The Q&A Archives: Mulch for Shrubs on Bank

Question: I planted 8 cotoneaster horizontalis groundcover shrubs on a five foot slanting slope in the front of my house. What mulch if any do you suggest I use for drainage and esthetic purposes?

Answer: An organic mulch is a good idea because it helps maintain soil moisture, keeps down weeds, helps hold the soil in place and also feeds the soil as it breaks down. On a slope, it seems to stay in place better if you use the larger, heftier chunks of bark. ( Sometimes these are "pine nuggets", but whatever is available locally should be fine.) They also look tidy and last longer than smaller pieces of bark or the very fine mulches such as cocoa shells.

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