Types of Mulch
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What is mulch? How much should you use?
Mulch makes your flowerbeds look great – but it does
so much more. It also retains moisture, slows down weed
growth, provides nutrients, controls erosion and
insulates the soil, protecting plants from extreme
Mulch is any material, organic or not, placed over the surface of soil. Hardwood, Cypress, Pine and Cedar are the four basic
types of decorative mulches sold today. Each of these
have differences in appearance and function.
Starting the Mulching Process
landscape to figure out the total square feet to be
Decide what color and texture of mulch will
give your landscape the best visual appeal.
yourself if there extra functions needed from the mulch,
such as erosion control or soil conditioning.
Decide on a budget.
Tips For Making The Most of Your Mulch
a more attractive landscape design, follow these steps
before applying mulch:
Clear the entire area of
weeds, leaves and grass. If you are enlarging your
landscape onto an established lawn, be sure to strip the
Edge the border of your landscape and
lawn, using a flat shovel or a power edger. Trim
all nearby trees and shrubs. If mulching over
existing mulch, be sure to loosen up the old mulch to
ensure better moisture penetration.
Now you're ready to mulch! Get the best results by
spreading the mulch with your hands at a thickness of
about 2 inches. Don't allow the mulch to make direct
contact with plants or tree trunks. Doing so might
encourage the stem/trunk to rot. Also, don't allow mulch
to make direct contact with wooden structures in case
Don't use lightweight materials
such as chunk bark in areas prone to flooding. They'll float and wash
After you're finished mulching, water the
mulch down to put moisture into it and to settle it into
Bags vs. Bulk
The choice between bagged product or bulk
product is a question of convenience and preference.
products are often available at a less expensive price point. Bulk
material is delivered in just one location. As a result, the user will
need to physically move the product using a wheel barrow or similar
tool into the various landscaping beds. Once installed, the bulk
material leaves little to no waste byproducts.
Bagged good are
typically higher priced than bulk products. The bagged material allows
the user to easily move the product from location to another without
any needed tools or inconvenient mess. Bags may be placed in the
landscaping beds where they will be needed and then opened and
installed when it is convenient. Once installed, the bagged material
requires the user to dispose of the empty bags.
Bulk soil amendments are similar to mulch, and in some
cases, they are made of the same materials. The difference is that
amendments are for mixing into the soil and then decomposing. Mulch is
for laying on top of soil and decomposing slowly, if at all.
The best kind of soil amendment is compost that you either buy or make
yourself. Composted agricultural by-products are available in many
areas and make excellent soil amendment or mulch.
making a new lawn, spread a 2-inch layer of compost over the soil and
use a rotary tiller to cultivate it into the soil to a depth of about
6 inches. At this rate, you are adding 30 percent (by volume) organic
matter to the soil.
Draw your site as accurately as possible - graph paper works well. For
odd or complex shapes, divide the area into combinations of
rectangles, triangles, and/or circles. Use the following formulas to
Rectangle: Area = length x width
Circle: Area = 3.1416 x the square of the radius
Triangle: Area = 1/2 x
length of base x length of height
To determine topsoil
requirements for areas of varying grade, use a transit to indicate
exact fill requirements...or estimate an average fill depth. Usually
soil does not have to be ordered all at once so you can always bring
in more...better too little than too much!