What can I use in my flower beds that will replace beauty bark?


I just hate beauty bark. But I hate constantly weeding also. Any ideas?

  7 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jun 20, 2019

    Pine needles.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 20, 2019

    Hi Dawn. I'm Cindy. Ground up leaves or pine needles are an affordable alternative to beauty bark. They are both rich with nutrients. Good luck Dawn.

  • Dawn Thompson Dawn Thompson on Jun 20, 2019

    Cindy, so sweet of you to give such great suggestions. Pine needles are something that we have plenty of. What is the pest way to grind these up?

  • Martha Anne Horning Martha Anne Horning on Jun 20, 2019

    Just spread the pine needles around like mulch, they don’t need to be ground up. They decay slower than bark and are much cheaper to use even if you have to buy bales.

  • Dawn Thompson Dawn Thompson on Jun 20, 2019

    Martha, thanks for the help

  • Darlene Williman Darlene Williman on Jun 25, 2019

    Check what plants you have first and find out if they like acid. Pine needles are acidy and some plants don't like that. Some like the acid (roses and azaleas are two). Boxwoods don't like acid and will grow poorly. Otherwise pine needles work great.

  • Dawn Thompson Dawn Thompson on Jun 25, 2019

    Thank you Darlene, Hometalkers like you rock