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Helpful mulching tips

  • Most plants prefer “acid” soils, so pine bark is healthier for them than hardwood mulch, and much healthier than dyed wood chips.
  • Many dyed mulches contain recycled pallets and other waste wood.These can be bait for termites and actually rob your soil of nutrients as they decompose.
  • Good mulches turn into soil eventually. Your plants won’t appreciate being smothered by non-compostable mulches such as cypress or cedar.These products work fine for paths and play areas, but they are poison for gardens.
  • Pine bark mulch has a low pH, which means it is good food for evergreens,blueberries, dogwoods and other acid-loving plants.
  • All mulches are not equally effective at weed control. Fine-ground mulches are much like potting soils and wind-blown weed seeds or blown grass clippings will sprout and root easily.
  • Course bulk mulches or “nuggets” aren’t so friendly to weed seeds, and they last much longer before turning to soil, so they make better weed barriers for a much longer period.


Mulching with low-pH shredded pine bark actually builds your soil, encouraging feeder root.


-Written by Steven Boehme, owner of Good Seed Nursery & Landscape, Peebles, OH

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