To mulch or not to mulch?
Is one mulch better than the other? How much mulch should I use? When should I mulch?
Our landscape professionals get asked these questions, and there are as many opinions as there are types of mulch. From rock and colored wood chips to cedar and cypress, there’s a mulch for every preference. We asked Kelly O’Donahue, master gardener and Villa landscape designer, to share the scoop on mulch:
Natural mulch has many purposes. It:
- Inhibits weed growth when applying a 4” layer or more
- Cools the roots of the plant and holds moisture around plantings
- Gives a finished look to landscaped areas
- Can impact the look of your garden, so consider plant colors when choosing colored mulch.
More facts about mulch:
- Cedar and cypress mulch take longer to break down in the garden than other wood mulch and will need replenishment less often.
- Dyed mulch is available in browns, reds and gold.
- Dyed mulch will not leech color into your gardens or poison your plants.
- Cocoa chip mulch is poisonous to dogs.
Natural mulch can make your gardens look great. Consider these tips before applying mulch in the spring:
- Add compost to your soil, which will improve any soil condition.
- Before applying a pre-emergent weed control product, read the label carefully for application tips.
- If you are working in soil that is too wet, it will form large clods that when broken down will turn to dust.