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    No, what I'm saying is....I wouldn't go over a foot in depth when it comes to leaf mulch due to the decay factor, but you can prolly use more straw or pine needles without an issue if you need a thicker mulch layer, given that your climate has harsher winters than mine. If you go over a foot of dead leaves, it will smother the plants most likely.
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    OOooooh. gotcha.. now it makes sense.

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    I think the key thing is that whatever you use for insulation won't smoosh totally flat..
    Maple leaves will tend to lay flat to each other, making a layer of leaves that is "flat on the bottom"..not open and airy.
    this could be bad..you would want a thinner layer if using such material.

    While pine needles will remain more "open"..they wont make a solid flat layer pressed right to the surface of the bog and the CP's..
    it remains more open and "porous"..you could use a thicker layer of such material overall, and it would probably be a better insulator,
    because of all the open air pockets it would contain..

    Black oak leaves are also good, since the pointy ends tend to keep individual leaves from laying flat on each other,
    again keeping those nice open spaces:


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    helpful AND useful information.
    Thank you.

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    Awesome. This gives me encouragment in my Zone 5 bog experiment. Have you ever tried any Darlingtonia? Or any that didn't make it through the winter?

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    Now with whatever you use for isulation. Will all of it have to be removed once spring comes? I can only imagine the aggrivation of removing 6 to 12 inches of pine needles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazedshaman View Post
    Now with whatever you use for isulation. Will all of it have to be removed once spring comes? I can only imagine the aggrivation of removing 6 to 12 inches of pine needles.
    I've got the bog half filled in with pine needles already. The whole time collecting them all I could think about was having to clear them all away from the bog come spring.
    So yeah, once the snow melts I'll have to clear away all of the "insulation" from the bog.

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    Sounds awesome. Ll has anyone tried a small layer of pine needles first. Then burlap then a thicker layer of needles then burlap again? In a sense clean up would seem to be easier and alot of the pine needles that were applied are easily removed come spring.

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