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Old Yesterday, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Rhodies don't like mulch close to the base. You should leave it 2-3" away. For yellowing, a good treatment is Epsom salts dissolved in water, 1 tablespoon to a gallon every couple of weeks until it greens up.
I keep all mulch away from the base of the plant or tree as that has always been the recommendation.
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Old Yesterday, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Rhodies don't like mulch close to the base. You should leave it 2-3" away. For yellowing, a good treatment is Epsom salts dissolved in water, 1 tablespoon to a gallon every couple of weeks until it greens up.
First time hearing of this and I will try it out starting today, thank you!
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Old Yesterday, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Southern Most New Jersey
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Is the general surrounding soil compact clay? Or was the plant planted with lots of quality soil around it.

Do you have a local extension agent who you can asked questions like this. A local extension agent will be aware of localized issues.

I was a Rutgers Master Gardener for 4 years. One thing that was hammered home was the quality of soil used in planting. Amending soil, etc.
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Old Yesterday, 10:01 AM
 
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Lately, I have been using a Lowes product called Clay Breaker with Gypsum. It claims the gypsum softens up clay soil adds nutrients and can be used as a mulch.
As a mulch, never.

To the OP, yellowing of the leaves is almost always over-watering. If you planted last fall, it is no longer a new plant and does not need careful watering. Just sit back and relax. The yellowed leaves can't be recovered, but if its not the whole plant, no big deal.
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Old Yesterday, 11:50 AM
 
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First time hearing of this and I will try it out starting today, thank you!
Noticed the black mulch reference in your original post. Mulch can be its own thing. How close, a little, a little more. Natural, dark brown, black red. Single, double, triple shredded. One home we loved, the new owner put down rubber tire mulch when they moved in. Stunk and I can't imagine it did any good.

All the best on your rhodies.
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Old Yesterday, 01:10 PM
 
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Rubber tire mulch is claimed to last forever and not wash away in rain. What does not get said is that it stinks, is heavy to work with, and can release toxins as it degrades.
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Old Yesterday, 01:54 PM
 
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Rubber tire mulch is claimed to last forever and not wash away in rain. What does not get said is that it stinks, is heavy to work with, and can release toxins as it degrades.
Just the thought of it is nauseating. Rubber tire mulch in the hot sun.
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Old Yesterday, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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As a mulch, never.

To the OP, yellowing of the leaves is almost always over-watering. If you planted last fall, it is no longer a new plant and does not need careful watering. Just sit back and relax. The yellowed leaves can't be recovered, but if its not the whole plant, no big deal.
Ok, so the yellow leaves could be from overwatering so I will give it break and continue to monitor the plant.

The Clay Breaker with gypsum is a great mulch for plants according to the the manufacturer, its written on the front of the bag. Beacause I read that, I spread some on two small Crape Myrtles that I recently planted.

You think this is a bad idea??

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Old Yesterday, 02:20 PM
 
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The Clay Breaker with gypsum is a great mulch for plants according to the the manufacturer, its written on the front of the bag. Beacause I read that, I spread some on two small Crape Myrtles that I recently planted.
Do you believe every manufacture claim? I hope not. There are negatives to gypsum, you might read a bit here:

https://puyallup.wsu.edu/wp-content/.../03/gypsum.pdf
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Old Yesterday, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Do you believe every manufacture claim? I hope not. There are negatives to gypsum, you might read a bit here:

https://puyallup.wsu.edu/wp-content/.../03/gypsum.pdf
Got it, thanks! Bottom line is that it adds very little benefit to clay soils so it appears the package labeling if mostly all hype.
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