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Old 08-04-05, 12:01 PM
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What is the best landscaping mulch to use for plants (trees and shrubs). Some people say to use 2-4 inches of organic mulch with a landscaping fabric underneath while others say to use a 2-4 inch layer of mulch without any landscaping fabric. The landcaping fabric that I am refering to is the kind that you buy with holes in it to provide air and water penetration into the soil. Most say that organic is preferable over inorganic mulch though. The benefit of inorganic is obviously just because you won't ever have to add more to it. Thanks
 
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Landscaping cloth prevents weeds while allowing moisture to reach roots. As organic mulch decomposes, it helps to improve the top few inches of soil, adding nutrients and organic material which allow water to penetrate more effectively. Wood chips, bark, pole peelings, straw, and grass clippings are all examples of commonly used organic mulches. A new layer is added every couple years to maintain a depth of 2"-4" because of decomposition.

Inorganic mulch like rocks and gravel have a tendency to collect excess heat when exposed to sunlight. These are installed over landscape cloth. Plastic is never recommended because it keeps moisture and nutrients from reach roots.
 
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Old 08-05-05, 08:33 AM
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Excellent! thanks for the reply.

1. Landcaping cloth with about 3" of organic mulch on top

2. 3" of organic mulch without the Landscaping cloth.

By what you said I am taking that Number 1 and number 2 offer the same quality of health for a tree but number 1 is better for controling weeds. So Number 1 is a better overal method.

Also for a latter question they offer two types of landscaping cloths at the store. One seems to be a fabric/cloth type one to allow water and air through while the other seems to be plastic with many holes punched in it to allow water and air penetration. Which type is perferrable? Thanks.
 
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I prefer the actual fabric to the punched plastic.
 
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Old 08-05-05, 09:37 PM
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What about newspaper? Does that really work? Disintegrates after a while, but supposedly kills off the weeds before that. Sure would be cheaper, I've been using the black plastic roll out "fabric" while redoing our beds.
 
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Newspaper is cheap and effective.
 
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