Your maintenance plan should designate the type of mulching system you will use in your new or existing landscape design. Mulching is the practice of covering the surface of the soil with organic or inorganic material after all the planting is complete. Adding mulch in your yard adds more than aesthetic value. The best mulches are made up of many different organic materials. You will want to see which products are readily available in your area in order to cut costs and make it easier to replenish flower beds annually. If you have questions about adding mulch to your garden or re-mulching existing material, contact Valley LSP by calling 410.983.6261. Remember, the best spring lawns start in the fall.
What Type of Mulch Should I Use in My Yard?
A specialist will examine the layout, landscaping, drainage, and elevation of your yard in order to determine which mulch will meet your needs. Choosing the right mulch will allow you to get the most for your money, keep your existing plants healthy, and give your yard the upgrade you’ve been waiting for. Look for mulch with ground pine bark rather than large nuggets, which float and could easily get washed away in a downpour. A few pebbles will help with drainage but will weigh down the beds. We recommend mixtures of the following organic mulches for mulching Maryland gardens:
- Redwood (small bark)
- Mushroom compost
- Rotted manure
- Shredded tree leaves
- Pine needles
- Composted sawdust
- Pine straw
- Cocoa bean shells
- Rice hulls
- Ground corn cobs
What About Inorganic Mulches?
Inorganic mulches, such as black plastic or layers of newspapers can be covered with marble chips or gravel. This is a beautiful accent next to a firepit or landscape wall. Inorganic mulches last longer, but they require routine maintenance in order to avoid looking dirty or depleted. If you have kids or pets, we do not recommend inorganic mulch because it will end up all over the yard. Keep in mind that the prettiest inorganic materials tend to look dirty after a few weeks. Inorganic mulches deter worms and other natural organisms from improving their health.
How Much Mulch Should I Add?
We recommend adding two to three inches of mulch on top of your existing soil. In order to keep your gardens looking pristine, you will need to re-mulch at least once per year. In some cases, you may be able to get away with re-mulching every two years. Look at your nearby walkways and pick a color that compliments them.
Reasons to Re-mulch
The right mulch can be an excellent addition to any garden or tree bed. Adding mulch to your landscaping provides the following benefits:
- Complements landscape design
- Easier mowing
- Weed control
- Water retention
- Uses recycled materials
What Are Common Problems People Run Into When Re-Mulching?
We cannot say this enough: Determine how much mulch you need before committing to a particular type. Then make sure you have more than enough available. This probably sounds obvious, but mulch is heavy. You’ll need more than a flatbed truck to haul it home. If you don’t estimate correctly, you have the potential to run out of mulch halfway through the job. You don’t want to end up having to drive four hours to find enough identical mulch to finish the job.
Mulching Materials and Installation from Valley Landscaping, Stone and Patio
There is no need to go back and forth to the hardware store or get dirt all over your trunk. Valley LSP can take care of all your mulching and re-mulching needs. Contact us today by calling 410.983.6261 to learn more about our landscaping services. Your new yard is just a call away.