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Thursday - June 10, 2010

From: Cedar Hill, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Soils
Title: Best mulch from Cedar Hill TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

What is the best mulch to use around trees,azaleas and plants in Cedar Hill, Tx?

ANSWER:

If you want to plant azaleas and/or other acid-loving plants, we would suggest a pine bark or even pine needles for a mulch. Our personal preference for mulches is shredded hardwood bark. It seems to stay in place better, so you get a nice even effect of sheltering the roots of your plants from heat and cold. However, the hardwood mulches are more expensive than the pine mulches, so it's a judgment call for you.

 

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