Q. Do leaves from cedar elms and Texas red oaks work well for mulch in the shrub border?

A. Texas red oak works very well for mulch or as fuel for the compost pile. Cedar elm is harder to use because the leaves are so small. Most of us with cedar elms just let the leaves decompose on the lawn. 

Calvin Finch is a retired horticulture agent in Bexar County. He writes for and works with a number of area media outlets.

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