Benefits of Mulching
- Mulching around tree trunks can help prevent injury to the tree by mowers and other trimmers.
- Mulch serves as an insulation blanket to the ground, keeping soil cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
- Applying a layer of mulch to plants can hinder certain diseases.
- Mulching provides a uniform, well maintained look for plants.
Where to Mulch
- Mulch should be applied to new plantings because it aids in moisture conservation of the new plant until the roots have grown into the surrounding soil.
The amount of growth and livelihood of the plants increase when there is no competition for water and nutrients from weeds.
- Mulch should be applied to the entire beds of trees, shrubs, annual plants, herbaceous perennials and other ground covers.
- Mulch may also be used to cover areas such as trails, playgrounds and natural areas.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much mulch should I apply?
Generally mulch should be applied at a depth of two to four inches. You may use our mulch calculator to help estimate your mulch needs.
Are the colorants safe for my animals and plants?
Absolutely yes! The color pigments used to dye the raw materials are specifically formulated to be nontoxic to animals and plants.
How long will my mulch maintain its color?
Dyed or color enhanced mulch will normally maintain its color for up to one season. General maintenance of your mulch beds, such as raking, will significantly help your mulch maintain its vibrant color.
All dyed mulch needs time to dry in the landscape setting prior to rainfall or irrigation. Drying time varies due to weather conditions. Minimum of 8-24 hours recommended.