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Applying a thick layer of mulch around shrubs and in planting beds is a great way to hold moisture in the soil and keep weeds from sprouting.

There are many types of mulch available for your yard, including:

  • Cypress Mulch: Made from ground up cypress wood and bark, cypress mulch looks attractive and lasts a long time. It may not be the most eco-friendly option, however, since more cypress trees are harvested for mulch than replanted each year.
  • Red Wood Mulch: This mulch is composed of wood waste with a red dye added to make it resemble cypress mulch. While less expensive than cypress mulch, it doesn’t last as long and the dye can bleed out into the soil. Wood mulch can also rob nitrogen from the soil as it decomposes.
  • Pine Bark Mulch: Made from the bark of pine trees that are harvested to make lumber or paper. Pine bark is attractive and lasts a long time. Due to its light nature, pine bark may wash out of beds and onto your lawn during a hard rain.
  • Rubber Mulch: This inorganic mulch is composed of recycled tires and is available in several colors. While rubber mulch is attractive and lasts a long time, it can have a pungent rubber odor and costs more than other types of mulch.

Watch the video above to find out more.


I thought I’d give you a quick tutorial on some of the most popular mulches that are out there. Topping the list, we’ve got cypress mulch. It looks nice, it lasts a long time, easy to spread, very inexpensive. However, environmentalists are not happy about this because the manufacturers are harvesting about 30 million cubic feet more than they replenish each year.

A good alternative, of course, is the red mulch. This looks like a cypress, but it’s just dyed that way. This is actually waste wood, construction debris. One of the bad things about this though is the fact that the dye inside can actually bleed out. I’ve actually seen it stain concrete. This also will deplete your nitrogen levels, you’ll have to replenish that on a regular basis.

Pine bark nuggets are nice. You’ve got the small and the large, this is the large bag. It does look very nice, it lasts a little longer, doesn’t decompose as quickly, inexpensive. However, the big chunks, like this, will have a tendency to wash away. During a good, heavy rain; you’re going to be sweeping it back into place. Plus, this will deplete your pH level, just slightly.

Now, an inorganic option is rubber mulch. This is actually ground up tires. Again, dyed to different colors so it looks good. On the bad side, it’s a little more expensive; and when you first open the bag, a bit of a pungent odor. If you get by that, I like the rubber mulch.

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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.

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