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  1. What Is a Dog Friendly Mulch?
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  3. Leaves and Mulch
  4. Best Mulch for Crab Grass on Walkway
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  6. Kill Grass With Newspaper
  7. Self Seeding
Asked by savage on February 18, 2011
What Is a Dog Friendly Mulch?

Previously, I have used wood chips but this seems like something a small dog could choke on.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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Asked by Anonymous on February 23, 2011
Mulch

Are leaves useful as a vegetable garden mulch?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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Asked by Anonymous on March 6, 2011
Leaves and Mulch

I am about to put down some new bark mulch. I left the leaves from trees in the yard on the beds over the winter. Can I simply put the bark mulch over the leaves, or do I need to clean out the leaves then place the mulch on the beds?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can place the mulch right over the leaves. It is good for the soil if you do that.

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Asked by patiche on April 21, 2011
Best Mulch for Crab Grass on Walkway

I’m renting, so don’t want to spend a fortune–don’t know if I’ll be here next year. But the weeds–esp. crab grass and dandelions thrive on the walkway below the retaining wall of my glamorous flower bed. I’d like a cheap and simple solution

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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Asked by Anonymous on April 23, 2011
Mulch

I have a 6 x 12 garden plot and want to know the best mulch for vegetables.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Good options for mulch in the veggie garden include shredded bark or straw.

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Asked by leah21702 on May 7, 2011
Kill Grass With Newspaper

After putting down newspaper and mulch, can you put in plants right away by digging through the mulch and cutting through the newspaper? Will the plants continue to thrive? If so, how big of a space do I need to open (in inches) around the plant?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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Asked by Anonymous on May 7, 2011
Self Seeding

I am putting down several inches of (cedar) mulch in my butterfly garden, as here in Dallas it gets up to 100 degrees F or more in August. I want to keep the moisture and protect the plants from the heat. Will this mulch prevent the self-seeding flowers from self-seeding? Or will the sprinkler system wash the seeds down into the mulch and allow them to sprout?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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