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Mulch Recommended Around Trees and Shrubs?

Q: I’m thinking about mulching around my trees and shrubs. What type of mulch do you recommend? Tim – Urbandale

A: I would recommend a hardwood mulch. Most colored mulches, whether they’re black, gold, red or brown, are all hardwood mulches. Remember, don’t be conservative when putting mulch around your trees and shrubs. Put down 3 to 4 inches of mulch to keep plants and trees cool, as well keep them weed-free.