Mulch is the underdog of gardening. It might not be the most apparent or impressive aspect of a landscape, but it definitely plays a key role in keeping plants and flowers thriving. So, what is mulch, exactly? Plainly put, mulch is the material you cover flowerbeds with. Not only does it add beauty to your arrangement, but mulch also preserves moisture and keeps weeds down.
That being said, there are various types of mulch and each serves a different purpose. Do you know how to pick the right mulch? Follow our guide to learn more about the different kinds of mulch and decide which one is right for your project.
Most common: wooden bark mulch
The number one choice people go with is wooden bark mulch, which is inexpensive and easy to use. Plus, it has a very natural look. You must refresh with a new layer every few years.
Popular choice: pine straw
Another favorable option is pine straw, which acidifies soil. It’s particularly beneficial for azaleas and hydrangeas as well as rhododendron beds.
Permanent option: rock mulch
For a permanent solution, choose rock mulch. This is the right mulch for low-maintenance landscapes, as the rocks don’t decompose or fade. Avoid rock mulch if you are planting bulbs or annuals.
Unusual and unique: cocoa hulls
A less common and far more exotic choice, cocoa hulls make for awesome mulch. Not only is it great for soil, but it also smells fantastic. Dog owners beware: the cocoa scent can result in dogs eating this type of mulch, which makes them sick.
Once you pick the right mulch, the next step is to properly set it up by laying about 2-3 inches of mulch between plants. You can use your hands, or utilize a rake to cover larger areas.
If you need help choosing the right mulch or laying it down, don’t hesitate to call us!