Organic mulch can be separated into two categories based on its intended use:
1) The best mulch for flower beds and vegetable gardens is a one that will decay quickly. In Florida, you may find yourself replenishing your mulch a couple times a season. This is a good thing as it helps to build the soil and add nutrients to it.
2) The best mulch for use around trees, shrubs, and for paths is one that will rot very slowly -- usually this type of mulch is made from bark or wood. Mulch made from wood chips not only rots slowly, but is very low in available nutrients and so retards weed growth. Wood chips are not a desirable mulch to use on flower or perennial beds as they take nitrogen from the soil (you will need to periodically add a nitrogen containing fertilizer to your soil to combat this problem when you begin to notice the lower leaves on your plants turning yellow).
Melaleuca: Excellent mulch because of its long-lasting qualities. This mulch also helps with the eradication of this invasive tree. Laboratory tests show termites don't like Melaleuca. The product is sold under the name Florimulch. Use this instead of Cyprus Mulch
Disadvantages: Hard to Find
Red Mulch or
Red mulches add a touch of color as well as iron (Fe) to your garden as the
chips are stained red with an iron solution.
natural oil reportedly repels termites, fleas, ticks and insects. Mulch is
aromatic and maintains soil pH. The redwood color deepens with exposure to
sunlight. American-Eucalyptus Corp. sells shredded and fiber mulch. This mulch
is propagated and regenerated on managed plantations.
(grass clippings, leaves, pine needles): Free
and adds nutrients to the soil. Grass clippings should be cut before seeds have
ripened and should be applied dry. Pine needles are good for acid-loving plants,
such as azaleas, gardenias and hydrangeas.
materials don't add nutrients to soil and do not decompose readily.
for color, texture and stability. Creates a permanent cover. All rocks are
fire-resistant. These products don't break down in the soil.
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