Mulch is an essential part of any backyard. Whether you garden or simply use your backyard as a place to hang out, mulch can be used in a number of ways to keep your outdoor space looking great and healthy.
Inorganic vs. Organic
The type of mulch or aggregates you choose should depend on what you’re using it for. If you’re a gardener with lots of flower beds, consider organic mulches like wood, bark, compost, grass clippings and leaves. While these won’t last more than a few years, they’re easy to spread and add nutrients to your soil. Inorganic aggregates like pebbles and stone are a more permanent option, so if you’re planning on doing lots of digging and planting, choose wisely.
Choose a Mulch for Your Garden
Mulches come in all shapes and sizes, and have many different characteristics. Bark nuggets are a common mulch but can float away if placed on slopes in heavy rain. Shredded bark andw wood is also common, and is inexpensive and easy to apply.
Buy & Layer the Right Amount
Make sure you calculate the right amount of mulch before you buy. You’ll need to spread it two to three inches thick, but avoid spreading it thicker or you could encourage pests. You can also mulch at almost anytime of the year; in the colder months, mulch helps to protect your plants’ roots from the cold, while in the summer the mulch helps retain moisture and prevent weeds. Mulch around trees and shrubs to protect them from mowers and trimmers.
For more mulching tips and tricks, check out these do’s and don’ts of mulching from Dirt Cheap in Kitchener.