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How to Choose Mulch for Your Landscape

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.

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Chopped Leaves

Autumn leaves offer a free, readily available mulch source. To prevent leaves from matting, chop them first using a lawnmower fitted with a grass catcher. Expect a mulch of chopped leaves to last up to one year. Leaves are great landscape mulch to place on planting areas — including empty vegetable gardens — heading into winter. They create an informal look that might be better suited for backyard areas. Wet leaves after applying to keep them from blowing away.

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