Bob Vila Radio: All Your Organic Mulch Options

If you're planning to use mulch in your garden, then it's important to know your options. There are various kinds of organic mulch available, each suiting different needs. Keep reading to find the best one for your garden!

When used effectively, mulch insulates soil, locks in moisture, keeps out weeds, protects sensitive plants, plus it gives your property an well-maintained look.

Types Of Organic Mulch



Listen to BOB VILA ON TYPES OF ORGANIC MULCH or read below:

Most landscapers prefer organic mulch. As organic mulch decomposes, it provides nutrients, helps aerate the soil, and promotes drainage. Organic mulches offer a lot of options: hard and softwood chips, leaves, grass clippings, bark, and evergreen needles. You can often get ground tree mulch for free from your local municipality. But since it won’t be dried or aged, as it decomposes it’ll pull nitrogen from soil, so it’s best used for walkways.

Hardwood mulch works well around small trees, shrubs, and perennial beds. Softwood mulch, which is made from more acidic pine, is better used for large trees, since takes longer to decompose.

You can use grass clippings to create your own mulch, but make sure it’s free of herbicides or insecticides. Spread clippings in a thin layer on vegetable and perennial beds. In the fall, you can turn the decomposed clippings back into the soil and reap the benefits next growing season!

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