Quality Mulch

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.

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.

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 Mulch

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.

How to Install Mulch

How Much Mulch Will You Need?

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.

  1. Calculate the surface area and the desired depth of coverage to determine how many cubic feet of mulch is needed. (There are 27 cubic feet in one (1) cubic yard. One (1) cubic yard will cover a 324 square foot area with one (1) inch thickness.)
  2. Determine the square footage of your bed. For square or rectangular-shaped beds, multiply the width by the length.
  3. Multiply your square footage by the desired length and divide by 324 square feet. This will tell you how many cubic yards you will need.

Mulch is sold by the cubic yard. One (1) cubic yard= 100 square feet (with a 3″ thickness).

Where Should You Mulch?

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.

Where Should You Not Mulch?

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.

How to Apply Mulch

  1. Weed the area before applying any type of mulch.
  2. Spread a layer of mulch over the entire plant bed.
  3. Keep mulch two (2) to three (3) inches away from the stems of woody plants to prevent decay caused by wet mulch.
  4. Keep mulch six (6) to 12 inches away from the walls of buildings to prevent termites from using it as a “bridge to cross” treated soil.
  5. Newly planted trees require a circle of mulch three (3) to four (4) feet in diameter. Do NOT pile mulch against the trunk.

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