What can I use as a mulch around my tomato plants?

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What can I use as a mulch around my tomato plants?

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Several organic materials can be used as a mulch around tomato plants.  Suitable mulching materials include dry grass clippings, shredded leaves, straw, and pine needles.  Do not collect grass clippings from lawns that have been treated with a broadleaf herbicide until the lawn has been mowed at least 2 or 3 times after the herbicide application.  An application of 2 to 3 inches of material is usually sufficient.  

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