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Roswell, GA

June 27, 2012
7:36 PM

Post #9184111

What do you more experienced landscapers prefer for mulch . . Pine straw . . . Pine bark, or wood chips?
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2012
7:42 PM

Post #9184132

Crushed pine needle mulch for flower beds and paths.

Shredded straw for the vegetable garden. It gets tilled in every spring.

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Greenfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

June 28, 2012
4:30 AM

Post #9184361

In the flower beds we prefer pine bark because thats what the wife likes.
In the veggie garden we use a lot of straw. Straw is more available, easy to irrigate through and tills under after the season. It can be a bear to remove weeds that may grow up through it.
My preferred veggie mulch is grass clippings. I can't get enough of them. I'd take them by the semi-trailor full if they were available.


Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 28, 2012
7:31 AM

Post #9184536

I prefer crushed pine straw, but it has become very cost prohibitive for the amount I need, so, I use a layer of fine pine bark followed by regular pine bark. The fine breaks down a little quicker and adds organic material to the beds.
Vicksburg, MS
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2012
12:26 PM

Post #9185007

I like pine straw for my flowerbeds because I can rake up all I need for free. I use wheat straw in the veggie garden because it's readily available, inexpensive, and we disk it in come late winter.
Virginia Beach, VA

June 28, 2012
12:58 PM

Post #9185035

I use a lot of my own home made mulch.
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

July 4, 2012
7:01 AM

Post #9192519

Finely shredded hardwood.
Spring City, TN

July 4, 2012
7:14 AM

Post #9192534

I use what I can get by the truckload inexpensively. I'm not sure it really matters so long as it is organic and breaks down year to year... I have a zillion pine trees and hardwoods so whatever falls, stays there. I buy truck loads of pine bark mulch or hardwood mulch and haven't seen much of a difference between the two. I can't see buying pine straw (needles) when I get a crop every year. It's just important to add more mulch every year and to add it pretty heavily -- don't skimp, a solid 3-5 inches holds the moisture in around the plant. I don't mulch to the stem/trunk, but I want the mulch to hold the moisture in the soil AROUND the plant, too. And if I can do anything to NOT water, I'll do it. City water is expensive!

I saw RUBBER mulch at a store and laughed myself silly. Mulch has THREE jobs, look "finished" and hold the moisture in and provide organics to the plants. RUBBER?????? hehehehe.

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