Mulch is materials that are placed over the top soil to retain moisture, and improve soil quality.
Mulch can be used in tree beds, shrubs, annuals, perennials and ground covers. Mulch can also be used instead of grass around trees and shrubs and as a ground cover for walks, trails and play areas.
The amount a mulch is processed refers to the ultimate size of the individual pieces. More processing results in smaller pieces, therefore Triple Processed mulch has smaller pieces than Double Processed.
Play Matt mulch is a smooth, playground safe mulch with no sharp edges.
All materials used to mulch plants retain moisture in the soil, inhibit new weed growth and provide more even soil temperature changes. In addition, organic mulches such as those made of shredded tree bark or mixed-wood also provide long-term source of soil nutrients to plants as they decompose. And just as important, mulches provide color and texture to the landscape that enhances the beauty of your home.
Absolutely! Our dyed mulch is generally made of wood products that have been dyed to a specific color. The colorant used is all-natural pigment that is laboratory tested and certified safe for plants and animals alike. We carry red, black, and brown mulches.
Mulch doesn’t really blow away – it simply falls apart or decays. All organic materials will eventually “gray out” due to exposure to the sun’s rays and decompose into smaller and smaller particle sizes. As it decomposes it eventually looks like dirt. The good news is, as this process continues the mulch becomes a long-term source of nutrients to the plants it surrounds. The bad news is it will also begin to support weed seeds that blow into the bed. Dyed mulches can retain their color for up to two years and still look good. If long-lasting color is important, choosing dyed mulch is your best value.
All hardwood mulch sold goes through a natural heating process that raises temperatures to above 140 degrees. This natural pasteurization removes any plant pathogens and any insects that may wander into it. It is an urban legend that termites are found in mulch. Termites live in the ground and come out of the ground to feed on sources of solid wood – usually your house. The same is true for ants. Many insects like a cool, moist environment that mulch of any kind provides. So do your plants. Remember that not all bugs are bad. They’re part of a decomposition process that breaks down organic material for use by your plants.
The older your mulch is, the more likely a weed seed blowing in the wind will find a place in your bed that it can take root. Putting mulch down inhibits weed growth from new weed seeds, but if there are weeds or weed seeds in the ground beneath the mulch, those plants may grow through the mulch and grow right alongside your shrubs and flowers. The best defense against weeds from the soil below the mulch is an application of pre-emergent herbicide to the soil before putting mulch down. By taking this step, you can enjoy your landscaping without spending endless hours pulling weeds.
It’s most likely fungus. As mulch decomposes and temperatures rise in July and August, hardwood mulch can occasionally become a friendly home to several fungus growths. One type looks like toadstools. Another looks like, well, somebody got sick on it. These two types are harmless. Breaking them up with a rake or your foot will eliminate them. A good dose of water will also get rid of them.