What You Should Know Before Buying Mulch for Your Landscape


A spread of mulch over the soil gives plants unending benefits. It provides insulation, keeps soil moist, covers weed seeds, and so on and so forth.


These are important things to consider when buying mulch.




Majority of commercial organic mulches, besides straw, are wood byproducts from the lumber business. Bagged mulches coming from good home improvement stores or garden centers, or bulk mulches sold by reputable landscape supply companies are most probably clean and safe. However, cheap bags of mulch, like those typically sold at gas stations, can contain shredded construction debris or other waste containing toxic chemicals and metals. And don’t buy cypress mulch, though some reputable stores sell it: it could be from clear-cutting virgin trees in Southern wetlands. Read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawn to gain more info about landscaping supplies.




Shredded hardwood and other medium-textured mulch are generally great for most places. In a permanent layer around trees though, bigger chunks – pine bark nuggets, for example –  will be longer-lasting. For vegetable beds, buy something fluffy and fast-decomposing, like straw. Recycled glass, recycled rubber tires or gravel mulch can cover the ground, but will not won’t improve soil the way organic mulch does, and the pieces have a tendency to scatter all over the yard. Adding landscape fabric under the mulch helps discourage weeds. Mulch color is mainly an issue of taste. but the most classic choice is the undyed dark brown.


Bag versus Bulk|


Mulch may be bought in bags, typically in 2 or 3 cubic feet, or by the truckload, typically in cubic yards. Bagged mulch is pricier but easier to work with. If you purchase in bags, there are different kinds available for different purposes. Bulk mulch may be ordered from landscaping supply companies or garden shops. Prices are going to vary; as you shop around, tell the seller your plans for the mulch so they can make the right recommendations. Note that delivery distance is going to affect the cost.




To know the area to be mulched, split it into smaller shapes, like circles or rectangles; measure them, find the area of each, and sum them up to know the total or overall area. Then decide what  depth you want to go for.


Free Mulch


Fallen leaves – shredded especially – are perfect mulch for flower and perennial beds. For trees as well as shrubs, try asking local landscapers or utility crews for a free dump of wood chips from tree trimming – certainly not on the lawn, however, as this can kill the grass. Also, never use recently shredded wood chips in your vegetable or flower beds. They are a bit too chunky, not to mention they can compete with plants for nutrients as they start to decompose. Read about this best loam delivery service near you.


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