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There's no reason why you can't extend the mulch cover to within an inch or two of the trunk, assuming the mulch is something of organic origin, isn't too deep, and won't be sitting over any tree roots showing above the soil. Organic mulches (composted materials, bark chips and so on) are preferable to inorganic mulches because the latter don't improve the ...


You can buy mulch dyes in a variety of colors. A simple google search will reveal many sources. I have no idea what's in them, but one said "environmentally safe", whatever that may mean.


@Bamboo is right. The easiest solution is to use just wood chips, a nice thick layer, and spot treat any weeds that emerge with Roundup every few weeks.


It's not a viable idea - the wood chips will gradually degrade and decompose over time, creating a layer of soil like material on top of the gravel just right for seeds to germinate and grow in. Not only that, assuming the gravel is not compacted into place with a machine or bound with resin, the two layers will not stay separate if there's a table and ...

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