Mulch comes in many different textures, colors and types. It is very important you find out where your mulch is coming from, and what it consists of. As with most things, cheaper is not always better. Usually the cheaper or died mulches consist of ground up pallets, wood, stumps etc. This mulch will not break down very quickly and usually does not have the benefits that a natural pine, hemlock or cedar mulch may have. I have found with mulch that you usually get what you pay for, and as a consumer be careful as to where it is coming from and what it consists of.