Learn about five alternatives to beauty bark mulch that you can use in your garden in this quick DIY Garden Minute podcast.

beauty bark mulch alternatives



Beauty bark may be harming your garden beds.

Did you know that it can actually lower your soil’s pH and harm your garden plants?

This quick podcast will cover alternatives for you to consider other than beauty bark mulch.

This episode is perfect for a beginning gardener or new homeowner who wants to learn useful tips about mulching their yard.  

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Different Kinds of Mulch Video




Beauty Bark Alternatives

As beauty bark breaks down in your soil, it actually can lower the pH of your soil making it more acidic. Any plants needing a more neutral or alkaline soil pH will be at risk for nutrient deficiencies, pests, and/or diseases.

Instead, consider these five alternatives below. Hear more about each type of mulch on this podcast.

  • Arborist Mulch
  • Compost
  • Tree Leaves 
  • Straw (either loose or in bales)
  • Rocks or Stone



Don’t Forget These Mulching Tools

We have spent multiple seasons mulching all our garden areas and these tools are highly recommended for successful mulch spreading.

Don’t risk injury by not using a wheelbarrowpitchfork, or other necessary items. Check this list below to see what you’re missing.


Round Shovel



Hard Metal Rake





Pitch Fork










Garden rake


A blower for cleaning




Flower Books 

If you’re looking for further educational resources about all types of perennials, these books below are great educational references!

Four-Season Gardening

If you want to create a four-season garden featuring specific, beautiful plants that bloom during specific seasons, look no further than our new book!

In Four-Season Gardening, we’ll teach you plant care tips for 15 seasonal plants and seasonal gardening tricks that could be the difference between a thriving garden and a ho-hum garden. Check it out!

American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers

This is a great reference guide for tons of plants from the American Horticultural Society.

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

This book has stunning images, how-tos, and planting information to grow your own cutting garden.

Or, if you need to shop for other garden plants for this fall, click here to find what you need!



Conclusion for beauty bark mulch

Beauty bark does not have to be the only option for your mulching needs. There are many alternatives that are more natural and more beneficial to your garden beds.

Whatever type of mulch you choose, know that you are doing a great service to your garden beds by protecting them and helping create new better soil.

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Learn about five alternatives to beauty bark mulch that you can use in your garden in this quick DIY Garden Minute podcast.


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In this podcast, you’ll learn why you shouldn’t use beauty bark as mulch and what to use instead.


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What You’ll Learn:

  • Five alternative options to beauty bark mulch.
  • Recommendations for mulching tools to purchase.
  • Books to read and help you dig deeper into mulching.
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