Is Cottonseed Meal The Best For My Boxwoods?

Q: I have used cottonseed meal for my boxwoods in the past. Is this still the best choice? 

A: I think cottonseed meal works great! Commonly sold as livestock feed, cottonseed meal slowly decomposes over time and gradually releases nutrients to the boxwoods. In addition it is an effective mulch. Its appearance is not very attractive though. When I’ve used it in the past, I covered the meal with pine straw or chips.