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Lucerne mulch
Lucerne straw is used for mulching

What sort of mulch do you use? Options could include: nothing, straw, lucerne, pine bark, eucalyptus - and many more!

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We either use our own home made compost or mulch with leaves collected from our damson tree. In some ornamental flower beds we use bark as it is better looking than compost or decaying leaves!
In Germany, we had a lot of conifers in our garden and used the pine cones as a really beautiful and unusual mulch. It also helped keep our cat off the flower beds with expensive plants in, as he didn't like walking on the cones.
Haha - I bet it would keep the cat off! We use pinecones around important plants to keep the local possum off them. Sometimes it works - and sometimes it doesn't!
I'm so pleased we don't have to worry about possums! The biggest wildlife in our garden is foxes and they don't have any interest in the plants....
We use lucerne straw and pine chips. Pine chips came from a massive pine tree that we had in our front yard - but it was old and weak and needed to be taken down.

We usually put some compost underneath the mulch.
If we are not composting it ourselves in the bins, I like to use the red cedar, or a golden colored mulch. Must have color ;)
I use the shredded remains of a beautiful old gumtree that stood only a few steps from my house. That way I feel as though he/she still lives on and helps other plants thrive.
Straw on my veggie garden and just throw grass clippings lightly in my borders
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