Benefits and Use of Mulch
- Conservation of soil moisture
- Maintains consistent soil temperatures
- Minimizes soil erosion and compaction
- Assists in weed control
- Offers a finished, professional look
Use of Mulch
Step 1: Choose what type of mulch you wish to use.
- Organic Mulch
- Shredded hardwood bark
- Cypress mulch
- Pine needles
- Inorganic mulch
- Landscape fabrics
Step 2: Calculate how much you need.
- Organic Mulch:
- Should be applied to a depth of 2-4 inches
- A depth greater than 4 inches results in a lack of oxygen to the root zone
- Replenish periodically
- Do not pile in a "volcano"
Measure the mulch depth each year at the beginning of the season to see if more is needed.
Adding 1-2 inches every 2-3 years should be sufficient.
Do not mulch onto trees and shrubs.
- Inorganic mulch, such as rock, should be applied at a depth of 2 inches
A professional quality weed barrier is the best option for weed control under rock. It also keeps the rock from sinking into the soil.
Plastic or other non-breathable fabric, such as construction material, is not recommended.
For a recommendation of what mulch will work best for your plantings, please give us a call or stop in to speak with one of our Green View associates.