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Mulch Madness | Tips from The Grounds Guys®

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As you think about getting your garden started once again this spring, you may be facing a quandary: to mulch or not to mulch? Consider the pros and cons of this common garden add-on to decide if it belongs in your yard this year.

If you need help preparing your garden for another growing season, contact The Grounds Guys®. We provide many landscaping services to help you achieve your most beautiful garden yet.

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Mulch Madness | Tips from The Grounds Guys®

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  17. 17. the cost of different mulches, always consider your longevity needs. Perennial beds deserve quality mulch that will last several seasons. Annual beds may do fine with cheaper mulch, since you need to till this patch of soil every replanting anyway.
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