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    starting to gear up for yardwork around here. Needs a TOTAL revamp.

    I'm thinking about trying that mulch stuff, the chips of bark or whatever. I like the idea of less weeding and watering.

    What scares me is that it might look good for a few months, but after getting covered in layers of autumn leaves then snow it may get a bit ratty looking. How does this stuff work? Do you renew it every year? Does it eventually break down, or how do you get rid of it if you decide to? How does it work when you have perenniels??

    has anyone tried it?

    i could ask similar questions about gravel. looks good when it is first put down but i imagine it would being to look yucky when debris gets into it.

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    We flip our mulch a couple times during the season - dh just did ours for the first time last weekend now that the snow has melted. He'll probably flip it again in July and then once more closer to fall time (we are in NY).

    We have it replaced about every three or four years.

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    We add to ours every year where it is thin. Put it on thick (3-4 inches)or you will still have weeds
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    We mulch our gardens, we replenish as needed, at least once a year. I use the local mulch from yard waste that goes to the city and is shredded amd some is made into compost and the rest is mulch. Gardening in Texas is virtually impossible without a good topping of mulch, at least 3-5 inches. I also think it just really dresses the gardens nicely.
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    http://www.essortment.com/home/bestmulchingfl_snxm.htm

    http://www.flower-gardening-made-easy.com/mulch.html

    I found 2 good articles about mulching. There are various materials and methods to consider. Read on and see what works for you.

    I have cedar mulch on my shrubbery beds. I don't have acutal flowers in them. I wanted a NO maintainance, but nice looking/well kept look to the front and sides of my house.
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    I use a weed block sheet with mulch on top to really cut down the weed problems. I usually just add to it when it gets thin spots. Leaves are fairly easy to get out of it (depending on size of course). With the weedblock down, I don't have to go as thick with the mulch, and I just cut holes in it for my flowers.

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    I use a combination of both in different applications. My Dad has a shredder attachment that shreds leaves,so I have 8-10 lawn bags of shredded leaves and pine needles. I also have a couple of beds with just gravel and weed cloth.
    In the actual garden I have used everything from old burlap to old bath mats to keep the weeds down. I use a couple thicknesses of newspaper under them next to the fence row. It keeps the Bermuda at a minimum, plus keeps moisture in.

    My veggies have been in full swing for about three weeks starting with the spinach harvest. The broccoli got eaten by Mr Bunny. Onions are already thinned.Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers are in the ground.
    In need more room.....
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