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When Should I Mulch and How Much Mulch Do I Need?

Use mulch as an accent.
Mulching can help create healthy lawns but also has an aesthetic value. Choose a colored mulch that compliments the exterior colors of your home in the brick, stone, stucco and siding. For example, brown or red mulch goes well with brick houses. Using a black mulch can contrast with flowers, improving the appearance of your landscape.

Clean out your beds before re-mulching.
If re-mulching a bed, remove all weeds and use a blower to blow the beds out. This will help to remove any seedlings that may have come off the trees or from the yard. Then remove some of the old mulch. Sometimes mulch has been added to the beds three to four times, so we recommend taking out some of the mulch that has built up over time. When you get close to an edge,
such as stepping stones, pavement, or a tree trunk, thin it out.

Try our different mulch products.
Mulch and Stone has an array of mulch options, starting with double shredded hardwood mulch, leaf mulch and black, brown and red dyed mulches. All these mulches are good for conserving moisture, maintaining consistent soil temperatures, and suppressing weeds. Mulching your trees and plants keeps down weeds, thus eliminating competition for water.

Four Mulches

Four Mulches

Don’t ignore bare soil.
Research shows mulching has significant environmental benefits. Having bare soil on your property will cause erosion and sediment runoff. Mulching will help control erosion and runoff.

Don’t use too little or too much mulch.
Mulch and Stone recommends mulching twice a year in the spring and then again in the fall. About 3 inches of mulch is recommended. Mulching in the spring helps with conserving moisture, maintaining consistent soil temperatures, and suppressing weeds. Mulching in the fall will help insulate your plants for winter time. One exception is if you use gravel or a stone product then you could get away with using just 2 inches.

Don’t forget to mulch your trees.
Mulch rings makes a protective area to reduce threats from other plants and keep mowers away. Add mulch to the base of your tree by removing any grass within a 3 to 10 foot area depending on the size of your tree. There’s no benefit in having a pile of mulch next to a tree truck. You want to taper it down, if you pile mulch against the trunk, it will hold moisture there and may lead to root rot.

Drip line

Drip line


Don’t assume you need to put something underneath.
Some people may want to use plastic or landscape fabric, but adding a layer of plastic or landscape fabric could cause more water runoff. If you use organic mulch that will break down, like double shredded hardwood mulch, avoid landscape fabric because you want the mulch to be in contact with the soil to improve it. Plastic or landscape fabric could prevent water and rain from reaching the soil, and actually could increase runoff. Weeds also can grow into the landscape fabric. If the mulch shifts around or is replaced, the plastic or landscape fabric could show through.

Don’t use bad mulch.
The biggest pitfall is getting your mulch from an unreliable source. For example landfill mulch or mulch delivered with weed seeds in it because it was stock piled next to a field of weeds. We at Mulch and Stone only carry the highest quality mulches and stone products.

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