Sword Ferns

Asked October 10, 2016, 2:35 PM EDT

I have an forested area that I had to clear out. I dug up appox 30 ferns and saved them. I am now ready to replant them in the dirt only area . I have some fresh saw dust (fir) from another project I would like to us as ground cover for the ferns. Is this a good idea? Thanks in advance for your help......................... ron

Polk County Oregon

1 Response

Fir bark would be a better choice. Sawdust will use up available nitrogen in the soil as it decomposes. It is also more likely to become compacted. If you decide to use sawdust plan on supplementing the soil with a high-nitrogen fertilizer within a year of planting. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/disadvantages-wood-shavings-mulch-47586.html http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/sword-fern/sword-fern-care.htm http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/fern/polmun/all.html