Choosing the right mulch for your yard depends on where it will be used as well as the composition of the mulch.

Flower Beds: Use a light mulch that will decompose, such as shredded leaves.

Trees and Shrubs: Use heavy mulch like wood bark.

Paths: Heavy mulch, like bark, is best for paths.

Acid Loving Plants: Since pine straw is acidic, use it around acid loving plants like azaleas and camellias.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Tricia Craven Worley: Choosing the right mulch for your garden is a lot like choosing the right garden tool for a job. Now, when I think about mulches, I think about all the varieties there are. There are fine mulches, like shredded leaves, all the way to really heavy ones, like wood bark.

When I’m thinking about mulching around my flower beds or roses, I really go to something that can decompose, like a shredded leaf, because after it decomposes I can just till it into the soil.

Now, if I want to put something around my trees or shrubs, I’m going to go closer to a heavier bark. Also, that would well on paths. This way after a season I can clear it away and then replenish it.

Now, also keep in mind how much area you have to cover, because the larger the area maybe you want to go to a heavier bark.

Also, think about what you’re mulching. In this instance we have pine needles around camellias and azaleas that love acid.

Depending on your area you’re going to have certain mulches available, so you want to look into it and see what’s best for you.

Further Information

Editorial Contributors
avatar for Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

Learn More