Your Guide to Mulching

Mulch is a gardener’s best friend. It helps protect your garden bed against extreme temperatures and block the growth of weeds. Mulch captures moisture and nutrients for your plants while providing a great aesthetic as well.   

Mulches come in many different forms, and some can even be found in your own home. Here is everything you need to know about mulch and why you should begin mulching today. 

Benefits of Mulch 

Mulch is used for multiple applications. Gardeners use it to insulate the soil and protect it from extreme temperatures and seal in moisture. Mulch also blocks weeds from growing and prevents soil compaction. It also provides a well-maintained look for your garden bed. 

Types of Mulch 

There’s a wide variety of mulches to choose from. Depending on what is locally available, appearance, and quality, there are dozens of options. Mulches can typically be broken down into two categories: organic mulch, and inorganic mulch. 

Organic Mulch 

Organic mulches are natural products of leaves, trees, and other plants. These mulches are organic as they can naturally decompose. The advantage of organic mulch is that you’re nurturing the soil naturally. The downside of organic mulch is that it must be replenished regularly. The following are a few examples of organic mulches: 

Inorganic Mulch 

Inorganic mulch doesn’t decompose and doesn’t need to be replenished often. These types of mulches consist of rocks and other man-made materials such as fabric. These types of applications are used more for aesthetic and weed control. Here are the following inorganic mulches: 

Is My Mulch Going TFloat? 

Hardwood mulch may be the least expensive option for freshening up your beds, however, it can also float during heavy rains. Shredded mulch options such as Cedar All Bark is bark stripped from cedar trees. It has a hair-like texture with larger chunks mixed in. It holds its color, packs well to stop weeds, and is much less likely to float away during heavy rains. Landscape beds surrounding pools should use this type if they don’t want to find mulch floating in the pool. Although, you will want to dampen the mulch daily to prevent the mulch from blowing around on Oklahoma’s windy days. 

How Much Mulch Do I Need? 

Too much mulch can lead to issues. Over mulching around trees and shrubs can attract insects and rodent infestation. Excessive mulching can also lead to moisture buildup in the plant’s roots which can cause stress and rot. It’s recommended to limit your layer of mulch to roughly two to three inches. It’s important to note, the finer the material, the thinner the layer. 

Mulching can be a big task for those with large yards. However, our landscaping experts can make that job easier. With years of experience, we can help maintain your flower beds all year long. Contact us to get started today!