Landscaping With 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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
How to Install Mulch
Too much mulch can suffocate your plants. Generally, a one (1) to two (2) inch layer of fine mulch should be sufficient, while a coarser material should be three (3) to four (4) inches deep.
Mulch is sold by the cubic yard. One (1) cubic yard= 100 square feet (with a 3″ thickness).
Applying mulch around new plantings is definitely a must. It helps to conserve moisture in the root ball of a new plant until the roots have grown out into the surrounding soil. And, because there is less competition for water and nutrients from weeds, the growth rate of newly planted trees and shrubs will increase.
Mulch entire beds of shrubs, trees, annuals, herbaceous perennials and ground covers.
Because dyed mulch is slower to break down compared to more natural ones, it should be applied in areas where there is less concern about plant growth. If you want to accent the colors of plants adjacent to pathways, dyed mulch is a good choice.
Whether you are mulching with a wood mulch, pine straw, gravel, stone, etc., always leave a minimum of six (6) inches around the exterior of your home. Subterranean termites are found in every landscape in America. These pesky termites travel undercover; the material you use to mulch provides the protection and moisture they need to find their way to your home’s framing.
Also, do not apply wood mulch directly against your home’s exterior. Any kind of wood mulch can breed a nuisance mold known as “shotgun” or “artillery” fungus that will permanently stain a home’s exterior.
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