Asked by: Bozena Amrein
asked in category: General Last Updated: 27th January, 2020

What can I use in flower beds instead of mulch?

So if you're looking for alternatives to mulch to get away from its downsides, check out the list below.
  • Pea Gravel.
  • Pumice rock.
  • Rubber Mulch.
  • Newspaper and/or Cardboard.
  • Leaves.
  • Grass Clippings.
  • Pine Needles.
  • Hay or Straw.

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Herein, what is an alternative to mulch?

Mulch alternative options include stone mulch, rubber mulch and ground cover plants. You're probably familiar with mulch as a reliable standby for yards and landscaping. But sometimes traditional mulch won't do the job, or you just want some variety.

is mulch good for flower beds? Mulch helps to moderate soil temperature and retain soil moisture which is good for the health of your plants. Adding a layer of mulch to your flower beds also improves the appearance of your beds and suppresses weed growth. Additionally organic mulches provide nutrients to your plants as they breakdown.

Also, what is the best mulch to use for flower beds?

Straw or hayAnother great mulch for the vegetable garden is straw, salt hay, or weed-free hay. It looks good and has most of the benefits of the other mulches: retaining soil moisture, keeping down weeds, and adding organic matter to the soil when it breaks down.

Can I use gravel instead of mulch?

Gravel mulch suppresses weeds and gives a finished look to planting beds, but it's only suitable around long-lived perennials because it's difficult to move after installation. It's often used around trees, shrubs and drought-resistant subshrubs, such as sage or lavender.

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