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Using Stones and Shells for Mulch

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Q: I am re-landscaping my entire yard, and instead of mulch, rocks or pine needles, I am planning on using shells. Will shells create any type of problem for my trees, shrubs or flowers?
(Question from Naples, Florida)

A: Generally shells are much like a stone mulch. Except shells will slowly leach calcium into the soil as they very gradually degrade. If you already have a high pH (soil measure of acidity or alkalinity), which means your soil is alkaline, then ...

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What kind of mulch

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Q: What kind of mulch would you recommend to use in beds around and close to our home. In the beginning we used cypress mulch and discontinued it a number of years ago because of the rampant destruction of cypress trees. Then we went to pine bark and encountered an ant problem, i.e. they entered the house. Our pest control people told us that eventually  these ants would attract termites. So we removed all of the pine bark and are ...

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