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FAQ & Resource Center - Mulch FAQ’s
We sell both soil and mulch by cubic yard. Simply multiply the length, width and depth (in feet) and divide by 27. If you need us to, you may email the measurements to us and we will calculate the amount of mulch or soil you need.
If you have an eight foot bed, it will hold two yards of mulch comfortably. A six foot bed will comfortably hold one yard. A yard of mulch weighs approximately 900 or almost ½ ton when dry. Make sure your tire pressure is set to maximum pressure before you come. We always recommend that you cover your load when leaving our yard.
We recommend that if your mulch is matted you should either remove the mulch or stir it up and add a layer of fresh mulch over top.
We only use dyes that our supplier states are environmentally friendly and safe for plants, animals, and humans. We do not recommend you apply dyed mulches when the weather prediction is calling for heavy rain. Dyed mulches need to “set” for a few days in the sun before they are ready for pounding rain. Even so, some color may leach out.
Mushroom soil is not really a flowerbed mulch. Mushroom soil is relatively fine and often considered high in plant nutrients. It is usually composed of horse manure, ground up corn cobs and hay and has a higher ph value. Rain easily washes mushroom soil and while it is sterile from shipment, weed seeds will germinate in it. Mushroom soil works better in a situation where a marginal soil needs to be given humus to sustain a healthy turf. Of course you can use mushroom soil for mulch if you wish because it is organic and will not damage your plants. Some experts do not recommend it for gardens since it usually is treated with pesticides and fungicides in the mushroom raising cycle of its life.
You'll find you have to pull weeds once in a while. Your main problems will be leaves and other debris from trees and shrubs that clutter the appearance. The easiest way to remove debris is to suck it up or blow it away with a leaf vacuum. Stone placed directly under a tree is virtually impossible to keep clean. Better to choose organic mulch, because the tree debris will blend in.
Use fabric under stone: Place a porous landscape fabric under stone to separate it from the soil and slow weed growth. It'll keep the rocks from sinking into the soil and make removal much easier if you want to change it later. Choose a fabric that allows water and air to pass through. Avoid using impermeable plastic, especially if you have trees, shrubs or other plants nearby.
Unfortunately, landscape fabric also makes weeding extremely difficult; you can't get a shovel down through the rock and fabric. And it's tough to pull weeds that root into the fabric.
Don't use fabric under organic mulches. It's better to let them decompose and mix into the soil.
First you will want to know how much mulch you want. You can calculate how much mulch you need by multiplying the length and width of the garden bed (in feet) and dividing the result by 3. This will give you the volume you need in cubic feet (cu. ft.) to cover a bed 4 in. deep. The volume of mulch in a bag will be printed on the label. You'll be surprised by how many bags you'll need. A medium-size SUV can only hold about a cubic yard (27 cu. ft.), or about 14 bags.
A big flower bed or garden takes a lot! Consider delivery or bulk (dumped, not bagged) for large areas. We’ll be glad to deliver your mulch for your.
Apply about 4 in. of mulch to slow weed growth and retain moisture. It is good, however, to clear a 6-in. area around woody stems to prevent rot. Remember, more isn't always better. Limit the depth to 5 to 6 in., especially around shallow-rooted plants. And pull back mulch from the base of plants so it doesn't cause rot.
If you want to use organic mulch on slopes, apply a shredded type about 6 in. deep. It'll mat together and stay in place better than a thinner layer.
To prevent weeds, first pull all weeds before mulching and add at least a 4-in. layer to prevent weed seed germination.
Mulch doesn’t stop weeds completely. If you apply a thick enough cover, it will prevent many weed seeds already in the soil from germinating. It won't stop weeds that have already rooted. Tough weeds like dandelions will push right through if you don't dig them out first. Of course more weed seeds will blow in and take root in the mulch (in both organic and stone). All mulch-covered gardens require maintenance. Mulch saves you most of the weeding but not all.
Most natural organic mulches eventually turn gray, approximately in a year. Shaded areas may last longer.
If you want more color to accent the colors of your plants and flowers, buy custom colored organic mulches. They're processed with vegetable dyes in several colors. Expect the color to last for two to three years. Bright colors like red might run a bit during a hard rain, but the color should wash off nearby walks. Colored mulches also tend to have finer textures, a characteristic that helps them mat together and stay in place on slopes. Look at the colors in our gallery, it will help you make your decision. Of course you can see them even better if you come to our location.
Organic mulch colored with vegetable dyes adds contrast and interest to gardens. It'll need replenishing every two to three years.
Stone mulches also come in a variety of colors, depending on the rock types available. The colors won't fade, but lighter-colored rock may need periodic cleaning to keep it looking fresh.
Larger and more chunky pieces will last longer than smaller bark and shredded-wood mulches. Choose bark-type mulches (such as pine bark nuggets) before shredded wood types (such as cedar, cypress and hardwood) if its durability that you have in mind. Remember, while mulch reduces maintenance it won’t doesn't eliminate it. Organic mulch has to be replenished periodically, usually every two to three years.
No. If you spread organic mulches over damp, low areas it may retain too much moisture. Also you may end up with extra slugs or other pests that may eat your shrubs and plants.
Rock mulches can get extra hot and bake shallow plant roots. We’ll be glad to talk with you or recommend a contractor to come evaluate what mulch is best in your location.
Organic mulches. We recommend that you use organic mulches because they decompose and add a steady supply of nutrients for earthworms and the plants in your landscaping. Organic mulches come from bark and wood, and are a part of the natural ecosystem. Its part of your way of working with nature.
Aged mulch or finely ground mulch will work the most rapidly, but will also need to be replaced.
Use fresh organic mulch (wood chips and bark) where you want to control weeds and improve appearance, but where soil improvement isn't needed, such as around trees and shrubs. While organic, it hasn't begun to decompose and will last longer than aged mulch. It'll also enrich the soil as it decomposes.
Stones will last the longest and rarely need replacing. Use stone to stabilize garden areas vulnerable to washout, for example, on hills and around down spouts. Or use it to improve the appearance of your garden.
Mulch supplies a number of benefits for plants. It helps plants by retaining moisture, reducing competition from weeds, building up the soil as the mulch breaks down, and it keeps soil temperature steady, reducing fluctuations.
For your benefit, mulch will help cut down on your work. Mulch keeps soil from washing away, keeps you from needing to water so often, and as it breaks down it will supply nutrients for your plants. It takes some effort to apply in the beginning, but you will soon see it saves a lot of time in the long run.
Last of all, but certainly not least, mulch enhances the beauty of your landscaping. Organic mulch is the best for the plants, but there are a variety of mulches you can use for eye appeal. Do you want wood chips? Mushroom soil? Dyed mulch? Gravel? Stones? Each has its place and can bring out natural beauty of your landscaping.
That depends on what kind of soil and location you are in. We recommend a minimum of 2-3 inches of mulch every spring. If the breakdown of the mulch is fast you may need to apply once or twice more in the year. You should never have more than 4 inch thickness of mulch on your beds at any time.
Yes, we process and make all our own mulch. We wholesale and retail all mulch products that we make.