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Old 08-22-2017, 08:46 AM
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I bought the house brand new from the builder three years back and since then I did not do anything to the plant beds other than moving the pine straws that fell from the pine trees in the lawn to these beds.

But now I am getting interested to keep these beds nice and planting flowers/bushes/small trees.

I am in South Carolina and is it worth it to mulch the plant beds early September or is it prudent to wait until early Spring (say March or April) next year?

I am planning to put pine straw mulch around the couple of pine trees and a palm tree [Last three attached pictures]. and other type of mulch [not decided on the type but debating between Black vs Brown vs Composite] around the house as shown in the first six attached pictures.

I would go for all pine straw but my wife wants different type of mulch at least surrounding the house, since the neighbors are not using pine straws as mulch.

Would it look fine to have pine straw in some areas and different type of Mulch in other areas?

I have hard time deciding the type of mulch that I should go for - Black vs Brown vs Composite vs Brown [http://www.homedepot.com/b/Outdoors-.../N-5yc1vZbx4a]

Please advise what type of mulch I can go far considering that they are good for plants/small trees/bushes etc., and at the same time yard looks good and stay away from fire or termites (though I have termite warranty and insurance etc.,).
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:58 PM
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Pine mulch will have a higher acid content so I would use it only with plants that might like that. The colored mulches are for aesthetics and as long as you stick to some rule, like all trees have pine straw, flower beds have one color, it should be fine. Just don't end up with a mishmash. You can consider how much you want what you planted to stand out and what color the house and trim are.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:30 PM
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Colored mulches are often a real mulch coated with some type of pigment. Do you really want that in your garden?

Shredded bark (undyed) in my yard breaks down nicely in a year or so, really improving the soil. Wood chips? Always though they were bad because they sucked nitrogen from the soil, but recent reading from reputable sources (ag extension services) says otherwise, so that's another option. Thing to watch out for is that wood chips and bark (like those nice big bark nuggets) work well on flat areas only. I had a neighbor next door, slightly above me, that had his yard service put out nice big pieces of bark every spring. By summer they were all in my yard.
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Old 08-22-2017, 09:16 PM
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Pine straw looks best IMO.
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