Cotton Burr made a difference in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois

I'm a landscaper on the North Shore near Chicago, where our soil is primarily compacted clay - alkaline. Up until this season, I have been using pine bark mulch (without fertilizer)as a mulch and soil amendment, because it breaks down readily and adds some acidity to the soil. However, I could not get sufficient quantity at a reasonable price for my projects this year, so I started using Cotton Burr as an amendment. It made a noticeable difference and quickly, on particularly difficult compacted sites. It also worked very well for a new,large Rose garden.

With the drought conditions this season, I am comfortable now, putting shredded hardwood mulch on top of the amended soil, for added moisture retention. The only problem I have is that local sources have now (August)run out of the product.

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