achieving a nice look without bark
Hi ya, first post and I am a relatively new gardener. I just moved into a new construction home last year and this is the first spring that I have been able to get into the gardens that I have created on my tiny suburban lot.
My problem is I love the look and the smell of beauty bark but it seems to wreck havic on my gardens; it chokes the tender plants, it fades quickly and it inevitably will find its way under my skin as I am gardening - besides the fact that my darling hubby detests the stuff.
Is there alternatives to mulching and keeping the weeds reduced in my gardens without using beauty bark. I cant use the cocoa hulls because of my bulldog, that would head straight for them when he goes outside.
Since I am new this is what is in my garden this year - please excuse me if I am a novice and dont know what varieties I have.
a Little Kim lilac
one little azalea
one small rody
some grasses (development placed them before we bought the house)
some daffs (yea - STILL blooming!)
and some primroses
please help - I feel like such an incompetent when it comes to gardening!