The best type of mulch to use around your flowers is compost. It has bark and other inert materials that are considered mulch, but also contains nutritious elements. Compost is a mixture of rotted leaves, manure and other organic materials. Compost provides flower beds with the same finished look as mulch.
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Marci Degman has been a Landscape Designer and Horticulture writer for since 1997. She has an Associate of Applied Science in landscape technology and landscape design from Portland Community College. She writes a newspaper column for the Hillsboro Argus and radio tips for KUIK. Her teaching experience for Portland Community College has set the pace for her to write for GardenGuides.com.