What kind of mulch is good to use around roses?

I want to keep the weeds down around the roses in my rental house.Is it ok to use weedcloth and a mulch on top,and if so,what kind of mulch?

weedcloth is okay, the newspaper idea is good, too…. use the cheapest mulch , either bought or made with leaves and such… just in case you need to change it out for fresh over the season… a bad time of black spot or other fungus would want you to remove the affected leaves and anything they fell on, so as to remove the spores of the fungus, too….

I use shredded pine bark on mine…over newspaper… then if I have to remove it, I can use it in a pathway area where it won’t infect any other plants….

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