View Full Version : Types of mulches

11-25-2004, 11:03 PM
What do you guys recommend for types of mulches for flowerbeds?

Ie) Bark mulch is the only one I can think of?!??!

11-27-2004, 08:51 PM
Shredded pine mulch is mostly what we use. I dont like the look of cypress mulch (red mulch) or the pine bark nuggets. If there is a slope were the mulch would probably wash we use pine straw.

11-27-2004, 08:55 PM
Pine bark mulch is the best IMO and all I use.

11-28-2004, 10:56 PM
I like the hardwood mulch. It is a nice dark brown and looks great next to a nice green lawn.

12-03-2004, 04:11 AM
I think pine bark mini nuggets look the best ...c

12-03-2004, 07:48 PM
i loathe the bark nuggets fro the following reasons.

they break down VERY slowly, so in 3-4 years you can easially have am 8-10 inch accumulation in the beds.

they have alot of void area that weed seeds can blow into and get started and are shielded from sprays. they do not hold pre emergent
they float and blow away, and when edging a bed the trimmer or edger throws them all over the place.

any shredded product is much better

cedar mulch is NOT RED, that is the died stuff

pine straw is what we use the most of (5+K bales/year).

but i think the shreadded wood mulches are better.

they add more biomass to the soil. In two seasons with the shreadded you'll have a nice loamy soil starting.

with pine straw, we have a property that we apply 1200-1500 bales/ year and have for 25 years. the decomposed pinesrtaw layer is less than an inch thick