Why mulch? – There are many ways and reasons to utilize mulch, but the two main applications are (1) seasonal to create a protective layer around shrubs, flower beds, gardens, and other growing plants; and (2) as a more permanent installation to provide a relatively maintenance free landscape surface covering.
When used around shrubs, trees, and other plants, mulch has many benefits. Mulch provides a protective covering for the plant’s roots. It creates a buffer zone to protect the base of the plant from mowers and trimmers. Mulch helps with moisture retention, controls soil temperature, provides some decomposition & nutrient replenishment, and inhibits weed growth. Mulch also aids in soil retention to prevent washouts and rain pelted soil from leaching nutrients and splashing mud on surrounding structures. And mulch provides an overall more pleasing appearance.
When used as a permanent landscape surface coving, mulch can provide a relatively maintenance free installation covering a large area. No mowing, watering, or fertilizing is required for areas with a mulch covering. Mulch also works well in higher traffic areas along paths and walkways were grass is trampled down. Different mulch colors and textures can also be used to create a desired look and feel to any landscaped area.
Different Varieties – Landscape MDs carries a variety of mulch types including: cedar mulch, dark brown chocolate mulch, golden mulch, hardwood mulch, red mulch, and tree chips. Cedar has the added benefit of repelling some insects.
Mulch vs. Stone – If you are considering the use of mulch as a landscape ground cover, then stone may be another option to consider. Stone can be more expensive to install and won’t provide the moisture retention and temperature control of organic mulch, but it will provide a more durable ground cover. Stone will be more permanent, won’t typically wash away, won’t decompose or need to be replenished over the years.
How to install properly
Mulch should be installed in a layer with a minimum depth of 4-inches. This will allow the mulch layer to perform the way it should and keep the weeds from growing readily. For areas without plants and shrubs, an herbicide should be applied to the cleared and level surface. A layer of fabric or plastic should be used to keep the cover layer from penetrating the ground and prevent weeds and plants from sprouting through. Some form of edge treatment can be used between the mulch and the area beyond.
Let the professionals at Landscape MDs assist you in picking the right product for you landscape needs.
We can help you determine how much mulch you will need; and we sell by volume not by weight, so you will be paying for the actual mulch and not for any moisture that might be in the material.