Products – Soil & Mulches – Types of Mulches – Cocoa Mulch
Cocoa Mulch is the hulls of cocoa beans. This product has been washed to remove all the theobromine (a chocolate product that can make dogs sick). It is completely harmless to pets. Once applied to gardens, Cocoa Mulch releases a natural gum product which binds the shells into a porous mat that holds moisture in the soil, suppresses weed growth, and holds it in place through a minor windstorm (unfortunately not through a 100 mph east wind). Cocoa mulch is not good for walkways.
This product naturally deters slugs and snails but it should not be used in shady areas where it will stay wet. If it is kept wet, it will decompose quickly and create an unsightly mold during the decomposition process. It does not decompose as quickly in hot and dry areas.