About Landscape Mulch Materials


About Landscape Mulch

Mulch can be described as any material that is applied to the soil surface of any area covered in order to improve and protect that specific area. Mulches can be either organic or inorganic. Organic Mulches include bark, wood chips, leaves and grass clippings whereas inorganic mulches include gravel and pebbles. Organic mulches will decompose over time and become part of the soil as oppose to inorganic mulches that will not.
Rubber Mulch

Mulches are an important landscape material and have a number of benefits to the area that they are utilized. These benefits includes the conservation of soil moisture, weed control, reduced erosion, winter protection to plants and quite importantly, provides a unique and aesthetically pleasing effect to a garden of any sort.

Planting Mulches

For the purposes of planting, mulch aids the conservation of moisture in the roots of new plants while they establish roots in the landscape soil.

This reduces the amount of times plants need to be watered and is therefore a cost-benefit solution to the protection and welfare of your garden. Furthermore, mulch should be spread evenly to a depth of 2 or 3 inches.

It is important to note that mulch can be applied to any plants at any particular time. Recently set plants should be mulched after they are planted and must be watered thoroughly to ensure the stretching and adaptation of their roots to the landscape soil.

Important specifications to bear in mind when mulching include the type of material chosen, size, composition, aesthetics and water-holding capacity. Such specifications will vary across many landscapes because of the type of mulch used and its intended function. Simply consult the advice from your local nursery or mulch supplier, for the right type of mulch for your particular needs.


Different Types of Mulch


Bark Bark: Bark mulches are usually made from pine, cypress or hardwood logs. Bark Mulches aid the landscaping capabilities by adding a unique and decorative look to a garden. Their benefits include the resistance of compaction; they do not blow away, effective for weed control and long lasting. Bark is often used for decorative purposes in gardens.

Woodchips: Woodchips are made from different types of trees. They also resist compaction and do not blow away. One major factor to watch for when using woodchip mulch is there likeliness to create weed problems because of the seeds they possess. These seed often spread and may well be poisonous to surrounding plants.
Wood Chips

Sawdust: The negative elements of sawdust as mulch outweigh its benefits. Sawdust is also likely to cause a spread of weeds. The fact that it does not create beneficial soil moisture for plants and has a tendency to steal nitrogen from plant surrounds diminishes its effectiveness as garden mulch.


Gravel, Pebbles and Crushed Stone: Such inorganic mulches have the unique benefits as a fireproof material and may be colored to specifically unify the features of a house with any surrounding patio or landscape. One of the undermining factors of gravel, pebbles and crushed stone as mulch is the fact that they tend create a very hot landscape in the summer by reflecting solar radiation.