What is the best kind of mulch to use?

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I've laid down weed block but I am stymied as to what would be the best material to use as mulch.

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  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Jan 23, 2018
    Mulch attracts bugs...termites being the worst. We took all ours out and went with chipped brick. It is really nice and you can blow leaves out without blowing mulch out too. It is a bit higher in cost but worth it to us in the long run. We purchased ours from a place called General Shale and had a factory near by and my husband had a large truck so we saved there as he picked it up.
  • JoAnn Green JoAnn Green on Jan 23, 2018
    i was told ONLY CEDAR. Others draw termites. I had a real mess with the termites that’s when I found that out
  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Jan 23, 2018
    Cedar lasts longer. But you don't need to put down the weed barrier. That just messes with the mulch. You want to turn the mulch ever year or so as it amends the soil. Then add more to the top.
  • Loretta Loretta on Jan 23, 2018
    We have huge pine trees therefore I mostly use pine straw and by the time it turns old and ugly we have more pine straw that has fallen so we just add another layer of pine straw.
  • Loretta Loretta on Jan 23, 2018
    Never heard of chipped brick but that sounds pretty.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 23, 2018
    Cedar mulch is the number one seller
  • Peter Peter on Jan 24, 2018
    Fear of mulch-- I've NEVER heard it exppresed as in this post!
    Cedar mulch is durable because of oils in the wood... slow to decay.... probably what you want.
    Termites?? That's probably from hammered or chipped wood... and an inferior source... it can be improved in processing, but you can be too cheap when ordering it, too! A good source will explain this to you.
    My mulch is homemade... Ground leaves in autumn is stored over winter in a big pile... where my garden needs mulch, I distribute in the spring.... No bugs, No termites, and excess is left in the pile for compost.
  • Rymea Rymea on Jan 24, 2018
    Without a weed block an organic mulch could be beneficial to the plants as it decomposes and works its way down into the soil. But since you say you have put down a weed block, I think you want a rubber or rock mulch. Anything else will decompose on top of your weed block and things will start sprouting in it.
  • Mcp32179851 Mcp32179851 on Jan 25, 2018
    Thanks I will look to a rubber or rock mulch.
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