Mulching

Benefits of Proper Mulching

  • Helps maintain soil moisture
  • Helps control weeds
  • Serves as insulation blanket.  Keeps soil warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer
  • Can improve soil aeration, structure, and drainage over time
  • Can improve soil fertility
  • Can inhibit certain plant diseases
  • Helps reduce damage caused by maintenance equipment
  • Improves the aesthetics of you landscape beds

Types of Mulch

  • Inorganic – Stone, lava rock, pulverized rubber, geo-textile fabrics, and other materials
  • Organic – Wood chips, pine needles, hardwood and softwood bark, cocoa hulls, leaves, compost mixes, and a variety of other products
  • Organic Mulches Preferred – Organic mulches are preferred due to their soil enhancing properties and benefits listed above

How to Mulch

  • Apply mulch evenly to a depth of 2-3 inches
  • If mulch is already present, check the depth and apply as needed (removal of mulch may be required)
  • Avoid piling mulch against stems and trunks
  • Extend mulch ring out as far as the plant’s drip line
  • Mulch wide-not deep