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Mulch Paths: So Easy to Walk On

20150126Gardeners rarely think about it, but mulches, such as cedar mulch, forest mulch, rameal chipped wood, or pine needle mulch, make excellent coverings for a garden or forest path. They are inexpensive and easy on the foot, giving a sort of spongy feeling as you walk, plus they drain well so you won’t be walking in mud. They also smother weeds and help keep them from sprouting. If you ever see that weeds begin to germinate, a sign that the mulch has become too thin over time, so simply add fresh mulch over the aging one. Simple, isn’t it?

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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