Landscaping with Mulch
TYPES OF MULCH
Mulch is any material applied to the soil for the protection and improvement of the area covered. There are dozens of types of mulch, from common ones like wood chips, straw, pebbles and rocks (medium to large-sized stones) and leaves to unusual varieties including newspaper, cocoa hulls and black plastic. Different mulches have different functions.
BENEFITS OF MULCH
Mulches are used as a soil covering for a variety of reasons and when applied correctly, have several beneficial effects on the plants and soil:
- Retains moisture in the soil.
- Reduces the growth of weeds. (The mulch material itself should be weed-free and applied deeply enough to prevent weed germination or to smother existing weeds.)
- Insulates plants.
- Prevents soil splashing.
- Improves the structure of the soil.
- Protects tree trunks and shrubs.
- Helps prevent soil compaction.
Wood mulches are one of the most common and least expensive types of mulches. Best used on slopes around trees, shrubs and in garden beds, bark mulch can be dyed different colors. (Dyed mulch will hold its color longer than regular shredded mulch.)
Our mulch has several advantages:
- When applied correctly, wood mulch is an effective weed control method.
- Our wood mulch interlocks (meshes together) and is less likely to spread.
- Wood mulch adds a natural finishing touch to your flower beds. It also retains its color longer than other types of mulch.
What is the advantage of using double-ground hardwood?
Double-ground hardwood has a tendency to mat down over time making it the perfect choice for sloped beds and gardens. Tends to decompose quicker to add nutrients to the garden.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR MULCH FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE
Black contrasts well with green plants and colorful perennials while dark brown gives your garden a more natural look. Red makes for a striking contrast against the lawn, vegetation and flower beds. Natural is a perfect application for plant beds immersed in sunlight – the color will not fade.