Outdoor EntertainmentContemporary Landscape, Indianapolis
Gardens of Growth
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The finely ground wood mulch provides an even-looking background to highlight the forms of the plants in this Indiana yard.Shredded or chipped wood. This material can come from a variety of sources, including landscape debris, sawmill waste, chips from arborists, and recycled wood from pallets and construction. It can be natural in color (shades of brown and gray) or dyed, usually black, brown or red. It pays to find out the source of the wood since some recycled wood may be contaminated with old paints, preservatives or industrial chemicals.Shredded wood from a clean source that has been partially composted is a good all-around choice. Chips from arborists can get hot while the contained leaves and green materials are breaking down, but the resulting material makes a good, albeit coarse, mulch, which can be had for little or no cost. Pros: Offers good moisture and temperature control, suppresses weeds well, absorbs water, controls erosion, and comes in different colors. Wood from clean sources breaks down over time to benefit soil health. It’s best used for established beds, around trees and shrubs; it’s not a good choice for vegetable gardens or where growing plants from seed.Cons: Needs regular replenishment and may contain contaminated materials. Aesthetics vary depending on material and grade.