Mulching is a surefire way to brighten up a landscape is with a fresh layer of mulch. In addition to the added beauty, mulching is one of the best things a home owner can do for the health of a tree. Mulch can reduce water loss from the soil, minimize weed competition, and improve soil structure. Properly applied, mulch can give landscapes a sharp, well-groomed appearance.
There is a wide variety of mulch to choose from. Some options are:
Shredded Hardwood Mulch- Readily available and comes in natural colors or dyed red or black mulch. Typically lasts 1-2 years. This type of mulch comes from small trees, construction timber, pallets or even utility poles.
Cypress Mulch- Many people likes its orange look and it’s an organic mulch that helps keep the soil cool and insulate plant roots during freezing temperatures. As it decomposes, it adds nutrients to the soil without changing the soil’s pH level as it does so.
Cedar Mulch- Cedar deteriorates at a slower rate, taking years to break down, so it needs to be replenished less frequently. It also produces a pleasant smell. It has the capability to repel insects, which can be a benefit or detriment, depending on the type of garden.
Pine Bark Mulch- Bark makes a very good mulch and usually lasts 1-3 years. It comes in deferent sizes, from mini to large pieces. As it breaks down it enriches the soil with organic material. It is less suitable for areas that tend to get flowing water in heavy rains as it tends to float and wash away with moving water.
Pine Needle Mulch- This is very popular in the South. You may see it used all throughout areas of Augusta, Evans, Grovetown, and Martinez, Georgia. It’s used in landscape, flower and vegetable gardens at a depth of about 3-5 inches and it settles to about 2-3 inches. It needs to be refreshed annually.
Cocoa Mulch- Adds dark color to landscape beds and it great to uses around annual or perennial flowers. During the first few weeks, it produces a nice chocolate aroma. This type of mulch lasts 1-2 years. Keep in mind that chocolate is not safe for dogs, so if your beloved pet tends to eat things in the yard, this might be one to avoid.
Fresh Wood Chips- They’re best used in landscape garden paths and flower beds. They make up a long-lasting mulch, usually 2-3 years. Do not use them in an area where termites are an issue, like near your home’s foundation.
Composted Materials- Usually, composted materials like mushroom compost are dark in color. Similar to pine straw, they require annual replenishment, but greatly enhance soil quality.
Call 706 Lawn Care for a free quote for mulching services today and save your back the trouble of lifting heavy bags of mulch and then spreading it around evenly for a nice, clean look for your property.