Though it might be common to think of mulch as simple chips of wood used in garden beds and landscaping projects, there are actually several different mulch types that are suited to various applications; and some of them aren’t even made of wood. In fact, with the various mulch types available both on the market and right out in nature, you might find that your options of mulch are almost endless and sometimes even less expensive than you’d imagined. Even if you’re planning on completing a project alone, however, it might be in your best interest to talk to a professional at a local landscaping maintenance company to offer you guidance on how to successfully achieve everything you’re hoping to accomplish.
Depending on which mulch types you choose, your mulch texture can actually play a significant role in how well your plants thrive in it. Just because your mulch definition has never strayed far from the wood chipper doesn’t mean a rethink isn’t in order, especially when some areas of the country are more conducive to the various mulch types whose texture holds in more heat or moisture, while other areas might need mulch types that encourage the quick drain of moisture and easier air flow.
Don’t Lose With What You Choose
So what are some of the best mulch types? Naturally, there are mulches made of bark and wood chips, which generally looks neat and tidy and is slower to decay than other types of mulch might be. Unfortunately, however, some wood mulches are acidic, which can be potentially hazardous to the plants in your garden beds. It can also harbor pests if it’s layered too thickly, so be careful in how much you use. Decaying leaves also make great mulch because the leaves smother weeds and hold moisture very well, which is greatly helpful in keeping thirsty plants properly hydrated. Unfortunately, decaying leaves are not very visually appealing, and sometimes the leaves contain seeds that may germinate and produce weeds. Other natural mulch types include gravel, stone, pebbles, hay, straw, compost, grass clippings, and peat moss. Commonly used manmade alternatives include plastic sheeting and rubber materials such as recycled car tires that have been shredded.
With all the choices available, it’s important to do your homework before deciding what to use. You’ll also need to consider the size of your project, your budget, your willingness to maintain the area, what kinds of plants will be in that particular area, and the environmental conditions of your planting zone.
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