How Much Mulch for Healthy Plants?

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low level shot of garden mulchNew gardeners sometimes buy mulch without calculating how much they need to use, but that’s a mistake. Buying too much is wasteful, but buying too little is even worse because a healthy supply of mulch is vital for plant growth. Deciding how much mulch to use can be challenging, since it will depend on the type of mulch and the style of gardening that you use, but it’s worth taking the time to get it right. Continue reading

Five Factors to Weigh When Selecting Landscape Stone

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Granite Boulders landscape stoneWhen it comes to landscaping, stone offers both beauty and practicality. What factors should you weigh when selecting landscape stone for your outdoor living space?

1. Aesthetics

Whether you’re constructing a specific space like a walkway, patio or driveway, framing landscaping beds with stone borders to draw the eye to the natural beauty within them, or using stone to thwart weeds as an alternative to more traditional mulches, you’ll want an appealing look. Stone is available in an extensive range of colors, sizes and textures, and sheer volume of design options is rather impressive. When choosing a stone, consider which qualities will best suit the look of your home. Should you keep it simple with one type of stone or mix it up to produce decorative patterns? Personal preference is the primary influence when it comes to aesthetics. Continue reading

What Mulch Should I Use For My Spring Garden Or Landscaping Project?

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crushed stone and boulders in a gardenWhether you are planning a new garden bed or simply getting ready for the spring growing season, the decision about which mulch to use may be in the forefront of your mind. Every gardener knows the benefits of mulch: moisture retention, weed prevention, and simply making the gardens look more beautiful and more uniform. One excellent option for mulch you may not have considered is crushed stone. Although not as popular these days as organic options, stone provides many benefits.

Why Choose Crushed Stone Mulch for Your Garden

A homeowner or gardener’s first consideration when choosing what to use in their flower gardens usually comes down to appearance. Very few would lay down an ugly groundcover even if it had other advantages. Chips and pebbles come in multiple colors and sizes to better complement your home and landscape design. Continue reading

Is Bark or Stone Mulch Better Protection for You?

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Bark or Stone Mulch: which is better?

Your home provides comfort and shelter to your loved ones, but is more than just the house and furnishings. It’s also the shrubs, trees and flowers that beautify and protect your property. They help prevent erosion and secure the foundation on which your house stands.

One of the essential tools to maintain the effectiveness of your landscape protection is mulch. However, there are numerous types of mulch available. The two primary categories of mulch which can be found anywhere in the country are bark and stone – but which is better for you? As the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia recently pointed out, mulch choice matters.

In deciding between stone or bark, and the appropriate amount you need, you should consider a number of factors: Continue reading

Undercover Gardening: Mulching Your Garden for Winter

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winter mulchIf you want to keep your garden beautiful and healthy throughout the winter season, the most effective way is to cover it with a blanket of winter mulch. You are probably used to spreading mulch on your spring garden to protect new plants and to smother out annoying weeds. Your winter garden also needs special protection and can benefit from a good layer of mulch. It provides a safe haven for the dormant plants that will come up again in a couple of months.

Mulch is used on the surface of the soil as a protective barrier. Some of the most common mulches used are crushed stone, hemlock mulch, and bark mulch. These mulches also come in different sizes and grades. It protects plant roots in the frigid winter temperatures and prevents them from being shifted around in the soil by the wind. When you mulch your garden in the winter, you will also be helping it fight soil erosion by ice and snow. According to an online article from the University of Vermont Extension Department of Plant and Soil Science, mulching is a must for perennial plants. Continue reading

How to Make Your Mulch Work for You

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Cedar bulk mulch ready for the new garden

Cedar mulch ready for the new garden

Ordering garden mulch can seem like an intimidating venture if you have seen a big pile of freshly delivered mulch sit on the edge of your neighbor’s yard for months. However, ordering bulk mulch does not mean you will have a pile of wood chips sitting on your lawn indefinitely. You’ll want to use it quickly since mulch provides a number of benefits. To get a better idea of how bulk mulch should be delivered and how it is used, keep reading.

Having your bulk mulch delivered by pros

When you work with landscapers or high-end homes, you learn the finer points of mulch delivery and what can go wrong. For example, some companies think it is okay to rush through the job and dump a bunch of mulch on the property. Instead, we take the time to deliver large orders of mulch to the owners’ specifications. This means delivering the mulch to a specific area of the yard that will not cover expensive turf or stain pavements. We also place a tarp under the mulch delivery to make it easier to use or clean up. Continue reading

Stone Mulch vs. Bark Mulch: Which to use in your Landscaping Project?

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Bark mulch and stone mulch: each have their purposes

Bark mulch and stone mulch: each have their purposes

Evaluate the attributes of bark or rock and choose the right mulching alternative for your garden

If you are looking for mulch, you have plenty of resources at your disposal. The mulch you choose for your garden can have a significant impact on the appearance and the cost of landscape maintenance. Bark mulch is commonly used in flowerbeds and garden beds, and to protect ornamental plants. Stone or rock mulch, on the other hand, is predominantly a crushed stone and is popular along walkways, driveways, and around buildings.

Bark Mulch

This is the most common and inexpensive type of mulch, made from shredding the bark of trees. Bark mulch is a product of many different trees, the most common of these being cedar, cypress, pine, oak, and hemlock. Ask Melvin Mulch to explain the differences and benefits between various types of trees. Continue reading

Can Wood Mulch Save Water In Home Landscaping?

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Get your landscape mulch delivered by truck

Choose the Best Garden Mulch for your Residential Landscape

There are different types of mulch for your garden or landscaping, each with its characteristics and qualities. Mulch helps to improve the quality and drainage of the soil, control growth of weeds, retain soil moisture, regulate the ground temperature, and improve the appearance of your garden. Understanding the qualities of the different types of mulch helps you choose the ideal variety for your garden.

Bark or Wood Mulch

Shredded wood chips are long-lasting mulches that gardeners do not need to replace periodically. Like the other varieties, wood chips reduce the need to weed your garden by allowing air and moisture to penetrate the soil when spread at a depth of less than 6 inches. Continue reading

Things To Consider When Choosing Stone Mulch

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Stone mulch pathway in garden weed membrane blanket fabric

Stone mulch pathway in garden

The most common landscaping question many homeowners have is about whether stone mulch or traditional mulch is a better option for landscaping. It really depends on what areas in the yard you want to use mulch or stone, and what your personal preferences are.

Traditional mulch is good to use around trees and in flower beds, while stone mulch is a terrific option for places like around swimming pools, framing a natural or man-made pond, in front of a house, near outdoor cooking areas, around outdoor fireplaces and on pathways.

Benefits of Traditional Wood Mulch and Stone Mulch

Either type of mulch can be used, and both have specific advantages. Traditional mulch requires a bit more upkeep and needs to be replaced or have more mulch added yearly to keep it looking its best. Organic mulch adds crucial nutrients to soil and plants and it creates a healthy atmosphere for growth. Wood mulch is lighter weight and won’t require a barrier fabric underneath. Mulch from wood products helps insulate soil, can keep plants and trees from freezing, lessens the need for weeding and helps to keep the area moist.
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Common Myths About Landscaping Mulch

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Gardening shovel in environmentally friendly wood mulch

Ready to use your gardening shovel in environmentally-friendly wood mulch?

Landscaping is art, but there is a lot of science to go along with it. You can beautify your lawn in a way that is not only environmentally sound, but also attractive. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths out there. Some are grounded in facts, but more often they miss the mark. We’re going to set the record straight on a few of the more common myths associated with different types of mulch, including wood mulch. We’ve talked about a few of these myths before, but it’s always good to have as much information as possible:

1. All mulch is pretty much the same

Unfortunately, no, all mulches were not created equal. Some mulches increase and some lower the acidity of the ground. This is a good thing because some plants thrive on more acidity, some on less. It is best to do your research and buy the right mulch that offers what you need. Continue reading