Just purchased a new house out in the country and re-doing some of the beds, I have to re-mulch the entire house so I am trying to figure out which mulch type is the best use. Regardless of cost I would like something that is insect resistant and hopefully that the voles won't like. I know Cedar is probably a good choice, but I heard its not good for around trees (because of the oils) and that it breaks down and fades too easily. Is the better choice cypress then? I don't want to go with that red dyed stuff, had it in my old house and it fades way to quickly and was a haven for bugs. Anyone out here have any expertise in this? I went to the supplier and they were puching the black mulch as the "new in thing", however I am not sure what its made from or if it holds up to fading?