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Why do people put bark chips around their plants/shrubs - is there a best time of year to do that?


I live near Portland, OR. People often put bark chips around their plants and shrubs here. It does look good I must admit. Is there a practical purpose to this? Is there a best time of year to do this or can you do this at any point? I've kinda been getting obsessed about landscaping at my place, enjoying it, learning, etc. Thanks!

 

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Chloe Davis Smith (nochance) says

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    Missing Link 5 weeks ago

    Thanks very much! I put down my first bag of bark chips a few days ago. I need more though. I am going to try to take care of this this Fall but we are on a tight budget. Luckily, bags of bark chips don't cost much.

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    Missing Link 5 weeks ago

    Oh wow-great info-thanks so much! So I might be doing this any day then.