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A Beginner’s Guide to Mulch


A photo of brown, double-shredded mulch.

Mulch is a gardening must!

Mulch is a very important part of cultivating a beautiful garden as it serves several important purposes. Though it may seem as simple as spreading some materials onto your garden, there is a little more to the process than that. Today we’re going to be going over what mulch does and how you can choose the right kind for your garden. Let’s dive in.

What does mulch do exactly?

Mulching has three benefits for your garden: It helps your plants retain moisture, it helps control the weeds in the area, and it helps to insulate the soil to protect it from temperature related damage. These benefits are immensely important to keeping your garden looking its best. However, choosing the right kind of mulch and placing it properly are the true keys to unlocking its true benefits.

How do you choose the right mulch for your garden?

Mulch 1With so many types of mulch available, it can be difficult to chose. From shredded mulch, rocks or gravel to pine needles, we will cover some of the popular mulch to help you select which one will work best in your landscape.

Double shredded Mulch is the most popular and is made from the bark and wood of local tree and shredded twice and aged for 6 months or more. Beyond its nature color it also comes  in 3 popular colors – Dark Brown ( the most popular ), Black or Red. The colored mulch is designed to hold it’s color all season , while the natural wood mulch is likely to fade to gray within the first 1 to 3 months of exposure to the elements.

Pine Bark Nuggets  They do present a different look but are slower to break down than shredded bark and they don’t stay in place as well. They are not a good choice for slopes or other areas that may be washed away by heavy rain. The pine bark nuggets  are available in a variety sizes, the bigger the nugget the longer they last

A photo of red, double-shredded mulch.Wood Chips – You can often get them free from tree trimmers, if you haul them away yourself. They take a fair amount of nitrogen from the soil and can be acidic and lower your soil’s PH as well. Therefore, these are  are commonly used in a children’s play set areas.

River rocks or gravel  These do not break down in the landscape, so they don’t need to be reapplied every year. However, it also means they don’t improve your soil over time.  Decorative rock & gravel is best used on stable ground without a lot of foot traffic, as it has a tendency to roll downhill. For hilled areas, shredded bark is more likely to stay in place. They are more common in commercial properties by can really make a distinct statement in the right landscape application.

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