We didn't understand the full social significance of mulch when we moved to suburbia many years ago. Now we get it, those in full control of their lives have mulch delivered and spread every spring and fall. Never did I think I'd say " I want what she's having", as in the dark, hardwood mulch.
Come to find out you can use just about anything to mulch your gardens, from oyster shells, newspapers, poultry litter to the pulverized rubber in the photograph above. We're a little behind the curve on our mulch deliveries, but this is the year and we're getting ready to make the call.
For a comprehensive list of mulch qualities, go to GardenGuides.com.