Are you tired of weeds popping up in your flower garden? Have you heard that mulch can effectively control weeds but don't know what type of mulch you should be purchasing? There are many varieties of mulch, and each one has different properties. Which one you will want to use will depend on why you want mulch in the first place. Here are some of the most popular types of mulch and what they can be used for.

Natural wood mulch: Natural mulch is any mulch that is made from untreated materials. With bulk mulch, natural mulch is often mostly bark material. Sometimes there is wood from the inner part of the tree, but that will depend on the mulch manufacturer. Because nothing has been added to it, natural mulch is a great choice if you want to grow anything edible in your garden. Whether you're growing fruits, vegetables, or even berries, natural mulch is a good choice for this type of garden bed. Over time, this type of mulch will break down and can add nutrients to the soil, eventually helping your plants to grow.

Colored wood mulch: You can often find bulk mulch that has been dyed in a wide variety of colors. Some of the most common colors include red or orange, but you may also be able to find colors like purple, blue, yellow, and more. If you have flower beds, colored mulch can help make your flowers stand out even more. If you have red roses, a blue mulch might work well as a contrast to the rose blossoms. Unfortunately, the dyes used aren't always appropriate for use on or around a garden of edible plants. Make sure to read the label for any warnings before making any plans to purchase the mulch.

Rubber mulch: Rubber mulch can come in a wide variety of colors. It can come in colors that simulate natural wood, or it can come in colors that are even brighter than those you'd find in dyed wood mulch. Rubber mulch can have an extremely long lifespan, longer than that of wood, making it ideal for applications where you don't want to have to keep refreshing the mulch layer every year or two. It is also relatively soft, making it an ideal groundcover for some playgrounds. If you have plans to install a swing set in your backyard, you may want to purchase some of this type of bulk mulch to place underneath the swings to make landings more gentle than they would be with the bare ground.