Mulch can add vibrant color to your landscape. It will cover
the soil in your beds to prevent mud splash onto your plants
and house, as well as give a smooth appearance to uneven soil.
When using as a decorative mulch, we recommend applying 2
to 3 inches to adequately cover and smooth uneven areas. Normally,
you will need to add an additional 1 to 2 inches annually
to compensate for natural decomposition.
As a weed barrier and for proper insulation of plant roots,
we recommend an initial application of 3 or 4 inches for new
or bare landscape. Apply an additional 1 to 2 inches each
year to maintain proper depth and a fresh, clean appearance.
It is best to apply bark in early spring or mid-summer before
heavy weed growth periods.
Water and Proper Insulation
Use of mulch around your plants is necessary for proper insulation
during the extremes of weather. A good layer of mulch applied
to your landscape will reduce soil erosion during heavy rainfall.
It will also aid your plants during seasonal weather, retaining
moisture in the soil during summer heat and insulating roots
against winter freeze.