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What Mulch is Best? What you Need to Know about Mulch…

Male gardener working in the garden doing the mulching at the start of spring kneeling in a flowerbed spreading the mulch around a tree trunk

Mulching is an excellent addition to any landscape. Of course, there is more to mulch than just making plant beds look great. Mulching can also provide functional benefits to the landscape. You probably already know that mulch is very beneficial to plants because it helps retain moisture during periods of drought. It will not only keep the soil moist beneath its surface, but it will protect the plants’ delicate root system from the heat in the spring and summer. In the fall and early winter, mulch will insulate your plants’ roots from extreme cold and wind.

There’s no question that mulch can be a valuable addition to the landscape—but only when you invest in a quality product. A lot of people don’t realize that not all mulches are created equal.

What is Mulch Made From?

The first thing to consider is what the mulch you’re considering is made from. If you haven’t given much thought to where your mulch comes from in the past, you ought to start.

Mulch can come from a variety of sources and this can have an enormous impact on its quality and effectiveness. Mulch – Wikipedia

Unfortunately, some mulches are made from unwanted sources such as ground-up pallets or even dead plant material. This is how some mulch suppliers can get away with selling it so cheap. But having nails or decaying wood end up in your mulch is far from desirable. In addition, if mulch is made from plant material that was killed by a disease, you could introduce that disease into a landscape simply by using the mulch.

This is why the quality of the mulch you are purchasing matters.

At Nature’s Mulch and Landscape Supply, we are using 100-percent virgin timber, which has never been used for anything else. In other words, we’re not using recycled, decaying, diseased, or dead material to create our mulches. That’s important because a higher quality mulch is going to last longer and be an overall healthier (and more effective) addition to the landscape.

Mulching a bed with bulk mulch in a landscape card and shovel next to sidewalk.

How Much Mulch Do I Need?

Generally speaking, we find that most people over mulch. While mulch can be a great addition to the landscape, it is possible to have too much of a good thing! There is a “sweet spot” of around two inches, which is ideal for mulching around plants. Too much mulch can actually lead to health issues for your plants.

A lot of people also ask How much mulch is in a yard?

One cubic yard of mulch covers 150 square feet at the recommended two inches deep.
If you have specific questions regarding how much mulch you need for a particular project, we are here to help. We also provide mulch delivery directly to your job sites.

How much does mulch cost? Three different types of mulch offered for sale at a Natures Mulch Garden Supply.

How Much Does Mulch Cost?

The other thing that most people want to know is how much does mulch cost? This comes back to the original point that not all mulch is created equal. Since most people initially assume that all mulches are the same, they just choose the cheapest one. But this usually means you’re getting a lower quality mulch.

In addition, you should also know that it’s not like comparing apples to apples. We have been told that we are most expensive because a competitor charges less “per scoop” than we do. But you must know what the quantity of a “scoop” really is. For us, it’s a cubic yard. But a lot of mulch suppliers consider a “scoop” a half of a cubic yard. If that’s the case, then we would be the more affordable option.

Though we don’t believe that people should shop on price alone, we still believe it’s important that you understand what you’re getting for your money.

Making Your Wise Choice

In the end, getting the best results from your mulch will largely come down to the quality of the mulch that you choose. At Nature’s Mulch and Landscape Supply it is our goal to provide a good quality product at a fair price. In order for you to get the benefits that you’re looking for, we believe you deserve nothing less than the best.

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