Garden Mulch? What's best?

ourlittleeden(Z8aArlington)April 16, 2011

First, don't know why GardenWeb insists I'm in Zone 7. I believe we are in Zone 8 (Dallas/Fort Worth area). Anywho, what's the best mulch to use in the garden?

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I need lots so prefer the Texas Pure that I can get by the pickup load.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 5:23PM
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Where do you get Texas Pure?

Maybe gardenweb is using an older zone hardiness map. The latest zone map has zone 8 bulging north into dfw, but dfw was solidly in zone 7 in older maps. There was no zone 8 bulge.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 5:49PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

Check with your city trash co. Here in San Antonio you get it free for rough ground or ? cents a pound for a twice ground.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 7:31PM
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I go by the USDA map which shows all of Dallas County in 8a.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 11:12PM
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Lynn Marie

Personally, I prefer pine straw, but it is not so abundant in this area, so you have to buy it. But a little goes a long way. Mostly I go to the dump and get a whole truckload for free! Here in Mesquite, where I live, I can get one truckload of either mulch or compost free each and every month.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 9:45AM
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Texas Pure is from Plano's composting program. Here's a link with more info

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 10:55AM
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I use ground up leaves from the trees in my yard and from bags of leaves I picked up off of neighbors' curbs in the fall. I bought one of those leaf vacs and it does a great job. The nice thing about the leaves is that they hide a multitude of "sins" unlike pinestraw and bark. Fallen twigs, fallen leaves etc. just seem to blend into the leaf litter. It's a little time-consuming in the fall, but well worth the effort.

Oh, one more thing. I used the leaves to insulate some semi-tropicals like Mexican Heather and Cigar plant during our February cold snap in Ft. Worth, and they worked like a charm. All my tropicals came back this spring. The worms love the leaves, too.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 11:02AM
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PKponder TX(7b)

I love shredded leaves too! I managed to overwinter my Pride of Barbados this past winter under 12 inches of shredded oak leaves and I'm north of Fort Worth.


    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 6:27PM
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