Types of mulches

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by alpine692003, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    What do you guys recommend for types of mulches for flowerbeds?

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

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    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.
  3. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    Pine bark mulch is the best IMO and all I use.
  4. nater1979

    nater1979 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I like the hardwood mulch. It is a nice dark brown and looks great next to a nice green lawn.
  5. arborist-28

    arborist-28 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    I think pine bark mini nuggets look the best ...c
  6. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    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

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