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I believe I made myself clear yesterday about my feelings on rock mulch! So what would I use?
I prefer wood chips. The above are colored red to add contrast. (Some people don’t like colored mulch as they think it’s takes away from the plants, as always, it’s your choice) I did this back in 2007 and laid down landscape fabric. If I had to do it again, I would just cultivate and lay down the wood chips right on the ground. The weeds find a way no matter what. The landscape fabric ends up becoming a problem later anyway. The below pics are more recent, I pulled weeds, incorporated compost and laid down newspaper, then mulch.
The above is a gentle reminder to create a “donut” of mulch NOT a “volcano”! ;-) By the way, that’s a ‘Parker Pear’ tree that has delivered pears for a few years. It’s at least 4 times the size now. It’s planted next to a ‘Summer Crisp’ for pollination. Very tasty!
There are plenty of other organic options for mulch:
- non-chemically treated grass clippings
- shredded leaves
- pine needles
- pecan shells
- cocoa bean – some people think that this is toxic to dogs, I think they’d have to eat quite a bit of it
- aged corncobs (I tried to find a picture for you but no such luck)
Iowa State University has a good article on Organic Mulches.