What Kind of Mulch to Use - Knowledgebase Question

Yorktown Heights, NY
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Question by linfrass
June 17, 2001
What mulch would you recommend for perennial beds? For around shrubs and trees?

Answer from NGA
June 17, 2001
Nearly any organic mulch can be used in either location with success, although in a perennial bed a finer texture and the appearance may be of more importance. Shredded hardwood bark is an attractive choice, or you could use compost or leaf mold. In a shrub bed, a longer lasting mulch with a larger texture, such as bark nuggets, may be useful. If you are trying to actively feed and build your soil, then a finer textured mulch that breaks down faster is quicker acting. In the long run, they are all beneficial.

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