One of the most common questions I receive concerns landscape mulching. Do I need mulch? How much is the right amount? What type of mulch is best? Is all mulch the same? Can you ever have too much mulch?
John, my son, shared these comments he found on a forum. I couldn't agree more with this list and want to share a few more comments.
Most people know that mulching should be done after planting, but
few think about their options and advantages.
4 Benefits of Proper Mulcing
1. Preventing and suppressing weeds
Most landscapes that are mulched have fewer weeds than non
mulched areas. Mulches block the sunlight from reaching the soil,
reducing germination of weeds. Weeds can grow in mulch, but are
2. Saves Water
Properly mulched landscape plantings conserve more water than
non-mulched or soil plantings. Mulch coverings, especially
organic mulch coverings, lesson some of the drying effects and
hold moisture in the soil sometimes weeks. This calls for less
3. Cooling Effect
The blocking of sunlight not only suppresses weeds, it also cools
the soil. The lighter the color of mulch, the cooler it tends to
be underneath due to light being reflected rather than absorbed.
4. Looks Good
Natural colored mulch can produce both enhancing and neutralizing
effects in the landscape. This is helpful as the mulch seems to
tie everything together.
Mulch can create a healthy landscape with more abundant and
extensive roots. Mulch can also improve the growth rate.
Here are few mulch myths and mistakes
- Keep the mulch off the root flare of the tree or shrub. Mulch can cause roting if volcanoed (is that a word) on to the base of the plant. Feather the mulch out and thicken it as it moves away from the base of the plant.
- You can have too much mulch. Two to four inches is plenty to provide the listed benefits.
- Don't by the cheap mulch at Wal-Mart and the Big box stores. The product they generally sell is the lowest grade. Look for a premuim grade mulch.
- Myth - Installing weed barrier under the mulch will prevent weeds. Wrong! Mulch is organic and will decompose providing a wonderfull place for weeds to grow. Just remulch annually to keep the weeds at bay. The only time you need a fabric under mulch is when you use rock mulch.
My favorite Bulk mulch store in Tulsa is Tulsa Sod and Mulch. They are located at 61st & Hwy 169. Phone them at 918.252.7631. They deliver too.
Have MULCH better year with propering mulching!