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Choosing the Appropriate Mulch

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Annuals (both flowers and vegetables): Mulch with finer materials that break down quickly, such as pesticide-free grass clippings or leaves. On annual beds, till the mulch into the soil at the end of the growing season.

Perennials & woody plants (shrubs, trees, etc.): Mulch with a thick layer (2-3 inches) of compost or chipped wood.

Paths: Mulch with a thick layer of shredded or chipped wood. To keep paths weed-free even longer, put down cardboard or several layers of newspaper before spreading the mulch.

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