Ah, we love the smell of fresh mulch in the morning. And mulching is as essential to your yard as your lawn is. And choosing where to mulch and what mulch to use can take a lot of thinking.

And that’s before you get into the actual labor of mulching itself. But if you need mulch, BK’s got it! And if you don’t need mulch, let’s be honest, you need mulch.

Why Mulch?

Mulching serves several functions in your yard, including moisture retention, temperature control, and even adding beauty to your home. What mulch you choose will depend on your goals and budget for a particular area in your garden or yard.

It’s Getting Hot Out Here – So Put Down All Your Mulch: Temperature Control

One reason so many people put down mulch in the summer is that mulching helps to insulate your plants. When it gets too hot, new plants’ delicate bodies are protected from the beating sun as they are in their earliest stages of growth.

In addition, when fall and winter* roll around, plants still alive are protected from the cold by the blanket of mulch you had the wisdom to put down when it was still warm. That’s a twofer!

*And remember, for your snow removal needs, BK’s got you (un)covered!

Moisture Retention – When the Rain (Doesn’t) Comes

Even though summer can get pretty humid, your flower beds can still dry out when you go through even a few days without rain or human watering intervention. Mulch can vastly extend the time between watering your gardens. In this way, mulch can save both the life of your plants and money on your water bill.

Just Like Weeds, Pests Want to Be, Close To You

Weeds are a fact of life. But rather than excessive spraying or manual pulling, mulch can create a natural weed barrier around your flowers, shrubs, and trees. Mulching also prevents your lawn from encroaching on your flower beds.

Weeds are just flowers growing in the wrong place, so if your lawn is destroying your flower bed edges, your grass just became a weed!

Certain mulches can also discourage common garden pests through their smell or texture. Luckily for humans, bugs and slugs don’t find the same appeal in mulch that we do.

She’s a Beauty

Finally, the last purpose of mulch is the most obvious – it makes your yard prettier. The right mulch can blend or contrast with your flowers and trees in a way that makes them all look better.

Mulching also helps create clear boundaries between one part of a yard and another and brings the eye to the focal points you want to share with viewers.

Types Of Mulch

There are two basic mulch categories, but within each are several varieties. The two categories are organic (typically plant-derived) and inorganic (manufactured). Which is best will depend on the purpose you are trying to achieve.

Organic mulch is excellent for feeding the soil. In the wild, a natural mulch is created when trees shed leaves and branches, and fallen trees break down. Organic mulch mimics this through using materials from trees or other plants.

Inorganic mulch is perfect for areas where you don’t want it to break down. For example, playgrounds will frequently use mulch made from tires because it lasts longer and is easy on children’s feet.

Stayin’ Alive – Organic Mulch

Most of the mulches you see in gardens and flower beds come from plants. Some of the most popular mulch is made from shredded wood, though some people will use leaves, shells, corn cobs, hay, and even compost.

If your goal is to kill invasive plant life to make room for something else, one of the most effective ways to do so is to smother it in fresh mulch. By fresh, in this case, we mean mulch from a freshly chipped tree. The fresh mulch basically sucks the nutrients out of the plants while also preventing the sun from getting to them.

Most mulches are made more to help desirable plant life to be healthy. In these situations, you will typically use aged or treated mulch.

When it comes to aesthetics, you can find mulch to match just about any landscape. Whenever you seed a dark red or black mulch, it’s likely dyed. These can be used in flower beds, around trees, or anywhere you want an extra POP of color.

Finally, if you’re planning to eat what you grow, it’s best to use untreated mulch. That way, only what you put into your soil on purpose will end up in your food.

Manufactured Mulch: Plastic (+ Glass, Rubber Etc) Passion

Manufactured mulch can be a good choice if you want to make sure your mulch doesn’t break down for a long time. You can find mulch made from old tires, plastic, and polished glass.

Rubber mulch can be an excellent choice for a playground area, and you will often see it used in schools. Mulch made from glass can be stunning, is found in many colors, and discourages soft-bodied pests like snugs and snails from entering your gardens.

Drop It Like It’s Heavy

Depending on the size of your property, mulching can be back-breaking and time-consuming, especially if you don’t have professional equipment. In addition, buying mulch in the bags you see at the store is not a cost-effective way to mulch a large property.

The best way to buy mulch is in bulk. A truck will deliver mulch to your property and dump it in your yard to be spread out. But it needs to happen quickly, especially in the heat, or you risk losing the plants in the area where it was dumped.

The End

With all the complexities and factors in deciding what mulch to use, when, and how much, you might feel overwhelmed trying to make your mulching decisions. But you need not worry because if you have BK on your team, we will be sure that whatever you do will be the right decision for your yard.

So even if you don’t know mulch, but you know you love mulch, that may be all you need to know.