The Q&A Archives: mulch

Question: I've heard cedar and cypress mulch is best, as it will not float away. Is that true? I also can't find cedar mulch in our HD store and I feel cypress mulch use is a depredation to our natural habitats. Not renewable.

Answer: Both cedar and cypress mulches are by-products of the wood industry. These are parts of the tree that would be otherwise wasted. Using them in the garden is a way of recycling. But there are other organic matters that can be used as mulches. Pecan shells, Rice hulls, peanut shells, straw, etc. So whatever crop is grown in your area may have some by-products that you can. You might check around to see what's locally available.

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