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Why Mulch?

iStock_000000578257SmallMulch can do wonders for improving the overall beauty and health of your landscape and plants.

While mulch can be used to improve the overall physical appearance of the landscape, the benefits it has to offer your trees, shrubs and planting beds run far deeper than looks alone.

Mulching For the Health of Your Plants

Mulch preserves moisture by protecting the soil from drying out, and has been shown to reduce moisture loss by as much as 21% during the hot summer months.

Mulch also helps to control erosion and helps to keep the soil cool, moist, and shaded which can help the prevention of weed and grass growth (which grow better in hot dry conditions).

How To Apply Mulch?

mulch-applyFor best results, planting beds, tree rings, and shrub beds should be cleared of any existing weeds before the mulch is applied and spread. You may also want to install a weed barrier (available at most garden supply centers) to help prevent new growth of weeds or grass. This is not always necessary, although most people prefer to do so as a precautionary step in weed control.

Care should be taken in not piling up the mulch too closely to the trunks of trees and shrubs, as well as the stems of plants in your garden beds. One problem with piling the mulch too closely is that during the colder winter months, mice, moles, and other small rodents tend to burrow in this warm area and eat away at the bark. This can lead to stem damage or even kill your trees and shrubs.

How to calculate the square footage of landscape beds?

certified play chipsDivide the beds into squares, rectangles, triangles & circles to make it easier to calculate.

  • To find the area of a SQUARE – multiply the length x’s the width
  • To find the area of a RECTANGLE – multiply the length x’s the widh
  • To find the area of a CIRCLE – multiply 3.14 x radius x radius (or r2)
  • To find the area of a TRIANGLE – multiply 1/2 x the base x the height
  • Add the totals together to get your total square footage = “M”
  • Convert to square footage to cubic yards
  • Take your total square footage (M) and divide by 120 to get “C”

Example 1,200 sq ft / 120 = 10 cubic yards