English laurel as mulch poisonous?
Hi, I have a massive cherry laurel aka Prunus laurocerasus and have a ton of leaves each year from pruning. Do you know if the leaves make a suitable mulch? I've read that the leaves are poisonous so I'm wondering if this would have have a negative impact on the soil. I currently have some areas to mulch to try and suppress plant growth such as pathways between raised veggie beds and other pathways in our side yard. But eventually I may want to grow food in these areas. Thanks in advance!
Multnomah County Oregon
Prunus laurocerasus is fine to use as mulch. The toxicity is from eating the plant, and it isn't listed as being a problem for other plants (allelopathic). A caution: my experience is that the leaves are slippery to walk on, as they are slow to break down.