Mulch is vital for creating a garden that looks presentable. The benefits of applying mulch to your garden are that it reduces evaporation, stops weeds from germinating (which any gardener knows is a major perk!) and gives your garden that attractive, finished look. Not to mention, mulch is inexpensive and easy enough to apply. In addition to it being an inexpensive purchase, mulch can save you on your water bill by reducing the need to leave the sprinklers running to apply the required level of water to keep your plants alive, especially during the dry summer months. Plus, it protects the plant roots from extreme temperatures and sudden fluctuations which can affect a plant’s growth and longevity.
There are several different types of mulch, and they fall in separate price points and have different aesthetics. So, depending on what you’re using it for, you might opt for a different type of mulch. Below are a few types to get you started:
Autumn and Spring offer us for free, and a constantly available mulch source, which can last up to one year. It is recommended to chop the leaves prior to using them in order to prevent matting, which prevents water from reaching the roots of the plants. This is the “organic” chemical free approach to gardening. However, this informal look can cause some gardeners to opt for a more attractive mulch.
The benefit to using this type of mulch is that, since this mulch is finely shredded with less wood chunks, it breaks down slowly over time and actually nourishes your soil. It works well on slopes and areas that are prone to flooding. This mulch is triple shredded.
This type of mulch is widely available and can last from one to three years. It’s natural look tends to blend in and looks great in woodland settings. This mulch is doubled shredded, meaning there are some wood chunks that take longer to break down.
Brown, Red, & Black Dyed Mulch
This type of mulch is usually made from recycled wood waste and dyed with coloring that is not harmful to plants, animals, or the environment. The result is a sleek-looking mulch that can match your home's aesthetics. However, it is important to note that colored mulch does not breakdown into your soil as well as undyed mulch. In addition, colored mulch has the tenancy for the color to fade during the growing season. Typically, dyed mulch is moderately priced and, a benefit of it not breaking down is that it lasts longer.
Right Dress Licorice Root
This is a high-quality mulch product that is resistant to decomposition and is sterilized to be free of weed seeds and insect larvae. Not only that, but it can be applied year-round.
Before applying the mulch you have to prep the garden beds by removing any existing weeds. Some people choose to lay landscape fabric in the gardens beds before mulching, although we do not suggest doing this. As the mulch breaks down on top of the landscape fabric, it turns to soil, hence the perfect conditions for weed seedlings to grow on top of the landscape fabric. It is suggested prior to mulching to apply a pre-emergence weed control to hinder weed seed germination in your newly mulched beds. One of the best known pre-emergence weed control products is Preen. Should you prefer the organic gardening approach there are many organic pre-emergence weed control products made from Corn Gluten available at your local garden center. The best way to move your mulch to your desired location is, of course, a wheel barrow.
When applying the mulch, you want to use an even layer of about two to four inches in order to retain water and prevent weed growth. A mulching fork is a great tool for this. When applying the mulch in close proximity to a shrub, be sure to apply a thin layer of mulch near the base of the shrub. By mulching heavy over the shrubs root mass, there is the possibility of suffocating the roots plus water will not reach the roots during natural rainfall. Every couple of years, you will need to renew organic mulch, which is as simple as spreading the new mulch over the old and you’re good to go.
Mulch prevents moisture evaporation around your plants, prevents weeds from germinating and overall give your gardens a beautiful, clean look. For help creating the landscape you desire contact us today with any questions, and to help with your landscaping needs.
It's true that mulching not only beautified the garden but can also provide a lot of benefits like reducing evaporation stops weeds, etc. Thanks for enumerating the types of mulch that every garden needs. My mother is planning to landscape our backyard garden, and she is planning to use mulch. I 'll advise her to go for it as it's very beneficial for plant growth and landscape for beautification.
3/27/2019 08:04:10 am
Bree, thank you for stopping by at our website and writing a comment. I am happy that we were able to give you adequate information about mulch types.
1/27/2021 11:17:00 am
It's great that this article mentions that mulching your garden can help keep it free of weeds. I want my garden to look beautiful this year, so I'm considering buying some mulch for it. I'm going to search for a reputable business in my area that can sell me some mulch.
2/16/2021 12:10:36 pm
It's cool that you point out that mulch can help protect your garden from weeds. I want to keep my garden free of weeds, so I'm thinking about hiring a landscaping company to mulch it for me. I'm going to search for a good landscaping company in my area that offers mulching services.
4/6/2021 06:20:07 pm
It's good to know that you can nourish your soil with mulch! My neighbor recently started a garden in her backyard since it's beginning to get warmer outside, and she was telling me about how she was wondering what she should add to it to make it better. I'll make sure to pass this information along to her so that she can know the benefits of mulching her garden!
5/19/2021 11:40:01 am
I want to get some mulch for a project that I'm working on, but I'm not sure how to go about it. It makes sense that I would want to use the right kind of mulch. I'll do my research before choosing to ensure that I choose correctly.
5/24/2021 11:41:18 am
My dad has a large garden and I would like to help him mulch it. I didn't know there were so many different types of mulch with different purposes. I would like to buy in bulk so we have enough for his whole space.
5/25/2021 03:49:23 pm
I loved learning that mulch helps to give your yard a finished, attractive look. My husband wants to finish the landscaping in our backyard. We'll have to find quality mulch to purchase.
7/12/2021 01:34:33 pm
Thanks for the tip to use two to four inches of mulch to prevent weeds from growing. Weeds have ruined my gardens in the past. So I'll do anything to make sure my plants can grow.
7/12/2021 01:35:22 pm
I like that you mentioned that mulch can save you money by reducing your water bill. My dad has a huge yard that is just grass and he spends so much watering it. I am going to send him this article and maybe he could replace some grass with mulch and trees!
7/17/2021 02:55:54 am
After spending some time on your blog I thought I utilized my time in a correct way by reading amazing tips given by you. I appreciate your work.
10/18/2021 06:24:22 am
Yes, finding the right mulch for gardening is challenging and can sometimes take months to find the best one. There are some ways or tips told to check whether the one purchased is the right one or not. Let's see how it works.
12/21/2022 03:05:24 pm
It's good to know that hardwood mulch can last for three years! My sister was at my house last night for dinner, and she talked about how she and her husband want to start working on a garden in their backyard, but they need to get mulch for the soil. I'll pass this information along to her so she can know more about the different types of mulch.
3/21/2023 06:19:36 am
It is a very useful blog and very important information about Mulching tips.
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