What is good mulch?

Adding mulch to your landscape maintains a more even soil temperature, slows evaporation, and prevents weed growth.

The best mulch depends on the garden and the plants in it.

Mulch Types

  • Bark and Shredded Hardwood
  • Pine Needles
  • Decorative stone
  • Leaves
  • Rubber

Some alternatives

  • Black polyethylene plastic
  • Landscape fabric
  • Grass clippings
  • Manure (a natural by-product of farm animals)
  • Newspaper

What are the characteristics of a good ground cover or mulch material for Landscape designers, contractors, homeowners or hobbyist?

  • Prevents moisture evaporation from the soil
  • Insulates the soil from extreme temperature changes
  • Allows thorough water infiltration into the soil
  • Minimizes water splash on plants
  • Provides outstanding weed growth prevention
  • Deters snails and slugs
  • Does not “rob” nitrogen from the soil
  • Disease Free
  • Attractive
  • Minimal Maintenance

Good to have:

  • Recycled Material
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Long lasting

Mulch should not transmit the common pests and diseases that can attack your landscape plants.

Mulch should highlight the plantings, so that rich colors and organic texture provide the perfect canvas for quality landscape design.

It should decompose slowly, so the material will not need to be often replenished. The content should stay in place so that wind displacement is minimal.

A light re-dressing on an annual basis should be sufficient to maintain good color and coverage.

By using beautiful and effective organic by-products, landscapers demonstrate their commitment to minimizing waste and reducing the use of chemicals in the landscape.