Hints For Your Mulch Landscaping Projects

 

From Dr. Mulch

Mulch is a natural organic material that decomposes to humus, feeding the plant.

 

Mulch encourages foliage and root development while helping to aerate the soil and retain moisture.

 

Mulch retains soil moisture and enhances seed germination. Save as much as 70% of water loss from bare soil by mulching. More water is available for plants; water is saved during droughts.

 

Mulch prevents weed growth. Our mulch is free of weed seeds. A 2” layer of mulch obscures sunlight necessary for germinating weed seeds, exhausts weed seedlings strength before they push up to the sun, and makes established weeds easier to pull.

 

Mulch moderates soil and surface temperatures. In summer, mulch can reduce soil temperature as much as 30 degrees. In winter, mulch holds heat in the soil and protects plant roots from freezing temperatures.

Mulch height / depth

Two inches of mulch is the ideal mulch depth for

weed control and moisture retention, slightly   higher for new plantings or fall plantings. Never

place mulch more than four inches deep. Plant

suffocation can result. Keep mulch even with the

lawn and sidewalks to avoid spillage.

How much mulch do I need?

To calculate the number of cubic yards you will need, measure the area of your plant beds by multiplying the length times the width in feet. This will give you the area in square feet. Divide this number by 160. This will give you the approximate number of yards necessary for mulch coverage 2 inches in depth.

How often should I mulch?

Our mulch is of a high enough quality that some

customers mulch every other year. If you choose to

mulch every other year, weed and re-rake in the

spring and weed in August to maintain healthy beds.

Weather

For best results never mulch before or during

heavy rain. All-natural mulch color is water based

and needs a drying period to set. Mulching on hot,

humid, sunny, non-windy days with hot mulch could result in the burning of tender plants.

Edging

Edge your beds with a sharp shovel to keep grass

from growing into mulch beds. Use the sharp edge of a shovel to cut completely through the roots of existing grass that protrudes into desired mulch bed area.

Mulching around plants

Never throw mulch on plant foliage, against plant

stems, or on lawns. All natural mulch is slightly

acidic. Damp mulch will burn tender foliage.

Mulching around

trees and shrubs

You should never “volcano” around trees or shrubs. “Volcanoing” is over-mulching by mounding mulch at the base of plants. It encourages the burrowing of small animals and insects and can cause rotting of the covered trunk area.

Building the proper bed

Always remember to leave room for the mulch when building new beds. Do not mound the soil. If you feel you have deep rooted weeds that you wish to suffocate, cut them short, cover them with wet newspaper, and cover with mulch.

Benefits of Mulch

How to Mulch

When to mulch

Mulch in the spring after trees drop their seeds for

maximum weed control and water retention in the summer. Fall mulching protects plants from  winter damage.

Do not use weed fabric

Our premium mulch does not require the use of weed fabric. Our mulch should be placed in beds on top of the soil or old mulch. It will decompose and feed plants along with keeping weeds down. Weed fabrics keep mulch from adhering to soil, causing ugly fabric to show after wind

and water erosion.

Note: Some mulch installers recommend the use of weed fabric because they are using inferior mulch processed from demolition wood, wood pallets, and landfill debris. Weed fabric is expensive, adds an additional labor intensive step to the installation process, and, when combined with inferior mulch, still does not accomplish the job that premium mulch alone can accomplish.

Use weed fabric with stones

Use weed fabric under stones in high water flow

areas where water erosion is a problem (under

water gutter spouts, under eaves, driveway edges).

Mulch floats and will wash away.

Manure-based products

Manure-based mulches are for soil enhancement

only. Never use a product created with manure as

mulch. This type of mulch may contain weed

seeds or can act as a fertile bed for windblown

seeds.

Weeding

Weed beds before mulching. Weed beds in

August to keep any new weeds from becoming

deep rooted.