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Jun 30, 2019 9:23 AM CST

I live in Florida and am trying to find the best mulch for my landscaping. I have used pine bark nuggets recently. After 3 months, the mulch has turned gray. Does anyone have a suggestion on a mulch that lasts a long time and looks vibrant longer in our hot sun?
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Jun 30, 2019 10:56 AM CST
Name: James
North Louisiana (Zone 8b)
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pine straw is good ... put out about 12 to 14 inches thick ....first rainfall or two will flatten it out ....

There is a red rubber mulch out there ...sort of expensive but lasts and lasts ...
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Jun 30, 2019 3:09 PM CST

I like pine straw. Any idea how long it will last? 6 months perhaps?
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Jun 30, 2019 11:58 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
willeaton said:I live in Florida and am trying to find the best mulch for my landscaping. I have used pine bark nuggets recently. After 3 months, the mulch has turned gray. Does anyone have a suggestion on a mulch that lasts a long time and looks vibrant longer in our hot sun?

Down there you should be able to get Eucalyptus mulch.
Studies showed Eucalyptus had a moderate settling rate, meaning it lasts longer in the landscape than pine-straw, but not as long as pine bark or cypress. Eucalyptus is also one of the mulches that showed the least change in color after a two year period. Reportedly, Eucalyptus naturally repels termites, fleas, ticks and insects.

For some moronic reason you cannot get it in Mn. any more but I loved using it.
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Jul 3, 2019 8:53 AM CST
Name: James
North Louisiana (Zone 8b)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Growing under artificial light Ferns Garden Photography
Region: Louisiana Region: Gulf Coast Enjoys or suffers hot summers Critters Allowed Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Container Gardener
Pine straw *color* - depending on how fresh it is - will last 6 to 9 months ... but needs to be replenished at least once a year...otherwise, like pine bark, it too turns gray ....

Fresh pine straw should be golden-yellow to rust red .... turn down anything "darker" as it wont be fresh

Pine straw is usually available in bales for under $7- each ......and will cover a spot about 8' x 6'
some landscapers may give discounts for buying in quantity
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Jul 4, 2019 3:22 AM CST

I would suggest you to use Shredded hardwood bark mulch for your landscaping.
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