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barkmulch pros and cons:
Insulates the soil, keeps temperature even, holds moisture.
Bark comes from the part of the tree designed to shed water so rain has
It is not a complete food source - better is tree trimmings which
contain the whole tree.
Aesthetically it tends to "shout," distracts from the plantings. If you
look at a freshly mulched area the first thing (and maybe the only
thing) you see is mulch. (I think green is a nicer color than brown).
Bark can be sometime used as a transitional cover, I prefer
plants and think bark is used when you don't know what else
to do. I use bark sometime while waiting for ground cover/shrubs to get
I like to use tree trimmins for organic gardens in Newton as it is