Location! Location! Location! Choosing the best kind of mulch really depends on your location because mulch comes in a variety of textures and all have different qualities that suit certain areas better than others. When looking for the right kind of mulch, you want to buy something that is appealing to the eye of course, but there are other characteristics to look for as well. You want a mulch that is economical-especially during these times of economic recession, also you want something that's easy to put down and/or remove, a mulch that stays in place (key) and lastly, you want a mulch that gives to your soil, not containing insects or weeds. Winter mulches like straw, shredded leaves and pine needles are ideal because they keep the soil cool during the winter months and are perfect for woody plants. Summer mulches are primarily used to warm the soil, reduce the growth of weeds and retain soil moisture. If you just want a mulch that looks great in or around you garden, cocoa mulch or compost are the best. Their texture and color really gives a garden that extra 'wow' factor. However, cocoa mulch can be on the expensive side, so be prepared to pay a little extra for its beauty. Furthermore, you can find these mulches and many more selections at your local Lawn and Garden department stores. I would recommend a bag of Scotts 2 cu. ft mulch which will run you about $4.97 per bag. Its an excellent brand choice and affordable!