How to Choose the Best Mulch for Your Landscaping Needs

Best MulchAccording to a survey conducted by Harris Poll for the NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals), it was found that 75% of adult Americans feel it’s important to spend time in their yards. Additionally, 83% of Americans think it’s important to have a yard and 90% of Americans that own a yard believe it’s important to keep it well-maintained.

If you need tips on how to maintain your lawn, then you have landed on the right page.

You probably know already that one of the most essential factors involved in having the perfect landscape yard is the mulch.

When it comes to mulch, there are a number of options out there for you to pick from. But, you need to be wise when taking this decision so that you can get the lawn you desire. If you choose the wrong quality of mulch, your lawn may end up looking compromised.

We’ve compiled a list of mulches that would suffice for your landscaping needs. Here’s a list of the 3 best mulches available in the United States:

Mineral Mulches

Mineral mulches are one of the most common mulches used today due to their sheer benefits. Mineral mulches suppress weeds and allow water, oxygen, and fertilizer to penetrate the soil more effectively.

Lick rocks, pebbles, and gravel are the most common mineral mulches used around the base of plants, shrubs, and trees. They are also used on walkways and ornamental gardens. Make sure they don’t end up in lawns though if you use an electric lawnmower.

Bark and Hulls

Hulls are not often used as they are a little bit more expensive than other mulches. They also tend to be lighter, which means they can be easily blown away by strong winds. However, since they are the byproducts of crops (cocoa, cotton or buckwheat), they can easily be bought in bags at most garden centers.

Bark mulches, on the other hand, are byproducts of redwood, milled fir, pine and spruce logs. They are a great alternative to hull mulches since they don’t get blown away easily and are compacted. You can use them around trees and perennials or ideally in areas where plant seeds are not cultivated.

Organic Mulches

Most Americans now prefer organic mulches for their lawn since they naturally provide more nutrients to the soil. It’s a great alternative to using chemicals, especially on gardens where you’re growing edibles.

Organic mulches consist of yard waste, shredded leaves, and newspapers as well as straw.

How to Choose the Best One?

Every individual’s landscaping needs tend to vary. While one person might go for an organic mulch for a vegetable garden, the other may want to choose mineral mulches which they believe are more suitable according to their garden type.

We recommend choosing a reliable professional landscaper to help you pick the right mulch. This is because only an expert can study and suggest you the right mulch for your lawn.

In fact, 47% of Americans wish to hire a landscape professional to help them have a nicer yard. A professional landscaper can make your yard look more beautiful and posh than you might imagine.

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Clarke Ramsey
Landscape Artist. I help landscaping dreams come to live. I create raving fans and give my customers the highest quality product available.
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