Mulch your way to prettier, healthier plantings. Learn about the different types of mulch and how to choose the right one for your landscape design.
By Julie A. MartensMore in Outdoors
Chopped cocoa bean hulls add a rich dark color to landscapes — along with an exquisite, chocolatey smell that lasts two to three weeks. The fragrance makes it a wonderful choice for front yard gardens or beds near outdoor seating. Cocoa mulch is pricier, but lasts one to three years and can be applied as thin as 1 inch and still provide effective results. Note: Cocoa mulch contains theobromine and caffeine, ingredients which can harm dogs. If a 50-pound dog swallows 5.3 ounces, seizures can occur; 9 ounces can cause death. Some companies clean their cocoa mulch with high heat to help remove these compounds. The bag should state what the product contains and how it’s been treated.
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