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Inorganic Mulches
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Mulch Material

Depth

Water Retention

Weed Control

Decomposition Rate

Tips for Using

stone

3 inches

fair

fair

negligible

Permanent mulch, adds some trace elements.

landscape fabric

1 layer

good

good

slow, lasts several years

Use in permanent beds, cover with top mulch.

plastic

1-6 inches

excellent

best

no decomposition

Adds nothing; black is good for heating soil.




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