8 Best Mulches to Use in Your Organic Garden

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Mulched autumn leaves

Autumn leaves are plentiful, free, and excellent for use in the organic garden.

Weed-free straw

Good straw mulch is a good thing for an organic garden.

Bark mulch

Bark mulch is decorative and functional; win-win!

Wood chips

Wood chips can be a cheap and abundant mulch material.

Grass clippings

Free grass clippings make excellent mulch, too! Ask your neighbors for theirs!

Salt marsh hay

Salt marsh hay is something of a regional mulch material.


Compost is both a mulch and a fertilizing amendment.

Pine needles

There are many benefits to using pine needles as a mulch, including cost and erosion control.