Mulching around trees and in your garden is a great way to add a professional touch to your property. Believe it or not, there is more to mulch than just curb appeal. Mulching can actually helps to control weeds, enrich, and/or insulate the soil around plants, shrubs, and trees in your garden.
The type of mulch that is available usually depends on your location. For our service area, the most common mulch available is pine bark and pine needles. Both options are a bi-product of the pine tree. However, the production of it is quite different. This seemingly minor difference can have more of an impact than you may actually realize.
Deciding what works best for you doesn’t have to be difficult though. Below, we have provided a guide that will help you decide what mulch will work best for your gardening needs.
Should you still have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 866-WAYNES-1.
Pine Straw (Needles)
Pros: Renewable product Fairly inexpensive Works well on slopes Prevents soil compaction/erosion Breaks down slowly Insulates plants from extreme weather conditions Low maintenance / apply yearly
Takes practice to appear tidy
Turns silver-grey as it ages
Pine Bark Nuggets
*Pros: * Easy to apply Comes in different size grades Enriches soil as it breaks down Low maintenance / apply every 1-3 years Great moisture barrier for plants Easy to identify / pull weeds
Floats in water / washes away easily
Fades to pale gray over time
Excessive mulch can build up and prevent oxygen flow to plants
Pros: No cost Provides essential nitrogen nutrients to soil Organic
Difficult to clear out weeds from clippings
May increase weed growth in the garden
Hardwood Bark Nuggets
*Pros: * Works well on slopes Does not wash away
As it breaks down the soil becomes more alkaline (raises pH)
Byproduct of lumber / paper industries
Not good for acid-loving plants
Can compact over time blocking rain and nutrients from reaching the soil
May contain additives from pressure-treated wood that could be harmful to plants
Not always 100% hardwood
Pros: Available in multiple colors Will not blow away or decompose
*Cons: * Difficult to remove May compact soil over time Inorganic Flammable