What is mulch?
|Black Shredded Recycled Rubber Mulch|
When selecting mulch, realize that not all mulches are the same. In the past, you may have laid mulch only to see it start to fade in a matter of weeks. This is a major frustration for gardeners. Scotts Nature Scapes Advanced with Color Guard technology retains its color for a full year backed by Scotts no-quibble guarantee.
|Geobin Composting System|
From recycling last week's newspapers or collecting grass clippings after mowing, to composting garden and kitchen waste , inexpensive mulch materials are readily available all around. The lumber and arborist industries often sell chipped wood products inexpensively. These wood chips tend to break down slowly and are sometimes used on garden paths and walkways. Many gardeners prefer the look of the woodchip or bark mulches that are available through local garden centers. Read the labels to determine the contents or sourcing of mulches before purchasing. Whether these mulches are sold by the bag or by the truckload, these tend to be partially composted and add a great, finished appearance to the garden while breaking down over time to add organic matter to the soil.
Why do I need it?
Leaves and bark mulch benefits run much deeper than beauty.
* A mulch layer can moderate the soil temperature reducing the effects of extreme heat or cold.
* Soil condition may be improved by the decomposing matter from mulch that provides plants with added nutrition.
* Mulching a garden creates the ideal environment for earthworms and beneficial organisms.
* If heavy rains or soil erosion is an issue, mulch can help reduce these effects.
* Weeds will find it more difficult to grow in a mulched area, as the mulch helps to block weed growth and access to the sun.
How much do I need?
It is easy to determine how much mulch you will need using the online mulch calculator from Scotts. Measure the bed size and the calculator does the rest. Then, when spreading high quality mulch, like Scotts Nature Scapes Advanced, take your favorite cold beverage, draw a line around the can about two to three inches from the bottom, and use it to spread mulch to the appropriate measured level.
When should I use mulch?
|YARDWISE Landscape Rubber Mulch Pallet-Cedar Red Color|
A fresh mulch layer is extremely beneficial, and can make the garden and landscaping look awesome. The proper application of mulch demonstrates your expertise to your friends and neighbors, and helps create a naturally weed-free environment to maximize your garden's growth.