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How Much is Too Much? Your Guide to Applying Mulch to Your Shrubs

There’s a lot to love about mulch.

Not only does mulch flatter our gardens, lawns, and walkways, but mulching provides a long list of benefits that many of us never even consider. It helps control weeds, combat pests, and retain moisture. And, the extra layer of protection that mulch provides encourages a healthy, natural environment for plants to grow strong.

But, when applied incorrectly, mulch can become a problem, instead of a solution.

Read on to find out how you should measure your mulch!

For the Love of Mulch

Mulch works double-duty to preserve our exterior’s appearance and nutrition. In fact, many of us consider mulch to be an essential ingredient in our landscaping maintenance routine.

But, if you mess up when applying mulch, its’ magical powers can turn on you. And, rather than helping your garden to grow, it can actually go from friend to foe.

When it comes to mulch, there should be a balancing act so as not to apply too little or too much.

So, how do you measure the appropriate amount of mulch?

Luckily, with a little help, it’s a task that’s easily mastered. Even if you aren’t blessed with a green thumb, you can still master mulching.

These tips will help you to make the most of your mulch.

1. Avoid the Volcano Trend

If you look around the manicured lawns of suburban neighborhoods or commercial buildings, you’ll likely be quick to spot the trendy volcano mulch. It’s typically lurking around the bottoms of trees and shrubs. Landscape artists pile bits into a volcano shape, that features the poor shrubbery at its’ explosive center.

Maybe it looks nice. But, it’s not a nice thing to do to your shrubs or trees.

It can cause the protective bark to erode. And, the heaviness of the mulch pressing directly on to the roots and trunk can result in an unsteady, malnourished foundation.

Also, the mulch volcano is a perfect hiding place for pesky rodents and pests who can wreak havoc on your lush green scenery.

2. The Makeup Of Your Mulch Matters

There is a good kind of mulch. And, there is a bad kind of mulch.

The good mulch comes from completely organic, natural, health-inspiring, biodegradable materials.

The bad kind of mulch contains potentially hazardous dyes and chemicals. These harsh additives can not only damage your plants but can even be toxic for humans as well.

When choosing mulch, it’s up to you to check out the label. Make sure that you are mulching responsibly and only using products that are good for the Earth and those living on it. And, when using colored mulch, ensure its’ hues are eco-friendly.

3. Mix It Up

When you apply mulch, start with a loosely-laid 3 to 4-inch layer of material.

With very little maintenance, mulch can sometimes last for years. But, it’s likely that the weather and elements will take their toll throughout the year.

Make it a habit to freshen up your mulch. Mixing around the top layer will help it last and give the compounded bottom soil a boost.

Does Your Shrubbery Need a Lift?

If you’re guilty of misusing mulch, we can help.

Give your garden and shrubs the healthy environment they need to grow.

Contact us today to find the just-right mix of mulch and more for all of your landscaping needs!