Mulch is Simply Marvelous!

Mark Peterson

Mulch is a natural way to enhance organic matter and retain moisture in urban soils. Early fall is the best time to apply mulch to your landscape for maximum benefits.

I confess. I love mulch.

Mulch is a natural way to enhance organic matter and retain moisture in urban soils. Mulch is available in both organic and inorganic forms, and it comes in different shapes and sizes.

Most people think of mulches as raw or partially decomposed pieces of wood or bark. While this is true, mulches also may consist of black plastic, straw, pine needles, pecan shells, and decomposed granite.

All mulches reduce soil moisture loss, but I prefer the organic varieties because of the carbon they add to the soil. Carbon is the energy food for all micro and macro organisms living in the soil and essential for the health of the environment.

Inorganic mulch like decomposed and rolled granite are added to the landscape to facilitate drainage for xeric plants, but they actually pose such significant environmental and maintenance detriments that we seldom recommend inorganic mulches.

Organic Mulches

  • Hardwood chips or shreds
  • Bark chips or shreds
  • Pecan shells
  • Straw
  • Pine needles

Inorganic Mulches

  • Rock of various sizes
  • Decomposed granite
  • Black plastic
  • Rubber chips

What else can mulch do for you? Mulch reduces soil temperature to facilitate root growth, inhibits weed germination and growth, provides soil structure that allows air and water to penetrate, and encourages beneficial soil organisms like bacteria, fungi and earthworms.

We strongly advise the application of mulch in late spring and early fall to achieve maximum benefits, so now is a great time for that mulch application. Your locally owned nursery has just the product for your landscape.

Mulch to your heart’s content.

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