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  • Answered by
    Heather on
    February 19, 2011
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    If you have issues with your dog eating mulch, look into a mulch that is not treated with manure. I have had this issue in the past with my own dog. They are attracted to it. Normal wood chips should not attract them to eating them and they should be fine.

    Avoid at all costs cocoa hull mulch. It smells like chocolate (which dogs like) and can be very lethal to them.

    You can also try a larger, chunkier wood mulch or a rubber or stone mulch. These don't break down well (or at all) but would be harder for a dog to eat.

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    Nikki on
    February 23, 2011
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    Yes and no. While leaves make an excellent mulch for helping to protect plants over the winter, vegetables generally do better with a straw mulch, especially since they typically grow throughout spring and summer, when leaves are less likely to be readily available.

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    Nikki on
    March 7, 2011
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    You can place the mulch right over the leaves. It is good for the soil if you do that.

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    Heather on
    April 22, 2011
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    You can lay down layers of newspaper and cover this with enough mulch to hide the newspaper. The newspaper will suppress the weeds and the mulch cover will make it look nice.

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    April 24, 2011
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    Good options for mulch in the veggie garden include shredded bark or straw.

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    Heather on
    May 10, 2011
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    Yes, you can plant right away. You only need a hole big enough to get the rootball through. The mulch and newspaper are porous, so will allow rain to seep through to the soil below, which means you only need to make a hole big enough to plant the plants.

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    Nikki on
    May 8, 2011
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    Self seeding flowers should still be able to sprout. The mulch breaks down over the course of the year and creates a good base for the seeds to grow in.

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