers can help!

Fred Hoffman Says:
Nov 6th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

“Clyde Elmore UCD Weed specialist says almond hulls have been tried as a mulch in pistachio orchards: ““Almond hulls worked well as weed control mulch. Crows will move it around looking for almond meats. If the mulch is up against the trunk it could cause problems with rodents and disease.”“”

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