Choosing the Right Mulch for Your Yard

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Finding the right look for your home’s landscaping takes time, effort, and money. After plotting out the space and hiring the right professionals to execute your vision, you’re typically tasked with the upkeep, which includes ensuring that you keep up with the trimming, mowing, and watering of your newly-landscaped lawn. It may also require occasional upkeep, such as mulching, to keep your space looking beautiful. If you’ve never completed a mulching job before, it can be tedious to know where to begin, especially considering the different types of mulch available. Here are some helpful tips to help you choose the right mulch for your yard.

Organic Mulch

Organic mulch is made of natural compounds, including wood chips, tree bark, grass, compost, and other materials. With organic mulch, you can enhance the quality of your soil and increase the nutrients that your plants receive. Organic mulch will need to be applied to your yard each year to keep its color and continue to provide nutrients to your plants.

Inorganic Mulch

Inorganic mulch is made from synthetic compounds, including plastic, rubber, and landscape fabric. Inorganic mulch is good if you don’t have the time to keep up with your landscaping and want a solution that will last for several years.

Application

After deciding which type of mulch will best suit your needs, you should know how to properly apply to your yard. With Mulching, you should only apply a little at a time, typically around 2-3 inches of mulch. If you add too much, it can actually prohibit the number of nutrients your plants receive and could result in rotted roots. Depending on where you live, mulch can be applied almost any season. You typically don’t want to apply mulch if you live in the middle of winter when you live in a snowy area, so be mindful of the seasons when you apply.

With the right mulch, your yard can maintain its beautiful look year after year.