Benefits and Use of Mulch

Benefits and Use of Mulch


Benefits Include

  • 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
  • Gravel
  • 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.