The Q&A Archives: landscape mulching

Question: I have many different types of trees, plus am purchasing small shrubs and annuals to plant around the foundation of the house, and want to mulch all of it. Mostly prevent weeds. Particularly poison ivy which is growing under many of the trees. What's the best type mulch to get if I want all the mulch to match? Some parts of my property is hilly.

Answer: You can use any organic matter as a mulch. Compost, straw, shredded leaves, bark chips, even grass clippings that have been dried. If your goal is to keep the areas weed free, especially since you know poison ivy is in the area, you might consider first placing weed barrier in around the trees and shrubs and topping it off with mulch. Use a spun polyester or perforated plastic landscape fabric over the top of the soil and then place your mulch over it. You'll be sure to keep weeds at bay.

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