English laurel as mulch poisonous?

Asked October 27, 2018, 6:30 PM EDT

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

1 Response

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.