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|Plymouth, MA 02360|
You will find a nearly endless list of bark mulch varieties, from cedar to spruce to pine to hemlock. You can find died, color enhanced, mixed, coarsely ground, double ground, finely ground, aged, composted, bagged and bulk mulch. At first glance, the huge variety can be confusing and frustrating but we have tried to simplify things a bit for you with the following tips. Back to Products Page
Bagged or Bulk?
Bagged Mulch may be the choice for you if you are looking for a variety of mulch that cannot be found in your local region. Bagged mulch has the advantage of being in convenient and manageable packages which can make it easy to spread or transport in the backseat of your car. You will pay a heavy price for these conveniences though because bagged mulch can cost up to twice as much as when you buy mulch in bulk.
Bulk Mulch Delivery
We suggest buying your mulch in bulk whenever possible. Most landscape yards will allow you to pick up their bulk mulch in quantities as small as a 50 gallon barrel. You could save up to 50% by buying in bulk and you will often find spreading mulch in larger areas is easier when ordered in bulk. You will not need to deal with ripping open countless bags and you will not have a big mess of plastic to dispose of when you are done. Landscape yards normally offer convenient and affordable delivery options that make bulk mulch purchasing a viable option.
Colored Mulch or Natural?
Mulch color is largely a matter of taste. We highly recommend using a mulch that is either natural or slightly color enhanced. If you find the image above more appealing than the image below, this advice will suit your tastes.
Mulch that relies upon significant color enhancement often bleeds substantial amounts of die during rain events and often utilizes dies to mask inferior material composition. Heavily died mulch products are commonly comprised of predominantly wood with virtually no bark. As discussed below, wood doesn't offer many of the attractive benefits that bark mulch provides.
The one mulch that contains significant amounts of die that we do recommend is black mulch. A good quality black mulch can really make your landscaping stand out. It is a striking look that cannot be accomplished with un-died products. We do, however, caution consumers to make sure you are purchasing a high quality mulch product that will last beyond the first rain event.
The type of bark mulch you choose is mostly a matter of taste. If you like the look and smell of pine bark mulch, we suggest you find a product that is high in bark content, relies upon little or no coloring and contains minimal amounts of sand. As discussed above, coloring can be used to mask poor material composition and we will discuss the benefits of bark content below. Seeking a product that contains minimal amounts of sand reduces the likelihood that you will inadvertently purchase a mulch that is made from stump grindings. We recommend hemlock over cedar due to the fact that hemlock provides the same insect repellant characteristics as cedar but has the added benefits of color retention and soil enrichment. Pine bark mulch, pine spruce mixes and hemlock are the mulches we prefer and that we would recommend for purchase.
The bigger the bark chunks the longer the mulch will take to break down. While the added longevity of a chunky bark mulch may seem attractive, we suggest that a finer grind will benefit your planting beds more in the long run
Finely Ground Bark Mulch
Finely ground mulch is preferable to chunky mulch because it will add more nutrients to your soil, retain water better, provide superior insulation properties and do a superior job inhibiting weed growth.