The Q&A Archives: Which Mulch Should I Use?

Question: What is the best kind of mulch to use in flower gardens and around trees?

Answer: Many materials make satisfactory mulch. Shredded hardwood bark and pine straw are two that work well and are attractive. Organic mulches like these help feed the soil as they break down over time and are usually preferable to an inorganic material such as gravel. Sometimes the best choice is what is available locally at a reasonable price. Black plastic is not recommended as it can suffocate plant roots.

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