Schonbeck, Mark. 2012. Organic Mulching Materials for Weed Management. eXtension. Accessed at: <http://articles.extension.org/pages/65025/organic-mulching-materials-for-weed-management>
Organic Mulching Materials for Weed Management, authored by Dr. Mark Schonbeck of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming, can be found on extension’s website (http://www.extension.org). eXtension is a non-profit which manages a “interactive learning environment delivering research-based information emerging from America’s land-grant university system”. The article goes over organic mulching information and recommendations for hay, straw, and fresh-cut forage as well as cover cropping for annual weed prevention and soil health. The article also discusses tree leaves, chipped brush, wood shavings and bark, sawdust, compost, and manure as to why, or why not they would recommend it as a mulching material. For synthetic mulching materials for weed management see eXtension’s Synthetic Mulching Materials for Weed Management publication.