Frequently Asked Questions
How to prepare Mulch Beds for Colored Mulch
1What is the difference between Blended and Triple?
Blended mulch is a mixture of Double and Triple mulch, which means it has medium size and small pieces of wood material. Triple Mulch is all smaller pieces. Both are made with the same wood waste but Triple Mulch is processed a step further allowing only finer mulch in its consistency.
2Will mulch hurt plant life?
Organic mulches add nutrients to the soil as it decays. A quality fabric barrier between the mulch and the soil enables soil to retain moisture, maximizing the effectiveness of watering while allowing water and nutrients to flow to the soil.
3Will Mulch cause termites?
Mulch does not cause termites, but if termites are already present in an adjacent structure, it can give the insects a chance to tunnel in the mulch. Odds are slim that Double and Triple size mulch will attract termites as they are small pieces of wood. If your house is protected by an exterminator than the proper chemical barrier will stop termites from entering the home and the surrounding mulched areas.
4What are the benefits of wood mulch?
Wood mulch is used around trees, shrubs, landscape plants and flower beds to help reduce weeds, conserve moisture and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape. Gradually wood mulch breaks down slowly and adds organic matter to the soil. Generally, a mulch layer of 2-4 inches will reduce weeds, conserve moisture, and make for an attractive appearance around shrubs and trees.
5Is our mulch treated?
We do not add any chemical agents pertaining to pesticides or weed killer to our mulch. It is all organic material which goes through three heat cycles while being processed. The only additive used is the colorant for the colored mulch, which is environmentally safe and specifically formulated to be nontoxic to children, animals and plants.
6Will this mulch float away?
No, we’ve never had a floating complaint. This mulch is made with hardwoods and is denser than bark. This helps the mulch stay in place. Of course, nearly anything will move if the water velocity is great enough. The location is also a factor, for example; if you’re mulching a sloped area prone to water runoff there may be distribution of mulch outside the desired boundaries.
7Why is it important to water mulch after it is installed?
Mulch can be flammable in extreme hot temperatures and drought. If the mulch is hot to the touch, allow it to cool before placing it around your plants. In very dry weather we recommend that when you water your plants also water your mulch. This will help hold moisture in for your plants well being.
8How much mulch do I need?
In order to get the advantages of mulch, you will need to apply three inches deep. Knowing that, it’s quite simple to calculate how much mulch you will need. Multiply the length times the width of the area to be mulched, and then divide by 100. This gives you cubic yardage needed to cover the area at 3” depth. For circular and rectangle beds, use our material calculator for your convenience.
9If I buy bags how many will I need?
You will need 13.5 two cubic foot bags to make one cubic yard. There are 27 cubic feet in 1 cubic yard.
10I still get weeds even though I use mulch. Why?
This generally occurs due to one of two reasons: improper depth or improper bed preparation. People generally apply mulch too thin. Mulch should be applied at a bare minimum of 2” thick, 3”- 4” preferably. Weed seeds have a tough time getting the required sunlight if the mulch is applied correctly. But, before the mulch is applied, the area needs to be properly prepared. The existing weeds should be pulled. Then, many people apply landscape fabric. An even better, less costly and environmentally friendly solution is to place several layers of newspaper on the area. Spray them with the hose to weigh them down and you’re ready to go. The newspaper decomposes and it’s easy to plant through.
11Do you harvest trees for mulch?
We don’t harvest trees for the production of mulch. We only recycle and process trees that have been removed for land development, storm debris or by arborists. Our mulch is a by-product of recycled wood waste generated locally.
Follow theses 10 steps to maximize the aesthetic value of your colored mulch.
1. Kill Weeds – Spray all weeds with weed killer 1 to 2 weeks prior to mulching. This allows weeds to completely die, making them easier to pull prior to installation.
2. Trim Trees and Bushes – Because of the debris produced, be sure to trim trees and bushes before applying new mulch.
3. Clean Out Mulch Beds – Remove all dead leaves, weeds and trimmings with a rake.
4. Cultivate – Use a roto-tiller or hand cultivator to loosen any compacted soil or mulch. This allows moisture and air to pass through the mulch easier.
5. Edge Your Beds – Landscapes with clean edges enhance the appearance and give it a professional look. Use an edging shovel or edger to accomplish this. Tip: Use your garden hose as a guide to create nice flowing curves.
6. Rake Smooth – Use a stiff rake, such as a mud rake, to smooth all surfaces to be mulched. Otherwise, your mulch will look lumpy.
7. Apply a Pre-Emergent – This is the time to prevent weed seeds. Apply the pre-emergent before mulching. A second application later further ensures protection from weed seeds
8. It’s Time to Mulch – Using your hands or a rake, apply new mulch over the cultivated mulch or soil. Spread evenly to 2 inches thick, more or less, depending on other variables. When complete, water to moisturize mulch and settle it into place.
9. Mulch Maintenance – After a month or so, check mulch for compaction. If it is compacted, use a garden claw or cultivator to loosen it. This allows water and air to pass, which helps prevent the growth of fungus and restores appearance.
10. Fungus – If present, remove it and the surrounding mulch. Rake existing mulch to cover the area. Then water thoroughly. Fungus is a sure sign that you mulch has compacted and your beds have dehydrated; cultivation and watering may be necessary.