Mulch Basics

We are often asked “How do I know what kind of mulch I should be using?”  There are a few factors that go into deciding what kind of mulch you need. First, determine if the area you are planning to mulch is flat or sloping. If you have more than a 5 degree slope, you really want to use a double shredded hardwood mulch. Double shredding makes the mulch a finer consistency enabling it to mat together to form a more stable foundation. This makes it less likely to “wash” in heavy rain or blow away in high winds. It also helps to wet the mulch down a little bit after spreading it. This with cause it to mat faster. If the area is flat, you can use any mulch that you like the look of.

Pine bark mulches are best suited to flat and more protected areas. Pine is also good for acid loving plants such as Azaleas, Begonias, Blueberries, Crepe Myrtle, Dogwood, Holly and Hydrangeas, just to name a few. Pine bark mulches tend not to fade as quickly as some other mulches.

Cedar and Cypress mulches contain natural aromatic oils that insect don’t like so they are very good at repelling critters such as ants, termites and fleas.

Dyed wood mulches give you plenty of “POP” for curb appeal. Because of the process of dying the wood it stands out more than natural bark mulches.

Check out the Products section of our website for a list of some of our more popular mulches. We offer 2 varieties of double shredded hardwood and 5 varieties of pine. Or if you are feeling chatty, give us a call at (540) 373-9481 and we will be happy to answer any of your mulching questions.