(Frequently Asked Questions)
Hardwood Mulch is the basic type of mulch sold in our area. A quality mulch is generally made from by-products of the lumber industry. Specifically aged hardwood bark. DON’T be fooled! While ground and chipped up trees and limbs may be advertised or sold as mulch, if not aged and composted properly, can be harmful and toxic to plants and shrubs.
The longer the bark is aged, the darker it gets. Most bark mulch producers only shred and screen the bark once. The screen size determines how fine or coarse it will be. “Double” and “Triple” ground are terms used by consumers and do not represent how mulch is really made. Proper composting and aging produces a mulch rich in nutrients with a dark brown to black color.
How is it sold?
We currently only sell our products in bulk. A lot of mulch suppliers will sell you a “scoop” of mulch??? what does that mean? It generally means they are selling you less than a cubic yard. 1 cubic yard of mulch equals 27 cubic feet of mulch. Which means if you buy mulch in bags it would take you 13.5 bags (2 cubic ft each) to equal one cubic yard. So when shopping around make sure you are comparing apples to apples when it comes to “scoop size”. Ask if their “scoop” is a true cubic yard.
How much do I need?
Determining the amount of mulch you need is simple. All you need is the square footage (length x width) of the area you are going to mulch and divide by 100. 1 cubic yard of mulch will cover 100 square feet at approximately 3 inches deep. So, for example, if your bed is 10 ft x 10 ft = 100 sq ft divided by 100 = 1 cubic yard of mulch.
Can mulching prevent all weeds?
No, we recommend you use a weed preventer such as Preen prior to your mulch application. You can also lay down landscaping fabric or a layer of news paper below the mulch.