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Old 11-23-2008, 10:35 PM   #1
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Got to love the stuff! All kinds of mulch, great for warming the soil in the spring, reducing weed growth, retaining soil moisture and attractive to look at. What more could a gardener ask for?

I normally use as much mulch as I can get my hands on. Our local landfill provides it free to county residents, so we normally get several pickup loads over the season and "stash" it at the back of the property. That way I can use it when and where I need it. We also use shredded leaves, black and white newspaper and cardboard between our beds.

There are some many different types of mulch available.

I prefer the organic types, i.e. leaves, grasses, straw, etc., but there are also other types available depending on your needs and your location. Plastic, and rubber as well as gravel and rocks can also be used as mulching material.

And of course there's always "living" mulch. Using cover crops to help build and protect the soil as well as attacting beneficial insects is always a good thing.
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Old 12-13-2008, 10:32 PM   #2
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We can also get the free mulch here, and it is wonderful. I also used several bales of straw this year, but it isn't as appealing to the eye as the mulch. I would love to find something that is safe to use around the foundation of the house.
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Old 12-14-2008, 03:31 AM   #3
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That could be leaves and grasses, just deeper.........LOL
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Old 12-14-2008, 05:12 PM   #4
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But I want something that looks nice.
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Old 12-14-2008, 05:14 PM   #5
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Well wood chips, is a nice looking alternative.......I'm not impressed with the plastic stuff........it looks like........plastic, like duh!! Who would have guessed??????
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Old 12-14-2008, 05:15 PM   #6
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Wood chips? Do they not draw termites?
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Old 12-14-2008, 05:47 PM   #7
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Well that depends on the type of wood, I'm thinking of the shredded kinds.
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Old 12-14-2008, 06:06 PM   #8
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How bout Cypress? I heard on TV once it isn't suppose to draw termites, but I don't believe everything I hear. LOL
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Old 12-14-2008, 06:51 PM   #9
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An interesting tidbit I learned, I think from Paul James, the Garden Guy.

If you're in zone 5...don't mulch before June!
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:22 PM   #10
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Thankfully I am not in zone 5. LOL I already have serious zone envy, so one more zone would be a kicker! LOL But what would it matter when you mulched, and why does the zone matter of when you do it? I like Paul James.
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