Why do you need mulch?


With warmer weather finally here, it is time to get to work making your yard the best looking on the block. If you want to make your yard look its best as quickly and easily as possible, here is an overview of mulch types and uses of mulch. Mulching is required every few years. If it’s been a while or you have never refreshed the mulch in your flowerbeds or around your trees and bushes, Land Graphics is here to help.

Why Mulch?

Mulch helps to prevent weeds from growing by suffocating the weeds. Mulch also helps keep your soil getting too dry, and regulates the temperature of the soil when the weather is too hot or too cold. It looks good, too – fresh mulch helps add curb appeal to your home.

There are a few places you can add mulch in your yard:

  • Flower beds and gardens
  • Around the bushes and shrubs
  • At the base of trees

If you garden, plan on using organic mulch. A general rule for mulching is to make a layer two to three inches deep. This will help provide structure and help block weeds, but not suffocate the good plant you are trying to help. When mulching around a tree, be sure to leave one to two inches of space around the trunk.

Types of Mulch

There are two main types of mulch: organic and inorganic. Both types have a purpose and are selected based on the needs of your gardening or landscape design projects.

Organic mulch works best when gardening or if you plan on planting flowers or new shrubs before it is time to mulch again. Organic mulch is great because it decomposes naturally over time. Here are some examples of organic mulch:

  • Wood chips
  • Compost
  • Bark
  • Leaves

Inorganic mulch alternatives work well when looks are most important. Inorganic mulch options are not as beneficial for plants, but they are great for blocking weeds. Here are some examples of inorganic mulch:

  • Rubber
  • Landscaping fabric
  • Stones
  • Crushed marble

Each type of mulch has its own pros and cons. If you are not sure of what mulch would be best, or just don’t have the time or desire to do the work – contact Land Graphics!