What Type of Mulch Is Best for Blackberries?

What Type of Mulch Is Best for Blackberries?

What Type of Mulch Is Best for Blackberries?

Black plastic is one of the best mulch choices when growing blackberries, according to SFGate. Blackberries need a lot of moisture to produce high yields of fruit, so using mulch to conserve soil moisture is important. If using black plastic for mulch, an efficient drip-irrigation system is required.

Pine needles and shredded pine bark are also excellent choices for mulching blackberries. Pine needles should be layered 4 inches thick. They can also be layered on top of black plastic to protect the plastic from breaking down chemically in the sunlight. Wheat straw can also be used as a mulch for blackberries, but it is flammable and can leach nitrogen from the soil.