Organic or Inorganic Mulch? How Much Do You Buy? We Have Answers.


How much Mulch should you buy? How thick should you lay it? What's the easiest way to lay it down? What's the difference between organic and inorganic Mulch and which is best?
These are all questions that almost everyone has when they are ready to lay Mulch in their landscape beds.
Mulching your landscape is inexpensive and is one of the easiest jobs you can do as a homeowner.Choosing and adding mulch to flower beds is a good habit to get into to preserve the look and health of your landscape and flower beds
All mulches need to be applied 2-4 inches thick. Mulch tends to settle over time as it decomposes so apply an inch more than you want to end up with as a final thickness. Keep in mind that if the mulch is too thin you won’t receive the benefits from using mulch such as retaining moisture and suppressing weed growth.
For tools all you will need are garden gloves to protect your hands, a garden rake to spread the mulch evenly, especially in large open areas and either a scoop shovel or pitchfork for loading your wheelbarrow. Use the wheelbarrow to transport the mulch around your yard whether you are using bulk or bagged.
Mulch simply makes the landscape beds look finished. We have lots of answers on the blog PLUS a downloadable reference for you on how much mulch to buy! Follow the link below.

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  • Matina V
    on Jun 23, 2014

    Thanks great advice. What about bark and sand mixed? I have a big pile of it from the previous owner of this house.

  • Betty819
    on Jun 23, 2014

    Watch for chiggers/red bugs from the pine needles. A lot of Southern home owners use pine needles because it is so plentiful and probably reasonably priced if you have to buy it. I recently read a neat idea on applying mulch to your flowerbeds. I think it might have come from one of Jerry Baker's books..Before you throw the mulch, put a plastic or terra cotta flowerpot over your plant and the mulch will fall and not touch the plant. When finished, remove the flower pot. I'd like to try to see if it works, the next time I do my own mulching.

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