The Best and Worst Mulch for Your Garden | Southern Living

The Best and Worst Mulch for Your Garden | Southern Living

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Our very own Grumpy Gardener gives you the low-down on the mulch varieties to buy and those to avoid.

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50 Comments

  1. Paul Clohesy on November 1, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Isn’t cypress mulch good to deter termites?

  2. Alfredo Pacheco on November 1, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Hi, What about cedar mulch? Is that something that I could use for my fruit trees?
    Thx. In advance!

  3. La Mai Style ละไมสไตล์ on November 1, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I like the look of black mulch in my flower beds. I am replacing the red mulch that came with the house.

  4. Daniela Martins on November 1, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I cringe at the idea of rubber mulch. I can’t believe that’s even a thing!! How nuts and highly toxic!…

  5. Curtis Franklin on November 1, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    arent pine needles acidic?

  6. M Mess on November 1, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    What about cedar mulch?

  7. Dream States on November 1, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Very helpful info from Bones (“Damnit Jim!”) 😄

  8. J Birdsong on November 1, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Love the attitude! Agree 100%

  9. Madonna Hagedorn on November 1, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Now I’m sick. We are currently professionally landscaping our front yard. My husband chose that awful red mulch on all the garden beds. I said, RED? that doesn’t even sound appealing and I was right. It’s possible it’s not ordered yet, maybe I can suggest the mini pine bark nuggets to him. Let’s hope.

  10. Jacki Mackenzie on November 1, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    The red mulch is great for businesses it’s colorfully and a hard wood. It lasts it fades but a good way to brighten up a business it makes flowers pop with color but to each there own

  11. Paul.B on November 1, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Great video, much appreciated.

  12. Isha'a on November 1, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    😅🙏 Many thanks

  13. Anissha Blackwell on November 1, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    You’re hilarious, Sir.

  14. Putin Hynes on November 1, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    How do you get rid of all the bugs in the mulch? I have wood mulch under my peach tree that is in ground.

  15. NoWay Thanks on November 1, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    So, if one uses red mulch he looks foolish and everyone will know he probably has a truck up on blocks in his backyard? Well, I like the look of red mulch but I live in the country, not a ticky-tacky suburban neighborhood in the metro area of some city like you and your snot-nosed followers.

  16. Michael Morrow on November 1, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Oh man!! I’m trying to hang out with this guy

  17. Gergő Saáry on November 1, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Lol. Castrate everyone who has a rubber mulch company for gardening purposes. Who does that even?

    Usually pine tree owners tend to have too much always to use, not to speak they hate it at some gardens, as I see the bags full of needles waiting near the road for the compost garbage trucks to carry away. I just grab them, it’s free.

  18. jc l on November 1, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    thank you!

  19. Jon Usry on November 1, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    What about chipped up Bradford Pear wood? I’ve recently felled one and wondering if it would be any good in a raised garden bed.

  20. Joanna on November 1, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Luckily, I’m barely starting on my front lawn garden. I used only one bag of black mulch lol I’ll probably look into the mini nuggets. Hopefully my home depot has it.

  21. Jamaica Dancehall TV on November 1, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    He is speaking to me, I have a truck on blocks in the backyard and about to put down red mulch

  22. Cassandra Stillman on November 1, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Moss grow literally everywhere here so I use that. They’re a pest, but they don’t smother the trees so no one fights it.

  23. Pamela H on November 1, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    He forgot leaf mulch!? I’m using it on everything right now!

  24. Ganesan K Pillay on November 1, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Hahahaha

  25. Shane W on November 1, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    I agree the red mulch is trashy looking.

  26. D Jaquith on November 1, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Rubber mulch I’ll say it it looks like you’re spreading garbage around your house. I like the larger pine bark nuggets and yep they last a long time. Regular mulch if you’re lucky lasts 6 months.

  27. MrGabrielJude on November 1, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Red mulch is cheap, and home owners wants me to put down mulch, I don’t give a sht about gardens and don’t give a shit what your house looks like either.
    That’s the beauty of owning your house, you can do what you want to it, you do you, put down blue mulch I don’t give a sht.
    Only douche bag retired lawn boys who spend their days on the most wasteful crop in the USA “grass” will judge you, and guess what, they don’t pay your bills, if they did then let them pick and buy your mulch. Someone had to say it.

  28. TMF Racing on November 1, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Hi there is spruce mulch bad for gardens

  29. MOMMANEIN on November 1, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    🤣 meanwhile..black rubber mulch in front and back of my home

  30. Don’t Even on November 1, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    No facts. Just opinions. Bad video

  31. Mike Hendrix on November 1, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Everyone has opinions. I love putting the Red Mulch on my Tomatoes in Containers. High Yeild and Tomatoes are.Red and they Love the Red Mulch. Sorry Dude

  32. Oraythelazygardener on November 1, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    I like using various ones for landscaping

  33. Joshua Taff on November 1, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    All in need to know in less than 3 minutes! Thanks!!!! Now that I think about it, yes, spreading ground up tires all around my yard does seem a little absurd.

  34. Marisa Beltran on November 1, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Welcome to the world of tomorrow

    Futurama

  35. Diane Leininger on November 1, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    I use single ground mulch and large bark nuggets. They look good and last longer than the other mulches. I am in zone 6

  36. WolfHerzen on November 1, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I love using corn cob bedding as my mulch. 1 it’s cheap 2 it’s all natural. 3 it looks like small rocks.

  37. On Site Electrician Scott on November 1, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    I used red die mulch one year and it killed every plant in the bed. I will never buy another mulch with added anything in it . They have color with color guard and one year guarantee that the chemical will stay with the mulch . Well I dont want to eat the die or the color guard with my peppers or tomatoes so I get the natural stuff now .

  38. William Dumore Globz on November 1, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Little Richard says "Shut up"

  39. MKPV on November 1, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Wow pine straw?? I got plenty of those

  40. Jacki Mackenzie on November 1, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Listen some mulch has nutrients the hard wood mulch is good for helping plants not freez in winter without desterbing the acidic in the soil it lasts long dosnt decompose as fast it may wash away but so dose pine bark I recommend hard wood if your going to protect rozes from freezing but pine bark for your acid loving plants but make shure it dosnt touch the trunk and don’t bark branches in it unless it is on Perris and has bean decomposing for a couple years

  41. Arianne Liner on November 1, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    This man made me a subscriber. The best!

  42. George Wang on November 1, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Pine straw is highly flammable. My city bans the use of it as ground cover within 10 feet of multi-family dwellings.

  43. Laurie Dimeco on November 1, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    I LV t look of red mulch … but my new plants died from it ..! NO more cedar chips great

  44. Schuyler on November 1, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Who are you kidding? Pine bark floats and washes during heavy rains. Pine needles break down easily. Currently cypress mulch is the best find for sloped areas, as it does not float.

  45. Bruce McNeely on November 1, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Well I am glad I found this. I am about to set up a raised bed garden not feet away for some huge Pine trees. Good to know LOL! 😉

  46. Tommy Zhou on November 1, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    lol guy needs some education first, cant even name reasons other than i dont like it.

  47. GREEN STEEL USA,LLC on November 1, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    What about bamboo mulch?

  48. bud row on November 1, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    great video. enjoyed watching. can pine bark be used around fruit trees. thanks

  49. Pink Pearlz on November 1, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you!!

  50. Amalia News Report on November 1, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    ALL COLOR MULCH COME FROM SHIT DISEASE WOOD CHINA WOOD PLLLETs AND OTHER SHIT UNKNOWN MATERIALs

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