What mulch do you use?

Jo-Ann M(9b-New Orleans)August 3, 2004

What mulch do you use in the summer for weed suppression and water conservation? Here in New Orleans, weeds can definitely be a problem and a thick mulch helps a lot. This summer, I tried pine needles - very popular here - but I don't like the look. It doesn't help with the tropical look. I've used pine bark mulch before, but it breaks down very quickly. Sooner or later, my new garden will have filled in enough to reduce the need for so much mulch, but until then, I need something.

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wilmington_islander(9A/Sunset 28)

Why do you think pinestraw takes away from the tropical look? There are pines all over South and Central Florida and it is commonly used. And it does work well, although it needs to be replenished more often than others.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2004 at 3:52PM
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Jo-Ann M(9b-New Orleans)

I guess it's just a personal thing. The pinestraw looks more forest-ty to me, instead of tropical-ly. Just my opinion.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2004 at 7:11PM
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wilmington_islander(9A/Sunset 28)

I guess you could use the dyed black rubber mulch...its expensive but reputedly works very well. The floor of tropical rainflorests is rich, black earth. However, for the "beach" tropical look, I guess you could use sharp white sand...which would also need replenshing...but would look nice.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2004 at 9:16AM
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danbo(8b MS Coast)

It probably has that foresty look because that's what covers the forest floor on the New Orleans north shore and here in Mississippi. The forest in this area are broadleaf bottomlands or pine/oak forest.

I use some pine straw. But for some folks around here. I can see it looking less tropical and more like the vacant lot down the street.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2004 at 8:22AM
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watergal(z6/7 Westminster, MD)

I use pine bark here because it's cheaper than some of the fancier mulches. You can buy a type of it called Silver Dollar or nugget. They are large chunks. More rustic and less sophisticated looking, but they don't break down as fast. My tropical bed has pine fines at the moment as I didn't want to use the chunks there.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2004 at 10:27AM
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PuraVida(Costa Rica)

I don t know what to suggest, because I don t live in that area.

I DO understand how you don t like using pine stuff, I don t think it would look or smell tropical at all.

Down here they (pines) were extensively planted as imported exotics years ago. I think they just look weird. I guess it s all relative to where you are, the people down here, think they re just SO EXOTIC, where as I being from Kansas originally, still think a Coconut Palm is exotic.

Mulches seem to be relative as well, it just depends on what you can get for a decent price, and that seems to always DEPEND on where you are located.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2004 at 11:17AM
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tamivileine(z8b OS,MS, US)

shredded wood. As it happens we had our pines taken out and we used the shredded wood from the stump grinding. Not bad, and once the ground covers cover the mulch, you can't see it anyway

what about cypress mulch?

sea ya

    Bookmark   September 3, 2004 at 1:24PM
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