Mulch

Why should I apply mulch?
Mulch is a protective coating applied to landscape beds. It will aid in weed prevention, reduce watering, maintain moisture in the soil & prevent erosion as well as add beauty to the landscape.

When should I apply mulch?
You can apply mulch safely any time during the growing season however it is best to apply it to exposed soil in the spring to prevent weeds & in the fall for winter root protection.

What mulch should I choose?
Mulch comes in a variety of textures & colors. The mulch you choose is mostly personal preference.

 

Varieties of Mulch

Black Enhanced Mulch – This dyed hardwood mulch retains its color enhance any landscaping around your home or business.  It requires minimal maintenance, maintains erosion control, moisture retention, and adds natural acidity to the soil.  The colorant is non-toxic to plants and animals

 

 Hardwood Mulch is one our most popular variety. It is an all natural shredded material that is black in color when wet, brown to light black when dry.

 

Cedar Mulch -One of the most attractive and unique mulches available. It consists of yellow and red heart-wood resulting in beautiful coloration and a pleasant aroma. Aromatic cedar mulch is a top-choice for gardeners and landscaper who prefer fragrant, low maintenance mulch. It is durable and is highly effective in reducing weed growth.

 

Cypress Mulch – Produced from the bark of the cypress tree.  It is one of the finest and most attractive natural and chemical free mulches available.  This mulch stays in place and is excellent for sloping landscapes, playgrounds, and any landscaping projects that demands effective and visual appealing mulch.

 

Pine Bark Mulch, Mini Nuggets & Large Nuggets – This mulch is chipped rather than shredded. The chips come in 3 sizes & it is dark brown in color. The mini & large nuggets provide an interesting texture to the landscape & is often used in mulched paths. The benefit of this mulch is that it slowly decomposes so it lasts a long time.

 

Pine Straw – As the name implies, pine straw comes from pine trees, which shed their needles in the fall. Once the needles drop to the ground, they are raked, cleaned and baled without the need to cut down or harm the trees. This makes pine straw a very environmentally friendly choice for a landscaping and mulching material. Pine straw is a very light product making it the easiest product to apply and the best choice for hard to mulch areas or steep grades.

 

Wheat Straw – A easily decomposing mulch to cover seed to aid germination.

 

How much Mulch do I need?
Go out & step off your beds where you will be applying mulch. Measure the length & the width. Multiply the length times the width to determine the square footage you need to cover. Do not worry about being precise when measuring curves etc. just try to get the bulk of the area. Then decide how deep you want to apply the mulch. We recommend 1-2 inches per year. I have listed a guide to help you decide the quantity you will need.

  • 1 cubic yard will cover 324 square feet 1” deep
  • 1 cubic yard will cover 162 square feet 2” deep
  • 1 bag (2 cubic feet) will cover 12 square feet 2” deep

For example: If you have an area that is 100’ feet long & 10’ wide and you want to apply mulch 2” thick you will need approx. 6-6.5 cubic yards of mulch. 100 x 10 = 1000 square feet divided by 162 = 6.17 so you would need approximately 6-6.5 cubic yards of mulch.

If you have trouble with this we’ll be glad to help.

Other tips:
Do not pile mulch up high near the trunk of the tree. While this is commonly done because it looks nice it is not good for the tree and can cause the health of the tree to decline. It is best for the tree if the flare at the base of the tree is left exposed.

Pull or spray weeds before applying mulch. Mulch will prevent weed growth however weeds are tenacious so if they are actively growing when you apply mulch they may grow through.

More is not better. Do not apply mulch more than 3” thick unless you absolutely do not want to grow anything there.  Any more than 3” and the top will dry and shed water and the soil will stay too wet. Soil must breath to allow  roots to grow.  It is better for landscape plants to refresh the mulch each year rather than put a lot on at one time.