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3 Tips for Choosing the Best Mulch for Indoor Plants

People use mulch around their gardens to enrich and protect the soil. But, it is important to note that you shouldn’t limit mulch to just outside use. 

Mulch can be used on your houseplants, as well. It adds a more aesthetic appeal, primarily if you use the right material. It’s also helpful at locking in moisture and discouraging curious pets from digging in the soil. 

By using mulch, you can cut down on how often you need to water your houseplants by approximately 50%. On top of that, using an organic mulch — such as wood chips or bark — add more nutrients to the soil as they decompose.

If you want to mulch your houseplants, remember that common outdoor mulch may be too heavy. 
Most often, materials for houseplants include wood mulch, stones or gravel, Spanish moss, coarse sand, sea glass, and nutshells.

Tip #1: Consider Organic Mulches First

The best organic mulch for potted plants that you’re going to find inside is wood mulch. It’s aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t make as much of a mess as some of your other organic options — such as straw or grass clippings.

When buying wood mulch, you can get it shredded into fine pieces or as wood chips. There are a few different color options you can choose from, too — meaning you can match your home decor.
Some of your wood mulch color choices will vary from shades of brown, black, and red. Learn more about the different types of wood mulch by reading this article.

Tip #2: Consider Your Budget

Although hardwood mulch is the best choice, it’s not always feasible, especially if you have a tight budget. 

When you’re only mulching a few plants, it’s not going to matter much on the cost. But, if you have a bunch of houseplants or you are looking to mulch your outdoor beds too, you might need to consider a cheaper alternative.

Straw or grass clippings are cheaper than wood mulch, but you’ll have to deal with the mess, and they aren’t as pretty.

The best option when you’re on a budget and don’t want to deal with cleaning up straw or grass is to use newspapers or cardboard.

When organic mulch isn’t an option, and your budget is more flexible, landscape fabric or plastic is your next best bet.

Tip #3: Compare Local Suppliers

Sure, you can purchase most mulches online, but they’re usually more expensive. And sometimes get damaged shipping to your home. So, you might want to check out local suppliers.  

With a local supplier, you’ll get higher-quality mulch at a more reasonable price. And chopping at a mom and pop store allows you to customize mixes that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. 

For example, suppose you’re local to North GA and Chattanooga, TN. In that case, you can pick up our custom planting mix we created specifically for growing in our pesky red-clay soil, as well as any of the types of mulch mentioned in this article.

You’ll be able to see the different types of mulch up close so you can get a good idea of which one you’ll like best — and which type will look perfect in your indoor pots.
Stop by or give us a call and let our gardening gurus help you choose the best mulch for your indoor plants.