Choosing the Best Mulch for Your Landscape

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Spring is here and that means it’s time to set our sights on the great outdoors. Spring cleanup season is upon us and soon we’ll be enjoying the warmer days by planting, seeding, fertilizing and mulching to get ready for the summer.

Mulching is not only for aesthetics, it performs a vital function for your plants. It reduces weeds, maintains soil temperatures and moisture, plus it looks beautiful. It comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors.

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Here are a few tips for choosing the right mulch for your landscaping needs.

Know Your Options

First, decide what mulch will fit your needs. Choosing the right mulch can be tricky. You have several options. Consider what type of material to use, what color suits your landscape and how much mulch you’ll actually need.

You’ll also need to decide whether you want to purchase your mulch in bags or in bulk. Bulk is cheaper but there’s usually a minimum order. If you’re just mulching a few beds or pots you may want to opt for bags. If you have large flower beds or a lot of large plantings of shrubs and trees, bulk might be a better choice.

Let’s look at some of your options for type and color.

Hemlock: Hemlock mulch has an attractive red/orange tone and helps to repel some insects. It adds rich luxurious color to your landscape. Hemlock is very aromatic. Like cedar and pine bark mulch, hemlock decomposes slowly so it will last an entire season.

Mixed Bark/Colored Bark: This is a recycled material usually made from brush and logs. Bark mulches break down quickly and have nutrients to fortify your soil. Natural colorants make this good for adding color to your landscape. Generally available in red, brown and black.

Pine: Pine bark mulch has a natural dark rich color and a pine scent. It decomposes slowly and is also relatively inexpensive. Pine bark mulch is a perfect soil conditioner for acid loving plants like hollies and azaleas.

Bulk or Bags?

If you don’t have a lot of mulching to do, several bags may be plenty. Bags usually contain around 2 or 3 cubic feet per bag. This is enough to cover approximately 24 square feet to a depth of 1-inch per bag.

Bulk mulch is sold in cubic yards and is typically delivered to your home, or requires a pickup truck to haul. One cubic yard will cover 162 square feet (13′ X 13′) to a depth of about 2-inches.

Whether you are buying bags or in bulk, make sure you check the quality of your mulch. High-quality material will offer consistent color and last for an entire season. If you buy in bulk, make sure that your supplier uses an industry-accepted measurement protocol to ensure that you get what you pay for.

At Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply we sell the highest quality premium mulch from Maine. It offers consistent color, 100% Canadian bark with no filler or waste debris ever used. All our mulch is dye-free, the only except being the black mulch. We provide our customers with fast and reliable delivery and accurate yardage.

Our professional, friendly staff can help you to make the perfect choice for your landscaping needs and we’re committed to providing the level of service you deserve. Plus, for every cubic yard of loam and mulch we sell, we donate $1 to a local charity. Call us today we’re always here to help you!

2017-04-13T15:02:53+00:00 April 13th, 2017|What's New|

About the Author:

Emerson Martins is the owner of Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply and has over 15 years of experience in the hardscape business. After owning his own hardscape company, he opened Old Station in October 2013. Emerson envisioned a place where both homeowners and contractors could shop, receive supreme customer service, and see their home or business projects come to life. Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply is that destination. Emerson treats all his customers with the same high quality level of service he likes to receive. Many landscape supply yards treat the homeowner like an outsider, but at Old Station everyone is welcome. Emerson takes the time sit down with the homeowner and go over step-by-step how to complete their specific project. He will advise on topics large and small such as how far they should dig down in the ground and what kind of base they need, or the best kind of polymeric sand to use and how to use it. Or if a homeowner is having trouble picking out a paver for a project, Emerson will be there to listen and recommend which product will best suit their needs—no project is too small for his consultation. At Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply, we pride ourselves on our referrals. Rest assured, we will recommend the best, qualified contractor for your job through our Contractor Referral Program. Better prices, more options, and superior service. The knowledgeable staff at Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply will provide you the finest service and assist you in achieving your outdoor home or business goals. We look forward to serving your hardscape and landscape needs.