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Old 09-16-2013, 10:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: Must Separate Pups?

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Originally Posted by Dave in Minnesota View Post
Olaf, I mean: do they need air at all? I just want to make sure they dont suffocate if they're completely covered all winter.
I am not really sure, since I have in the past used small plastic tubs with the bottom cut out, flower pots
or a combination thereof around the PSs, before I piled on the leaves, mostly to provide a separation
between the sure to be soggy leaves and the PSs. So yeah, they did have a minimum of air space, but
my main motivation was to prevent rotting. I my permanent shelter they will be much more dry, and will
also have more air space around them. You also gave me an idea of another advantage,, I had not
thought of before: On one of the warmer days during the winter, it only takes seconds to remove rock
and lid to air them out a bit, spray some Serenade or such, if there are any signs of mildew and place
it all back together.

From reading the posts here, I gather, that most here do provide at least some minimal separation
between the stems and the insulation material, except for those who wrap the stems in burlap.





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