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Mulchs Dos and Don'ts




Mulching is a surefire way to reduce water loss and give your home that extra bit of aesthetic elegance. However, it's an art, and there are ways of doing it right.


Do Use It Creatively


Mulching is a great way to maintain a fit and healthy lawn, but it also has a lovely, decorative appeal. Leaves with different shades, hues and patterns can be adapted to blend well with the outside shades of your home, like bricks, siding and wall plaster. For instance, the dark maroon of pine mulch is an excellent complement to brick houses. Moreover, dark brown mulch can create a wonderful variance with nearby flowers and enhance the design, setting and theme of your home's landscape.


Do Revitalize


It's important to get rid of old mulch that has begun to rot and accumulate over time.


Do Some Dispersion


A common mistake is to pack the lawn and flower beds with mulch for maximum benefit. However, it's pointless having a heap of mulch in one location and sparsity in another. Spread it out evenly on the edges of pavements and around walkways for uniform neatness.


Don't Leave Soil Barren


Recent research reveals that mulching has immense benefits to the soil and environment. According to Day, erosion from regular surface runoff is a consequence of having barren and inadequate soil cover. Mulching is a good deterrent to erosion. A research study by David Mitchell - a Virginia Tech graduate- showed that barren soil lost five times more sediment than mulch covered soil.


Don't Put Too Much, Or Too Little


3 inches of mulch twice a year is the ideal amount for flower beds. But 3 inches is too much for stunted, herbaceous plants, so you'll also need to factor in that as well. A sufficient concentration of mulch at the right time also helps to preserve moisture, improve soil drainage and stem the growth of weeds. At the same time, you'll be doing yourself a favor as reduced soil water loss translates to lower utility expenses.



Don't Sideline The Trees


Day also recommends that trees be mulched too as doing so protects the tree trunks of young trees. A ring of mulch around a tree is an alarm to mowers and enough to reduce competition with energetic runner plants.


Don't Leave It To Chance


There are some landscaping methods that prescribe geotextiles or plastic. Landscape fabric -as it is commonly known- is used to distinguish different mulches, for example, inorganic stone mulch. It is believed that black plastic is an excellent weed deterrent. Despite the apparent benefits, having an additional layer of landscape fabric could precipitate the surface runoff you are trying to stop, and defeat the whole purpose of mulching. Refrain from landscape fabric if you're using natural, biodegradable mulch from tree bark as this prevents the underlying soil from gaining healthy nutrients and water.


Don't Use Low Grade Mulch


Yes, there is something as bad mulch, and it's everywhere. Sadly, it's hard to notice the difference between the good and the bad. Untrustworthy landscaping companies can be a thorn in the flesh, particularly when they sell you mulch infested with weed seeds. The worst thing about that is, at a time when your trying to reduce moisture loss, you'll be spending money contending with weeds, which compete for moisture as well. So, only work with quality delivery agents, like Colored Mulch, where we sell superior quality, 100% recycled mulch. Your satisfaction is our responsibility! Give us a call today!  We now offer mulch for sale in Woodstock!